Brighton have the chance to extend their gap to 3rd by 9 points with a win on Friday. They take on a Derby side, who’s play-off push has faultered in the last few weeks.
Derby will be without Bradley Johnson, George Thorne, Jason Shackle and Craig Forsyth due to injuries, while Richard Keogh faces a late fitness test. Derby were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Preston on Tuesday; Matej Vydra put the Rams ahead, before a 95th minute equaliser from Tom Barkhuizen meant that the teams shared the points. Tom Ince is the leading scorer for the Rams, with 12 goals so far this season.
Form; L, D, L, L, W, D
FACT; The Rams last clean sheet away at Brighton came back in November 2005
Brighton’s new signing Forren should be included in the matchday 18, while Chuba Akpom could also feature after missing the last 2 games through injury. Seb Pocognoli is closing in on a return, but might not be back until after the international break. Brighton were 2-0 winners in midweek at Rotherham; goals from Anthony Knockaert and Solly March got them back to winning ways, after back-toback defeats in the previous 2 games. Glenn Murray remains the top scorer with 17 goals this term.
Form; D, W, W, L, L, W
FACT; Brighton have kept the most clean sheets this season with 16, closely followed by Derby on 14.
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Brighton were held to a goalless draw on the opening day of the season at the iPro Stadium.
Brighton have won 14 of the 41 previous meetings, while Derby have claimed victory 20 times. The last 3 games have all ended level (2-2, 1-1, 0-0), with he last victory from either side being a 2-0 win to Brighton back in March 2015. Brighton have lost just once at home to Derby since moving to The AMEX (excluding play-offs); that was back in August 2013
Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior;
Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Murphy;
Brighton 2-1 Derby