Seagulls Flying Up To Meet Seasiders
Blackpool welcome Gus Poyet’s Brighton to Bloomfield Road tomorrow as they go in search for their first home win since the 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough on 18 September.
The Seasiders will be looking to build on Tuesday night’s draw with Nottingham Forest, where Dexter Blackstock’s last minute equaliser prevented the home side from gaining all three points.
Kevin Phillips scored four goals against The Seagulls last season but he is expected to miss out tomorrow as he continues his recovery from a calf problem.
Brighton are without a win in five and have scored just once in that period; the goal coming from Will Buckley in the 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich Town.
Blackpool have met Brighton 24 times in competitive matches with The Seasiders winning nine, losing eight and drawing seven.
Last Season’s Meetings
17 March 2012 Blackpool 3-1 Brighton
20 August 2011 Brighton 2-2 Blackpool
Brighton & Hove Albion
The South Coast club enjoyed a fine first season in The Championship as Poyet led his side to a 10th place finish after promotion from League One the year before.
Last season was the first in their new home and The Amex Stadium went on to win an international award for the best new venue.
The club was granted planning approval in the summer to increase the capacity of their £93 million stadium from 22,500 to 27,500 and it is expected to be developed further next summer to accommodate over 30,000 supporters.
- Blackpool haven’t kept a clean sheet since the 6-0 win over Ipswich at the end of August.
- Blackpool have scored first in just four of their 12 league games so far this season.
- Brighton have the best defence outside of the English top flight having conceded just eight goals so far this campaign.
- The Seagulls were top of the table after seven games with five wins, one draw and one defeat to their name.
Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire)
The last game involving Blackpool that Mr Naylor refereed was the 3-3 draw with Leicester City in March this year.
Kevin Phillips scored in the 90th minute to rescue a point for The Seasiders.