Brighton have had mixed results recently. Two disappointing defeats to Newcastle and Brentford left a sour taste of pessimism among supporters. Two 1-0 victories against undefeated Huddersfield and Championship new boys, Burton, has lifted spirits in the Seagulls camp. Brighton have acquired 7 points in their last 5 games.
Barnsley have surprised many fans and pundits alike with their solid start to the season. The freescoring Yorkshire side have already won two games by a margin of 4-0 (Rotherham and Wolverhampton). They are also the top scorers in the Championship so far with an impressive 19 goals in 8 games (2.4 goals per game!). The Tykes have currently acquired 9 points in their last 5 games. They will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of Reading.
Last Time Out
Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw by a 10 man Barnsley side in April 2014.
Chris O’Grady (currently on loan at Burton), signed for Brighton from Barnsley in the summer of 2014. He was expected to fill Leonardo Ulloa’s shoes. However the target man only managed 1 goal in 31 games for Brighton in what was a dreadful campaign for player and club alike.
Fact of the Day:
Barnsley have never won back-to-back league away games at Brighton.
We are looking forward to…
Seeing if Brighton can end their recent shortage of goals, whilst also nullifying the treat of free-scoring Barnsley.
Another tough fixture for Brighton. Now is not the time to stop scoring. We need to start playing that fast attacking football we saw at the end of last season and against Nottingham and Rotherham. Dealing with a proficient attacking outfit means we have to be careful at the back as well. At the moment, I can only see the sides drawing.
BHAFC – Knockaert
Barnsley – Hourihane
Article by George Carden (@George_Carden)