Match Preview – BHAFC vs Birmingham – 28 November 2015

Brighton and Hove Albion face off against a solid Birmingham team on a cold and windy Saturday in November. Both sides will be looking for  the 3 points today in what must be seen as a ‘promotion 6 pointer’. A win for the Albion will propel them into first place with a 2 point gap on Derby. Birmingham must get a win if they want to stop Sheffield Wednesday or Reading leap-frogging them and potentially pushing them down to 8th in the table.


 

Last 5 games

Brighton and Hove Albion have acquired a disappointing 7 points in their last 5 games. Picking up four draws and one win (vs MK Dons). Despite this very average form, Brighton fans should feel confident. We have managed six wins and only two draws at home… making the Amex the fortress of the Championship.

Birmingham on the other hand have picked up a shocking 4 points in their last 5 games… losing three, drawing one, and winning one. The Blues however, have the joint best away record in the Championship. They have managed a solid five wins, two draws, and one solitary loss away from home this season.


 Likely goal scorers

The first person people will look at to score is King Bobby. He managed a goal in 58 seconds vs Burnley, and has managed to rescue the Albion 3 points on two occasions with late winners (Leeds away – Bristol home). Another person who many Albion fans would love to get off the mark is recent loan signing, James Wilson. Albion strikers have a habit of scoring on their debut’s in recent years! These two could be the likely outlets for today.

Birmingham have recently captured Huddersfield striker James Vaughan on loan. He is always a threat, depending if Gary Rowett decides to play him today. Another player who can cause problems is Spanish youngster, Jon Toral. He has managed 3 goals from midfield this season. The Blues have recently captured Huddersfield striker James Vaughan on loan. He is always a threat, depending if Gary Rowett decides to play him today.


Verdict

Both teams have been in relatively poor RECENT form. This fixture has been exciting in recent years (a 4-3 victory last season being the main one). I would love not just a solid performance but a performance where we can get ourselves a two goal lead for the first time this season (and maintain it!). However I wouldn’t be surprised if Birmingham pulled it out the bag and nabbed a victory on our turf. But in the end as long as we win I will be happy.

Score Prediction: 2-1 Brighton

BHAFC: Zamora and Murphy

Birmingham: Vaughan 

Make sure to share your thoughts and comment your score predictions below!

-George (@George_Carden )

 

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