Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnsley

23 Sep

Bruno


Brighton skipper Bruno has been an ever-present in the Championship this season

BBC coverage

How to follow:
Final Score; BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Brighton skipper Bruno is fit to return at right-back but winger Solly March is still not ready for first-team action after a long-term injury.

Defender Liam Rosenior and winger Kazenga LuaLua are out with ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Barnsley defender James Bree is back in contention after missing four games with a hamstring injury, while Cole Kpekawa is pushing for his first start.

Aidan White has been ruled out with a torn gluteal muscle.

Analysis

BBC Sussex’s Johnny Cantor: “Albion have had to be patient in their last two Championship matches against Huddersfield and Burton but both have yielded 1-0 wins.

“The clean sheets have been most welcome and new defender Shane Duffy has started to settle in alongside Lewis Dunk, but Chris Hughton will be keen for all his players to find a cutting edge.

“Aside from the strikers, Anthony Knockaert is the only player to score in the Championship after eight matches. The Seagulls can’t afford to rely on his brilliance.

“The aerial power of Dunk and Duffy could prove useful starting against a side Barnsley who are strong at set-pieces.”

Match facts

  • Brighton have won five of their last six league home games against Barnsley (L1); however, that loss was in their most recent meeting
  • Barnsley have never won back-to-back league away games at Brighton.
  • Brighton have lost just one of their last 14 home league games (W10 D3).
  • Barnsley are the league’s top scorers with 19 goals. The last time they had scored 19 after eight games was in 1999-2000, a campaign in which they reached the second tier play-off final, losing 4-2 to Ipswich.
  • The Tykes have hit the woodwork more often than any other Championship side this campaign (7).
  • Six of Brighton’s seven home league goals this season have been scored by Anthony Knockaert (3) and Glenn Murray (3).

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