BHAFC v BCFC (29/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton will look to clinch the English 2nd tier league title for the first time, when they take on Brsitol CIty on Saturday; Brighton just need to match or better Newcastle’s result from Friday night for them to be handed the Championship trophy, while Bristol City need a point to mathematically be safe for another season, although they should be safe with a superior goal difference over Blackburn, and will know before the kick-off wether they will actually need the point or not.

Bristol City News;

Bristol City will be without Aaron Wilbraham, Mark Little and Gary O’Neil for the game on Saturday. Bristol City won 3-2 last time out at home to Barnsley; ALex Mowatt put the Tykes in front before Tammy Abraham pulled it level. George Moncur put the visitors back in the lead, only for Jamie Paterson and Aden Flint to secure the 3 points for the Robins. Abraham is the leading City scorer this season; the on-loan Chelsea man has scored an impressive 23 goals.

Form; L, L, W, W, D, W 

FACT; The Robins have won just once in their last 17 away games, losing 12.

Brighton News;

Brighton could welcome back Sam Baldock after missing the previous 6 games through a glute injury, but Shane Duffy and Connor Goldson are both still out. Brighton’s 5 match winning run came to an end last Friday, after they lost 2-0 away at Norwich; David Stockdale scoring 2 own goals, after the ball rebounded off the bar and post onto his back both times from Alex Pritchard shots. Glenn Murray has 22 for the season, and is the leading Albion scorer.

Form; W, W, W, W, W, L

FACT; Murray has scored in each of his last 5 home game.

Last Time We Met: BCFC [0]-[2] BHAFC (5/11/16);

Brighton secured a 2-0 victory over Saturday’s oppositions, thanks to a spectacular goal from Steve Sidwell (which ended up winning EFL Goal of the Season), and a goal from Jamie Murphy.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 31 of the previous 76 meetings between the 2 sides, while City have claimed victory on 28 occasions. Brighon haven’t tasted defeat against the Robins in 7 matches; winning 6 of those games, and have only conceded once in that time, scoring 13. The last City victory was at the Withdean 10 years ago.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;

Hemed, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-0 Bristol City

 

NCFC v BHAFC (21/4/17) | Match Review

Brighton tasted defeat for the first time in 6 games, after 2 freakish own goals. David Stockdale scored a remarkable two own goals as Brighton suffered a 2-0 defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road, meaning we must wait to clinch the Championship title.

Brighton were uncharacteristically slow to get out of the traps and almost conceded after just five minutes when Norwich striker Nelson Oliveira failed to connect with the ball when unmarked inside the six-yard box. The Canaries continued to dominate possession as the half wore on and deservedly took the lead, although in fortuitous circumstances. Josh Murphy showed great determination to bundle his way through two challenges before laying the ball off for Pritchard on the edge of the box. His sweet strike cannoned off the crossbar into the back of Stockdale and then back into the Brighton goal. It was a case of déjà vu 20 minutes later as another excellent shot from Pritchard struck the woodwork – only to once again rebound off the back of Stockdale and trickle over the line for a freakish second. Brighton had looked like a shadow of the side that had secured promotion to the Premier League earlier in the week and Hughton would have demanded a response during the half-time interval. The visitors began the second period with real intent and could have pulled one back when Jamie Murphy’s cross narrowly evaded Glenn Murray inside the Norwich box. The Seagulls top scorer thought he had his goal moments later but his looping header was well cleared off the line by Russell Martin. Norwich continued to provide a real threat on the counter-attack and youngster Murphy was unlucky to see his penalty appeals waved away after he was brought down in the box by Lewis Dunk. That proved to be the last real talking point in the match, as the hosts closed out a surprisingly comfortable win against the champions-elect.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (5); Unlucky night for the Albion stopper; nothing he could of done to stop the goals.

Bruno (6); Showed some signs of attacking intent, but his rapport with Knockaert was off and had a real battle on his hands with Josh Murphy.

Hunemeier (6); Looked good in the air, but on the ground against Oliveira he looked lethargic and not at the races.

