Brighton face cash-strapped strugglers Bolton in what (on paper) looks like a very one-sided battle. However this could be the biggest ‘banana skin’ fixture we have come across.
Last 5 games
Many people thought we had bottled our promotion chances with seven games without a win. However after three consecutive losses, the Seagulls have managed to pick up an impressive 3 consecutive wins! That means 9 points in our last 5 games which could become 12 points in 5 games depending if we beat Bolton. It finally looks like we have stopped the downfall.
Bolton have got two wins, one draw, and one loss in their last 5 games. They have also climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time since November. Their two wins have been crucial victories versus fellow relegation candidates MK Dons and Rotherham.
Last time out:
Bolton rescued a point through a Gary Madine last-minute equalizer. Two points dropped for us.
To say Anthony Knockaert has hit the ground running is an understatement. The French winger has added that little bit of flair that we needed which also seems to terrorise opposition defences. One goal and three assists in his last five games proves what an asset he is. Could be the difference for us come Saturday. Bobby Zamora is always reliable when in front of goal, give him a chance and he will generally stick it in the back of the net.
Bolton’s main threat has to be Gary Madine. The target man punished us last time out and certainly knows how to head a ball. Also within Bolton’s ranks is Brazilian winger, Wellington Silva. The Arsenal loanee has scored two goals this season.
We are looking forward to…
Seeing Brighton hopefully secure a fourth consecutive win which would push us up to third (ahead of two away tough matches versus Hull and Cardiff).
Fact of the day:
Bobby Zamora’s seven goals this season have won Brighton 13 points; a league-high.
Brighton have been in great form recently. three wins on the trot and a 3-0 victory versus Brentford last time out means they have to be favourites. However Bolton have been giving teams a hard time recently, picking up an impressive draw against Derby. Personally I can see us edging this one. However Bolton are no pushovers and I don’t think we can just expect to just brush them aside. It will be a tight encounter in my opinion.
Brighton: Knockaert, Zamora