Albion look to make amends after last weekend’s derby defeat as they make another short trip to South London this afternoon to take on Charlton.
The Seagulls’ unbeaten run was ended in rather disastrous fashion at arch-rivals Palace last time out, and they’ll be looking to bounce back as they return to what has been a happy hunting ground for them in recent years.
After a slow start, Chris Powell’s Addicks have began to find their feet in the Championship, as they now find themselves on a 6 match unbeaten run – 4 of those wins, including an dramatic 5-4 victory over league leaders Cardiff.
Gus Poyet is hoping his side will benefit from the vast pitch at the Valley this afternoon, but remains wary of the Addicks’ quality.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “They are getting results at home and they are learning the way that they should play to get results. They are very specific in what they do, with the commitment and their belief.
“The pitch will also make a difference because it’s one of the biggest in the division. There is space and a possibility of playing, which on paper should be good for us, but you never know. They will fight until the last second so it’s another very difficult game for us.”
Charlton Athletic Team News:
Defender Michael Morrison returns from a one-game suspension, although full-backs Rhoys Wiggins and Lawrie Wilson miss out.
Otherwise, Chris Powell has no fresh concerns ahead of this one.
Player to watch: Ricardo Fuller
Despite the clear rotation of the Addicks’ strikers to date, Fuller will no doubt pose a threat to the Albion back-line, should he play. The ex-Stoke marksman offers height and strength but isn’t entirely immobile either – for a 33 year old.
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Albion will be without Lewis Dunk as he serves a one-match suspension, whilst Andrea Orlandi has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken rib sustained at Palace.
Poyet is hoping to have Adam El-Abd and Wayne Bridge back amongst his options as the defensive pair are set to undergo a late fitness test.
Player to watch: Will Buckley
The often devastating wide-man remains a key outlet for the Seagulls, with his pace and ability to carry to ball vital to the side’s counter-attacking potential. He will need to hope he sees more of the ball in the opposing half this time round, however, after limited opportunities at Palace.
Poyet has enjoyed great success at the Valley on their last two meetings – both in the division below. In 2009/10, a spirited 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Elliott Bennett and Inigo Calderon helped to spark Albion’s push towards survival at the beginning of the Poyet era.
In 2010/11, the Seagulls produced one of their finest performances in recent times as they strolled to an emphatic 4-0 victory – it was a passing masterclass that epitomised the Albion’s quality that year as they eventually wrapped up the League One title.