Dunk (6); Much similar to Hunemeier; got caught wrong side of Oliveira in the opening minutes.

Pocognoli (5); Frustrating night for the Belgian; restricted to lots of defending and then blazed his free kick over in the second half.

Knockaert (5); Terrible night for the Championship player of the year; grew frustrated as the game drew on, most likely due to his early encounter with Graham Dorian’s.

Sidwell (6); A really tough night for the midfielder with Pritchard coming and going and Howson getting forward every chance he could get.

Norwood (6); Same as Sidwell, but had more joy when in possession of the ball.

March (5); Pinto had him in his back pocket for much of the game; didn’t really create an awful lot.

Murphy (6); Should of had a penalty in the first half, but other than that he was pretty much chasing shadows with Norwich moving he ball around nicely.

Murray (6); Looked very isolated up top on his own, had a couple good chances, but couldn’t take them.

Subs;

Hemed (6); Injected a bit of quality as the formation reverted to 4-4-2.

Stephens (6); Subbed on at the expense of Norwood, and helped control a losing midfield.

Akpom (N/A); Not much chance to do anything, other than get in the way of Murphy’s shot which he was offside for.

NCFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Stockdale OG (18), (39);

Att; 26932 (Brighton Unknown)

MOTM; Norwood

BHAFC v WAFC (17/4/17) | Match Review

Brighton secured Premier League football for the first time, and returned to the top flight for the first time in 34 years. After a tense win against a stubborn Wigan side, fans, players and chairman Tony Bloom sparked into wild celebrations, with promotion all but confirmed; it later was official when Huddersfield conceded late on against Derby to end up drawing.

Anthony Knockaert tried his luck from distance early on, but his tame effort from distance was comfortably gathered by Wigan goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard. Knockaert then cut inside from the left and drifted in a superb cross towards the onrushing Glenn Murray, but Jake Buxton got a crucial touch to head the ball behind. The Frenchman delivered another ball into the box that Haugaard couldn’t deal with, before Lewis Dunk saw his second attempt deflected wide. The Knockaert-Dunk combination was in action again, as the Albion centre-back rose highest in the box from an in-swinging set-piece only to see his header go over. Albion continued to cause Wigan problems from set-pieces, and this time Uwe Huenemeier met a Knockaert corner at the far post, but Haugaard collected the ball. Albion broke the deadlock in the 37th minute courtesy of Murray, who fired home his 22nd goal of the season from the edge of the box after being teed up by Tomer Hemed. The club’s leading marksman thought he doubled Albion’s advantage five minutes later when he headed home, but the ball had gone out of play from the original corner. Albion had a golden chance to double their advantage shortly after the re-start after Haugaard dropped the ball but both Hemed and Knockaert saw their subsequent shots blocked on the line. Haugaard redeemed himself moments later with a fine save to keep out Knockaert’s free-kick from nestling into the far corner. The Seagulls did get the second goal in the 65th minute, as some brilliant skill from Knockaert teed up Solly March, who took a touch and fired a right-footed strike through Haugaard’s legs. Substitute Jamie Murphy raced forward down the left-hand side to set up Murray in a central position, but Stephen Warnock deflected his effort over the target. Albion had their second effort of the afternoon ruled out for offside when Hemed played Knockaert through on goal, although it looked a very close call. The Seagulls continued their dominance as Murray flashed a ball across the face of goal and Knockaert narrowly failed to make a connection at the far post. Just as Albion looked to be cruising toward the finishing line, Nick Powell headed home Jamie Hanson’s perfectly-weighted cross to make it 2-1 five minutes from time. Albion sub Chuba Akpom came close to adding a third late on, but his angled attempt hit the side netting. But the game finished 2-1 with Albion knowing that their place in the Premier League was all but secured – sparking jubilant scenes at the Amex which will last a lifetime, only for them to be officially promoted a couple hours later, when Derby scored a late equaliser against Huddersfield.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Was on course for a 21st clean sheet, but denied by Powell late on but won’t mind that too much, after the games he has kept them in this season.

