BHAFC v DCFC (10/3/17) | Match Preview

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 News;

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 News;

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.

Last Time We Met: DCFC [0]-[0] BHAFC (6/8/16);

Brighton were held to a goalless draw on the opening day of the season at the iPro Stadium.

H-2-H;

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

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Murphy;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-1 Derby

 

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