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Big Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion

20 April 2014

The Amex - Monday 3PM

For the first time all season Blackpool go into a game with their heads below water, so their trip to play-off chasing Brighton & Hove Albion now has added significance. 

Results on Saturday pushed The Seasiders into the relegation zone, after being edged out of Friday’s Lancashire derby by Burnley.

Pool have now lost four on the spin and are winless on the road since November, so they’ll need to bury those records in Sussex.

This is the first of two tricky looking away fixtures, especially since Brighton slotted into the top six after picking up a point in their first Easter fixture.

Six clubs below Brighton can realistically still claim a play-off spot too, but it is Oscar Garcia’s side in the driving seat after their draw at Huddersfield.

The Seagulls go into the Easter Monday clash unbeaten in five, and they’ve recovered from three consecutive defeats in March at the right time.

Team News
Blackpool’s injury list is increasing each game, and Jack Robinson is a doubt after leaving the pitch early on Friday. Gary MacKenzie, Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Steven Davies will all miss out. Angel Martinez is hopeful of making the trip however.

As for Brighton, they’re set to be missing Matt Upson who is injured, as well as Will Buckley, Andrea Orlandi and Andrew Crofts. 

Recent Form
Blackpool’s defeat to Burnley came on the back of three previous losses and leaves them in real danger. Pool’s last victory came seven games ago, when they saw off Huddersfield.
Last five: LLLLD

Brighton are unbeaten in their five matches, and Friday’s draw at Huddersfield came after victories over Leicester and Charlton.
Last five: DDWWD

The two sides last met in the last match of 2013, when The Seagulls left Bloomfield Road with three points thanks to Inigo Calderon’s strike. Pool’s last trip to The Amex resulted in a heavy defeat this time last year, as they were beaten 6-1. 

Complete Record: Blackpool wins: 9, Draws: 8, Brighton wins: 10

Stephen Dobbie is the main connection between the two sides, as the Blackpool striker played 15 time for Albion last season. Peter Suddaby is another player to represent both sides. 

Blackpool supporters can pay on the day at The Amex, with a £1.50 increase.
It means the prices will then become the following.

Adults: £31.50
Over 65s: £23.50
Under 18s: £16.60
Under 10s: £9.50

Blackpool can be backed at 6/1 to win at The Amex, while a draw is at 11/4 and Brighton are at 8/15

Pool are 14/1 to win 1-0, while Craig Cathcart is 40/1 to score first with Sky Bet.

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Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bournemouth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfield
Leeds v Nottingham Forest (17:15)
Bolton v Leicester (Tuesday 8PM)
Reading v Middlesbrough (Tuesday 8PM) 

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