Bruno (7); Was sound defensively and linked up well with Knockaert throughout the game.

Hunemeier (7); Another good contribution to the team with some rock solid defending; only blemish was that Powell got inside of him for his goal.

Dunk (7); Been solid throughout the season, and another strong performance saw them over the line.

Bong (7); Not much to offer going forward, but a complete defensive performance.

Knockaert (8); Big part in what turned out to be the winning goal, and another useful contribution elsewhere.

Stephens (8); Does go unnoticed at times for what he does to the Brighton side, but starting to get the recognition he deserves; another top midfield performance.

Kayal (8); Brought back into the starting XI, and produced a sturdy game where not much went wrong for him defensively or offensively.

March (8); Scored what turned out to be the goal which sent up Brighton; a constant threat out wide, although his crosses weren’t his best.

Murray (8); Who else to settle the AMEX nerves? A cool composed finish for his 22nd goal of the season.

Hemed (7); Not the standout performace he had hoped for, but his precise pass to Murray helped them take the lead; did a lot of the graft up top

Subs;

Murphy (6); Added an injection of pace down the wing.

Norwood (6); Sent on to try and keep possession and see the game out.

Akpom (6); Had a glorious chance to grab his first Albion goal, but had some good hold up play.

BHAFC [2]-[1] WAFC ; Murray (37), March (65); Powell (85);

Att; 29,940

MOTM; Knockaert

NCFC v BHAFC (21/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton go into this game on Friday, knowing they have already secured promotion for the first time to the Premier League; but a win would seal the second tier title for the first time in Brighton’s history. Norwich’s season is over with no fears of relegation or making the play-offs.

Norwich News;

Norwich will be missing Matt Jarvis, Alex Tettey, Timm Klose and Youssouf Mulumbu for the visit of Brighton. Norwich won 3-1 away at Preston on Monday; goals from Graham Dorrans and Josh Murphy put Norwich in front before Tommy Spurr pulled one back; James Maddison came up with a 3rd in added time. Cameron Jerome is the leading Norwich scorer with 16 goals.

Form; W, L, L, W, L, W

FACT; Norwich have lost just once in their last 7 (W5, D1, L1) games against Brighton, although it came in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Brighton News;

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns after Monday’s promotion winning match; Sam Baldock, Shane Duffy and Connor Goldson all remain sidelined. Brighton secured promotion to the Premier League on Monday thanks to a 2-1 win over Wigan, followed by Huddersfield’s draw at Derby; Glenn Murray and Solly March scored the Albion goals, before Nick Powell scored a consolation goal. Murray has scored 22 goals this season, the same amount he scored in his last season with Brighton.

Form; L, W, W, W, W, W

FACT; If Brighton secure the title, it will be their fourth in 16 years, more than any other current EFL club; only Manchester United have won more.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [5]-[0]  (29/10/16);

Brighton thumped the Canaries in the last encounter, thanks to goals from Anthony Knockaert, Lewis Dunk and a hat-trick from Murray.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 30 of the previous 86 meetings between the 2 sides, with Norwich winning on 32 occasions. Brighton haven’t win at Carrow Road since Boxing Day 2002 (D1, L3 of their last 4 meetings since then), with the last meeting in Norwich being the thrilling 3-3 draw back in November 2014.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert,Stephens, Kayal, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed;

Prediction;

Norwich 1-1 Brighton

 

BHAFC v WAFC (17/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton can virtually secure their place in next season’s Premier League with a win against a Wigan side desperate for the 3 points too, as they fight to save themselves from relegation.

Wigan News;

Wigan have a huge injury list for the visit to Brighton with Alex Gilbey, Omar Boyle, Wigg Grigg, Reece James, Andy Kellett, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Donavan Daniels all out injured. Wigan came from 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 victory last time out against Barnsley; Adam Armstrong and Ryan Kent gave the visitors the advantage, before substitute Nick Powell scored an 11 minute hat-trick to help claim a valuable 3 points. Grigg is the leading scorer for the Latics with 7 goals this season.

