Brighton can take a giant step towards the Premier League with a victory on Tuesday night; they take on a deteriorating Birmingham side who’s play-off ambitions have turned into relegation survival.
Birmingham have Michael Morrison and David Davis both missing, but have no other injury concerns. Birmingham came away with a point on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Ipswich; goals from Johnathan Grounds and Grant Ward help share the points. Lukas Jutkiewicz is the leading scorer for the Blues with 11 goals.
Form; W, L, L, D, D, D
FACT; Birmingham have lost 10 games since Giafranco Zola took charge; only Rotherham have lost more games (15).
Brighton could feature captain Bruno int he matchday squad, after he sat out Saturday’s game while Sam Baldock is still missing as he recovers from injury. Brighton won last time out with a 1-0 victory against Blackburn, thanks to a Glenn Murray strike. Murray is the leading scorer with 19 goals this term, and is on course to be the first 20 goal player since he did it back in 2011.
Form; L, L, W, W, L, W
FACT; Brighton have recorded 12 home clean sheets this season, their highest tally in a season since 2003-04.
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Brighton scored deep into injury time to snatch all 3 points; Murray heading home a 94th minute corner after Anthony Knockaert cancelled out Jutkiewicz’s opener.
Brighton have won 12 of the 31 game played between the 2 sides, with the Blues claiming victory 10 times. Brighton have won 5 of the previous 6, and have won the last 3 all by a 2-1 scoreline.
Rosenior, Hunemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;
Brighton 2-1 Birmingham