Match Preview – Rotherham at home

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Brighton and Hove Albion face Rotherham United for a second consecutive home match in a row. Last time out, Brighton dispatched a solid Forest side 3-0. An encouraging result to take considering the slow start from the Albion in that match. The Seagulls will certainly be looking to capitalise in a match where they are largely seen as the favourites.

David Stockdale is likely to miss out tonight (due to a shin injury sustained against Nottingham Forest). Niki Maenpaa will step in as his able deputy.


Recent Form

Chris Hughton’s side are currently fulfilling early expectations for the 2016/17 season. A solid draw against Derby County and comprehensive four and three nil wins vs Colchester (cup game) and Nottingham have shown the quality and determination still within the squad. Wins against sides who struggled last season (Rotherham being one example) are crucial. After all, the margins are so fine in the Championship, dropping points in ‘must win’ matches can prove pivotal between top two and play offs.

Rotherham have drawn one and lost one of their opening two fixtures. A solid 2-2 draw with Wolves is a good result. Rotherham also lost to Aston Villa 3-0.

Despite this being a game where Brighton should be winning, it is important to remember Rotherham are no pushovers. A 2-0 defeat for Brighton in early 2016 showed that they are more than capable of turning up and showing their quality.


Last time out:

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Brighton suffered their first away defeat of the season against Rotherham. The Seagulls will be more wary of that complacency this time round.


Familiar Faces:

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Greg Halford (‘the centre-back who can play up front’ and Albion youngster, Jake Forster-Caskey (on loan from Brighton).

Greg Halford will be remembered for his gigantic throw ins… but that’s about it. One of the players who helped the club (sort of) avoid relegation in the 2014/15 season.

Jake Forster-Caskey. Once a promising youngster. Still got lots of potential. However, as the years have gone by, he hasn’t developed into the quality player many expected him to be. Successful loan spells at MK Dons last season prove he has what it takes in the Championship. However, JFC’s time with Brighton is running out and he needs to really step up this season if he is to have any chance of beating our current midfielders to a starting spot.


Fact of the day:

Brighton are unbeaten in their last seven home games against the Millers (four wins and three draws).


We are looking forward to…

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Seeing whether Chris Hughton sticks with Tomer Hemed and Glenn Murray up front, or decides to give Sam Baldock a start after his brilliant assist on Friday.


Verdict:

A game that Brighton need to be winning if they want to finish top two. The quality we have seen so far and the home advantage will be enough to overcome Rotherham. Personally, anything less than the three points tonight should be seen as a failure.

Prediction: 2-1 

BHAFC: Murray, Baldock

Rotherham: Yates

 

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