Form; L, L, L, L, W, W

FACT; Wigan have won 1 of their 11 games against the current top 7, losing their last 5 matches.

Brighton News;

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns other than known absentees Sam Baldock, Connor Goldson and Shane Duffy; Solly March is expected to recover from his knock picked up on Friday. The Seagulls won 2-0 away at Wolves last time out, thanks to a brace from Anthony Knockaert. Glenn Murray is the leading Albion scorer this season with 21 goals; Knockaert now has

Form; W, L, W, W, W, W

FACT; Brighton have accumulated 51 home league points this season; they have been promoted in each of their 5 seasons they’ve amassed 51 or more points.

Last Time We Met: WAFC [0]-[1] BHAFC (22/10/16);

Brighton claimed victory at the DW Stadium thanks to a superb strike from Dale Stephens.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 8 of the 15 previous meetings between the 2 sides, with Wigan winning 6; the only draw coming in the first ever meeting between the sides. Wigan have lost 5 of their 7 trips to Brighton, although they have won 2 of the last 3. Brighton have scored at least once in the last 6 games against Wigan.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-0 Wigan

 

WWFC v BHAFC (14/4/17) | Match Review

Brighton claimed another 3 points on their way to promotion, after Anthony Knockaert scored towards the end of both halves, as Albion moved one step closer towards the Premier League.

It was the hosts who created the first opportunity of the game after a quiet start, but Andreas Weimann blazed his effort wide of the target from just inside the penalty area. Tomer Hemed then came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock for Albion, but his effort came back off the crossbar after he had latched on to Knockaert’s perfectly-weighted through-ball. Hemed turned provider for his strike partner Glenn Murray soon after, but Albion’s top goalscorer sliced his half-volley wide from 20 yards. Wolves striker Ivan Cavaleiro then picked up the ball and found space to shoot from just outside the box, however Lewis Dunk was well positioned to intervene with a superb block in front of goal. Knockaert swung an inviting free-kick into the penalty area for the Seagulls, and after Hemed did well to glance his header on target, Wolves goalkeeper Andy Lonergan tipped over at full stretch. Solly March was next to try his luck after receiving a short corner from Knockaert, but the winger’s low-driven effort from 20 yards could only find the side netting. But the Seagulls found a breakthrough on the stroke of half-time and it was Knockaert, the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season, who latched onto David Stockdale’s long ball forward, cut inside and fired low into the bottom corner. Hemed had a chance to double Albion’s lead in first-half stoppage-time, but the forward’s left-footed strike flew over the crossbar after he had taken advantage of Danny Batth’s short clearance. Few chances were created inside the opening exchanges of the second-half, as Albion protected their narrow lead and showed patience in their attempts to add to the scoreline. Stockdale was called into action on the hour mark, as Conor Coady found space at the back post and directed his header on target, but Albion’s shot-stopper reacted well to parry the full-back’s firm effort. Ben Marshall drove into Albion’s penalty area and unleashed a powerful right-footed effort, but once again Stockdale was on hand to push the midfielder’s attempt away from danger. Wolves pushing their players further up the pitch in search of an equalising goal, Albion broke away and doubled their advantage in the 82nd minute, as Knockaert benefitted from Murray’s persistence, before slotting the ball home from close range. Hughton’s team had chances to break away and extend their lead further, but the scoreline remained 2-0 as the Seagulls move closer to promotion.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (8); Played his part in the win, with 2 big saves in the second half. Strong in the air too.

Bruno (8); A performance so good its probably gone unnoticed with Knockaert and Stephens performances; defended well and started the move for the second goal.

Hunemeier (7); A solid job against a hit and miss Wolves attacking line.

Dunk (8); A busy afternoon for the centre-half; lots of crosses to defend and got through good work.

Pocognoli (7); Not really exposed by Weimann, but did a decent job when attacking.

Knockaert (9); Another dazzling performance from the Player of the Year; got himself 2 goals and terrified both full-backs when interchanging with March.

Stephens (9); Lots of hard graft in a busy midfield; oozed control and composure throughout, and was at the heart of much of Brighton’s attacking play.

