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Match Preview: Brighton

Posted: Fri 19 Apr 2013
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The Seasiders Take On The Seagulls

The Seasiders make the long trip south to face Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow for their penultimate away game of the season.

Paul Ince has no new injury concerns ahead of the game with Gary Taylor-Fletcher coming through two substitute appearances in the past week unscathed.

Isaiah Osbourne sits out the game as he serves the last of his three-game ban following his red card against Nottingham Forest.

As for the home side, Kazenga Lua-Lua and Will Buckley are expected to return while Ashley Barnes is back in contention after suspension.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool have faced Brighton 25 times in competitive matches with The Seasiders winning nine, losing eight and drawing eight of those fixtures.

Previous Meetings

27 October 2012 - Blackpool 1-1 Brighton 

17 March 2012 - Blackpool 3-1 Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion

The Seagulls currently lie 4th in the npower Championship, three points clear of Bolton Wanderers who occupy the next place outside of the play-offs.

Gus Poyet has been in charge of the South Coast club since November 2009 and his management has not gone unnoticed with Reading recently showing a strong interest in the Uruguayan in light of Brian McDermott's departure.

An automatic promotion spot is out of their reach as they trail 2nd place Hull City by 11 points with just three games to go.

Stat Attack

- The Seasiders have suffered just one defeat in their last ten matches.

- Blackpool's most common away result is 1-1, which has happened on six occasions this term.

- Pool score 74% of their goals in the second half of games.

- Brighton are unbeaten in six games (W2, D4)

- The Seagulls have conceded just 16 goals in their 21 home games this season.

Referee

Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

The last time Mr Bates refereed a game involving The Seasiders was the 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town in September 2012, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher getting Pool's goal.