Albion look to continue their November resurgence as they take on an under-performing Bolton Wanderers side at the Amex this weekend.
Now unbeaten in their last 5, the Seagulls secured a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield last time out to lift them to within a point of the play-off spots and fully consign their 7 game winless slump to the history books.
Dougie Freedman, a familiar foe to the Albion, has helped the Trotters find some consistency since his recent arrival at the Reebok Stadium. However, with 3 of his 4 games in charge ending in stale-mates, he’ll be looking to convert some draws into wins.
Gus Poyet says that the quality of Bolton’s squad belying their league position is indicative of the Championship’s strength and competitive nature.
He explained to seagulls.co.uk, “They are strong, they are quick and technically gifted. They have options in every position, they can defend well, they can attack and they can pass the ball to the highest level, which is why they played in the Premiership.
“Without any doubt they are one of the best squads in the division so it should be a great game of football. It’s scary to a point out the quality that they can use in every position.
“It shows us how difficult it has become in this division and how important it is to work hard in the summer to recruit better players so that we can compete in a more equal manner.”
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Tomasz Kuszczak and Adam El-Abd have both been declared fit after recovering from finger and hamstring injuries respectively.
Wayne Bridge, another recent absentee, remains a doubt, however, as he struggles to shake off the calf injury that he picked up at Wolves – with Marcos Painter likely to continue at left-back.
Player to watch: Will Buckley
Enjoying the best form of his Albion career to date, the fleet-footed wideman notched a match winning brace on his last outing at Huddersfield, bringing his season’s total to 5. With pace to burn, and a vast repertoire of player-beating maneuvers, Buckley will look to ensure another pair of full-backs are given a torrid afternoon on Saturday.
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Bolton team news to be confirmed.
Player to watch: Chris Eagles
Having looked very much at home in the top flight, the Manchester United graduate was always bound to make a positive impact once again in the Championship. A technically gifted winger, with crossing and shooting ability to be wary of, Eagles has already bagged 6 goals this term.
Head to Head Record
This will be the first time the two sides have met in almost 20 years, with the last fixture taking place in January 1993.
In fact, they have only contested 8 league fixtures in their history – with Albion defeated just the once, boasting 4 wins, whilst 3 of the games were tied.