Sidwell (7); Kept his place in the starting XI, and was busy throughout with some good defensive work against an unorthodox front 4.

March (7); Interchanged with Knockaert from time to time, but had much of his joy down the left against Coady where he thrived.

Hemed (7); Came so close to opening the scoring when his effort crashed off the bar. Played a big part in the second goal.

Murray (7); An exhausting afternoon for the frontman; dragged defenders away and got the assist for the second.

Subs;

Murphy (7); On for the injured March, and won the 50/50 tackle which ended with Knockaert’s second goal.

Norwood(N/A); Replaced Hemed late on, and help see the game through.

WWFC [0]-[2] BHAFC; Knockaert (45), (82);

Att; 23,221 (2,787 Brighton)

MOTM; Knockaert

 

WWFC v BHAFC (14/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton will be aiming for another 3 points towards the 7 needed to secure promotion to the Premier League; they travel to Wolves who have been on the up since the turn of the year.

Wolves News;

Wolves will be without Carl Ikeme and Jordan Graham, while Helder Costa is touch and go with his fitness. Wolves lost 3-1 last time out to Bristol City; their first in 7 games. Goals from Martin Paterson and a brace from Tammy Abraham put the Robins 3-0 in inside an hour, while Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a consolation goal late on. The leading scorer for Wolves this season is Costa with 12 goals.

Form; W, W, W, W, W, L

FACT; Wolves are loooking to win 4 home games in a row in the same season, since winning their opening 4 games back in 2014-15

Brighton News;

Brighton will have Lewis Dunk available after he has recovered from his sickness bug, but Sam Baldock misses out again through a glut injury. Shane Duffy and Connor Goldson are the only long term absentees for the Seagulls, with both expected to miss the rest of the campaign. Brighton won 2-1 last time out away at QPR; goals from Glenn Murray and Seb Pocognoli were enough to take all 3 points from Loftus Road, although a Matt Smith goal cause late frantic action. Murray now has 21 goals for the season and is the leading scorer.

Form; W, W, L, W, W, W

FACT; Brighton have not won at Molineux in League competition since January 1991, having drawn 5 and lost 2 of their 7 trips since.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [1]-[0] WWFC (18/10/16);

Brighton narrowly beat Wolves back in October, thanks to a early strike from Baldock.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 13 of the 29 previous encounters, while Wolves have only see victory 6 times. It has been a very low scoring affair since the memorable 3-3 draw back in 2012, with only 8 goals being scored in the 6 games after so don’t expect too many goals; there has only been 1 goalless draw.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed;

Prediction;

Wolves 0-1 Brighton

 

QPRFC v BHAFC (7/4/17) | Match Review

Brighton stretched their lead to 3rd place Huddersfield to 12 points, after a huge win at Loftus Road coincided with a Terriers defeat away at Nott’m Forest; it now means the Seagulls are just 7 points away from the Premier League with 5 games to get them.

