Albion will look to leapfrog Millwall into 6th place as they entertain the in-form Lions at the Amex tonight, in the Championship’s only fixture.
A 0-0 stalemate with Nottingham Forest saw the Seagulls pick up their 6th draw in 10 games – meaning they remain in 8th place going into this one. Poyet will be hoping his side can take advantage of their dominant spells where profligacy has let them down in recent weeks.
Kenny Jackett’s Lions were enjoying a spectacular run of 13 games unbeaten until a surprise defeat at Ipswich brought them back down to earth. That run of form did see them propel up into 6th place, however, where they still sit – 3 points above the Albion. A point would no doubt suit Millwall just fine given the circumstances.
Gus Poyet hopes his players have the quality on the ball to match their effort and commitment off it.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It will be very difficult and it depends on what we do with the ball. It doesn’t matter how much we run or battle if we are not good on the ball.
“I really liked Millwall when they were here last season and they are in a very good position in the league. We need to try and get closer to the top.
“Millwall have been doing well because of the way they have been playing, their group of players and their consistency. They believe in the way they play and they are doing that for 90 minutes so they deserve credit.
“They are on a great run and from my point of view, the game they lost was the game they played the best. But that’s football.
“They are in good form so it will be another interesting game to play. We need to know how to win football games.”
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Bruno Saltor is still sidelined by an Achilles injury, however fellow Spaniard Inigo Calderon should be fit to deputise once again.
Midfield trio Gary Dicker (knee), Andrea Orlandi (ribs) and Vicente (thigh tendon) all miss out.
Player to watch: Liam Bridcutt
The little midfield metronome has been a key cog in Albion’s system for a couple of years now. Picking the ball off the back four and building attacks with short, simple passes – as well as becoming a fifth defender with his breaking-up of play and filling in for the marauding full-backs. Bridcutt’s importance to the side is not to be underestimated.
Millwall Team News:
Jackett will be without Jimmy Abdou as the ever-present midfielder serves a one-game suspension for picking up five yellows.
Ex-Albion striker Darius Henderson is a major doubt still with a hamstring injury, whilst captain Paul Robinson and John Marquis remain sidelined.
Player to watch: Chris Wood
The former Albion loanee has been in decent scoring form for the Lions since arriving at the Den – with 8 goals in 17 games, prompting a host of speculation regarding his preferred destination come the January window. Wood poses a threat due to his physical presence, clever movement and lethal finishing.
Albion have won 1 and drawn 2 of their 3 meetings since returning to the Championship, with just the one goal separating them.
Goals from Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd secured a 2-1 victory at the Den earlier this season, as Albion briefly topped the Championship table.