Albion will hope to put in another dominant performance, but one that doesn’t belie the eventual outcome, as they face lowly Bristol City at the Amex.
Poyet’s men were again left to rue a host of missed chances as they snatched a draw from the jaws of victory as Bolton nabbed a stoppage time equaliser. The Seagulls did, however, extend their unbeaten run to 6 games and remain on the fringe of the play-off spots.
Derek McInness’ City side head into this tie buoyed by their first win in 12 – a surprise victory away at free-scoring Middlesbrough. Only goal difference separates them from the relegation zone, however, as they look destined for another season of struggle.
Dean Hammond reflects on his experiences against Bristol City for Saints last season, and says he is anticipating another difficult test.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “They had a bit of a hoodoo over Southampton last season and if you look at their team they have some good players.
“They have a manager who came in half way through last season and did really well for them and they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 away from home Saturday, so we are going to have to be on our toes and be at our best.
“I expect they will have a game plan like most teams that come to the Amex because we are strong at home, so we will see what they throw at us.”
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Wayne Bridge will once again undergo a late fitness test, having missed the Seagulls’ last two outings with a calf injury – Marcos Painter will otherwise continue to deputise in his place.
Adam El-Abd (hamstring) is set to return to the squad, although Lewis Dunk looks set to retain his place at centre-half.
Vicente remains the only certain absentee.
Player to watch: Andrea Orlandi
The silky Spaniard has nailed down a spot in the first team following some outstanding creative displays during the last month. With great vision and bags of quality on the ball, the attack-minded leftie can carve openings through the middle or from either wing.
Bristol City Team News:
Defender Matthew Bates, a recent signing from following his release from Middlesbrough, is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury.
Light at the back, City are also missing defensive trio Lewin Nyatanga, Stephen McManus and Greg Cunningham.
Player to watch: Albert Adomah
A fully-fledged Ghanaian international, Adomah has been one of the Championship’s most feared widemen for a couple of seasons now. Possessing pure pace and power, the Albion full-backs will most certainly be kept on their toes when he is on the ball in dangerous areas.
Albion did the double over City last season, with a solitary Ashley Barnes goal clinching a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate early in the season, before goals from Inigo Calderon (yep, I thought you’d remember it) and Will Buckley secured a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.