Ryan Manning had the first opportunity of the game for the hosts, but the midfielder’s speculative effort from 30 yards swung straight into the hands of Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale. Uwe Huenemeier surged into a great position to meet Solly March’s wonderful delivery to the back post, but Manning was well positioned to head clear just in front of the German defender. The pair continued to cause problems inside QPR’s penalty area, and after Huenemeier forced a clearance to the edge of the box, March took aim and volleyed wide of the target. March looked lively for the Seagulls during the opening stages of the game, and the winger tested Alex Smithies with a stinging drive from 25 yards that the QPR goalkeeper gathered low down. Conor Washington then took advantage of an under-hit pass from Steve Sidwell in the centre of midfield, but the striker fired over the crossbar from 20 yards after racing towards goal. Albion had the ball in the back of the net just after the half-hour mark, but Glenn Murray’s close-range tap in from Anthony Knockaert’s cross was correctly ruled out for offside. Stockdale was then called into action as Manning received the ball on the edge of the penalty area, but the midfielder’s tame effort was comfortably dealt with. Seb Pocognoli brilliantly intercepted a close-range strike from Washington inside the box, before Bruno came to Albion’s rescue with another important block from James Perch’s shot inside the six-yard box. Pocognoli drilled a low effort towards goal from 30 yards, which took a deflection off Murray before being guided over the goal line by Tomer Hemed, but once again, the linesman’s flag was correctly raised for offside shortly before the break. Following pressure from Dale Stephens at the start of the second half, March broke forward and fired a low shot towards goal, but the winger’s effort nestled into the side netting. The Seagulls took the lead in the 58th minute when Murray received a pass from Hemed and raced through on goal before coolly slotting the ball past Smithies for his 21st goal of the season. Albion were awarded a free-kick on the edge of QPR’s penalty area in the 64th minute, and after Pocognoli took responsibility, the Belgian full-back found the top corner with a wonderful left-footed effort that clipped the underside of the crossbar before going in. Pocognoli then came to Albion’s rescue when he cleared the danger after Stockdale spilt Smith’s header from inside the box. However, the striker wasn’t to be denied from the resulting corner, as he glanced home to score in the 74th minute. Rangers were boosted by Smith’s goal and came agonisingly close to levelling soon after, but Stockdale was on hand to clear off the line with his feet from Idrissa Sylla’s scuffed attempt. The hosts piled on the pressure late on, but Albion defended well to clear multiple deliveries into the penalty area and held on for their 26th victory this season.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Made a fine save from Smith when 2-1, and commanded his area well.

Bruno (7); A strong performance against 2 tricky players in Morrison and Robinson; attacking was a little off, but it was more about the defensive duties.

Hunemeier (7); Another towering game from the German; had a handful with Smith against him, but commanded him well and looked powerful in the air.

Dunk (6); Forced off at half-time through illness again, but had a pretty easy first half.

Pocognoli (8); How crucial could that goal be? Spectacular free-kick, only topped off by a mature defensive performance too.

Knockaert (7); Closed down quickly by the QPR players; found some space at times but was hit and miss in this game.

Stephens (7); Had his work cut out playing against a 3 man midfield, but covered the back 2 well and was eager to get the ball moving quickly.

Sidwell (7); Little room to move in the first half, but opened up well for him in the second when spaces started to open up.

March (7); Like Knockaert, he was a little hit and miss; gave Perch a run for his money nevertheless.

Murray (8); You don’t doubt him in those situations; cool, calm head and an expert finish four his 21st of the season.

Hemed (7); Quiet first half other than his disallowed goal, but played the precise ball over the top for Murray’s goal.

Subs;

Tomori (7); Filled Dunk’s boots well and was ken to put his body on the line for the cause.

Murphy (6); Replaced Hemed to help sure up the midfield as QPR searched for an equaliser.

Norwood (N/A); Not much time to make an impact, only to add an extra body to midfield.

QPRFC [1]-[2] BHAFC; Smith (74); Murray (58), Pocognoli (64);

Att; 16,503 (3,219 Brighton)

MOTM; Pocognoli 

 

QPRFC v BHAFC (7/4/17) | Match Preview

Brighton will be looking to return to the top of the table with a victory in London on Friday night; they face a QPR side who have been on the up since the last encounter back in December.

QPR News;

QPR will be without Jordan Cousins, but could welcome back Jack Robinson, otherwise its no new injury concerns for Ian Holloway. QPR lost 1-0 last time out to Aston Villa, thanks to an early goal from Jonathan Kodija. Idrissa Sylla is the leading scorer for the R’s with 8 goals this term.

Form; W, W, D, W, L, L

FACT; QPR haven’t kept a clean sheet at home since the 1-0 win over Bristol City back in October.

Brighton News;

Brighton are without Sam Baldock for the 3rd game in a row, as he recovers from a flute injury, but Lewis Dunk is available after he had to be subbed in Tuesday’s win with a sickness bug. The Seagulls won 3-1 in that game against Birmingham, thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Uwe Hunemeier, with Che Adams grabbing a consolation goal for the visitors. Murray now had 20 goals this season; the first time an Albion player has reached the landmark since Murray did it himself back in 2010/11.

