BHAFC v BRFC (1/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton head into the home straight in pole position to get promoted to the Premier League, but will have a hard task on their hands when they face an improving Blackburn side who hope to avoid the drop to League One.

Blackburn News;

Blackburn could feature Corry Evans for the first time since January after a groom injury; he came through international break with Northern Ireland. Danny Graham and Adam Henley both have returned to training but will miss the game due to lacking of fitness, while Gordan Greer is unavailable due to injury. Blackburn conceded a 93rd minute equaliser to Lancashire rivals Preston last time out; Tom Barkhuizen opened the scoring for Preston before Elliot Bennett and Craig Conway put Rovers in front, only for Aiden McGeady to strike deep into injury time. Graham is the leading scorer with 12 goals this season.

Form; W, W, D, D, D, D

FACT; Blackburn have yet to lose a game since Tony Mowbray took charge back in February.

Brighton News;

Brighton welcome back defensive trio Bruno, Seb Pocognoli and Gaetan Bong after injuries, while central defender Vegard Forren could also feature after working up his fitness over the international break. Brighton were defeated last time out 2-0 by Leeds, thanks to a brace from ex-loanee Chris Wood. Glenn Murray leads the way for the Seagulls at the top of the goalscorting charts with 17 goals this term.

Form; W, L, L, W, W, L

FACT; Only one team has ever failed to gain promotion from the 2nd tier haven’t won 77+ points from 38 games played; Wolves in 2001/02.

Last Time We Met: BRFC [2]-[3] BHAFC (13/12/16);

Brighton came out on top back in December, thanks to goals from Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens and Murray; consolation goals from Sam Gallagher weren’t enough for Rovers. Greer was also sent off for 2 bookable offences.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 15 of the 37 games played, while Rovers have claimed victory 11 times. Brighton have won the last 4 games, and are undefeated in the last 9 meetings (5W, 4D), with the last defeat coming back in 1992. There has never been a goalless game between the 2 sides.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;

Baldock, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 3-1 Blackburn

 

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