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The Match: Brighton & Hove Albion

19 September 2014

Preview Saturday's Game

Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool
Saturday 20 September 2014
The Amex Stadium


Six defeats from seven doesn't tell the full story of Blackpool's season so far, and Jose Riga's men will look to put it all behind them when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion.

A penalty denied The Seasiders coming out of their back-to-back home games unbeaten, but now they face one of the longest trips of the season.

A single goal has settled all but one of Pool's defeats, and now they face a Brighton side who've endured a mixed start to the campaign.

Last season The Seagulls were beaten in the play-offs, so their supporters will have hoped for more than seven points at this stage of the season.

Sami Hyypia's side have taken just one point from their last 12 available, so something has to give at The Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Team News
Andrea Orlandi will face a late fitness test to see if he'll face his former club, having missed the Watford defeat with a foot injury.

Peter Clarke is expected to recover from illness to travel, but Gary MacKenzie, Jose Cubero, Jacob Mellis and Steven Davies will miss out with injuries.

For Brighton, Solly March and Dale Stephens are yet to feature due to injruies, so are set to miss out again.

In The Build-Up
The Seasiders were beaten 1-0 on Tuesday night by Watford, after claiming their first point of the season against Wolves a week ago.

Brighton were also beaten, leaving Ipswich Town with a 2-0 defeat, while their last home encounter resulted in a 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic.

Previous Meetings
This fixture was Blackpool's penultimate away game last season, and Stephen Dobbie's scorcher, which won Goal of the Season, earned a crucial point in Pool's search for survival.

Earlier on in the season Inigo Calderon scored the only goal as Albion won 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.

Around The Championship
There's a West Yorkshire derby on Saturday, as Huddersfield Town make the short trip to Leeds United.

Elsewhere league leaders Nottingham Forest are at Millwall and managerless Fulham face Blackburn Rovers.

Watford v Bournemouth (12:15)
Derby County v Cardiff City
Fulham v Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United v Huddersfield Town
Middlesbrough v Brentford
Millwall v Nottingham Forest
Norwich City v Birmingham City
Rotherham United v Charlton Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday v Reading
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town (Sunday)


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