Form; L, W, W, L, W, W

FACT; Brighton are unbeaten in their last 7 Championship games contested on a Friday (6W, 1D).

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [3]-[0] QPRFC (27/12/16);

Brighton coasted to a comfortable 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Baldock, Murray and Anthony Knockaert.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 31 of the 78 meetings between the 2, with QPR winning 30. Brighton are unbeaten in the last 8 games against QPR (4W, 4D), and have kept 6 clean sheets during that period and scored 13 times.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed;

Prediction;

QPR 1-2 Brighton

 

BHAFC v BCFC (4/4/17) | Match Review

Brighton climbed back to the top of the table, after beating Birmingham 3-1 at The AMEX. Goals from Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Uwe Hunemeier.

Brighton were 1-0 up in a matter of minutes; some superb link-up play involving Anthony Knockaert and Bruno laid the ball on a plate for Albion’s leading marksman, whose first-time finish beat Tomasz Kuszczak for his 20th goal of the season. Blues came within inches of levelling the scores just five minutes later, but captain Craig Gardner’s free-kick cannoned off the crossbar with David Stockdale rooted to his line. Gardner then tested Albion with another set-piece, but Stockdale made a save down low to his right-hand side. The visitors were undeterred by the early setback, as two shots by Clayton Donaldson were blocked by Lewis Dunk and Hunemeier. The Seagulls were dealt a blow with half an hour gone, however, as Dunk was forced off due to a sickness bug and was replaced at centre-back by Fikayo Tomori. Albion worked an opening shortly after the re-start when Solly March whipped in a perfectly-weighted cross towards Hemed, whose header was blocked. Knockaert then saw his follow-up strike blocked. Albion doubled their advantage when Murray headed Bruno’s cross towards the far post and Hemed was on hand to nod the ball home with 48 minutes on the clock. The lead was made more emphatic just five minutes later thanks to Hunemeier’s first Albion goal – his volley taking a deflection off Donaldson to beat Kuszczak in the Birmingham goal. The German could have doubled his tally soon after with a glancing header from the corner that just beat the far post. But just as Albion were heading for yet another clean sheet, Adams grabbed a consolation when his close-range shot deflected past Stockdale in the 85th minute to end a swift counter-attack for the visitors. Blues substitute Maikel Kieftenbeld also tried his luck from distance in the closing stages, but Stockdale made a comfortable save and the game finished 3-1 to the Seagulls.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Not an awful lot of work for this to do, will be dissapointed not to have kept another clean sheet, but will be thankful that Gardner’s free-kick crashed off the bar in the first half.

Bruno (8); Defensively sound, and was a menace in attack, creating the opening goal and playing a hand in the 2nd.

Hunemeier (8); Caught out by Donaldson a couple times, but was generally on top of him throughout the game; rewarded with his first goal for the club.

Dunk (6); Made a vital block from Donaldson, before going off with sickness.

Bong (7); A surprise inclusion with the full-backs being rotated, but coped well and had some bright ideas with March in front of him.

Knockaert (8); Played a part in all 3 goals; but his judgement of passing was generally off, although he made up for it with a top work-rate.

Stephens (7); Had his work cut-out against a stern 3 man Birmingham midfield, but seemed to cope well enough.

Kayal (7); Like Stephens he had his work cut out; more of a defensive night for the Israeli.

March (7); Might of had a penalty in the first half, but his movement was superb and was a threat throughout.

Murray (8); Scored his 20th of the season, and looked like he would bag a few more; work-rate was class once again.

Hemed (8); A very quiet first half soon sprung into life in the second with his 11th of the season.

Subs;

Tomori (7); Played a majority of the game after replacing Dunk, and looked comfortable in his usual position of centre-back.

Murphy (6); Replacement for Knockaert, and but didn’t affect the game too much.

Norwood (N/A); Replaced Stephens and looked to shine with a string of fancy and long range passes.

BHAFC [3]-[1] BCFC; Murray (2), Hemed (48), Hunemeier (53); Adams (85);

Att; 28,654

MOTM; Hunemeier