Match Preview – Brighton and Hove Albion v Birmingham City   Leave a comment


Brighton and Hove Albion v Birmingham City

Birmingham City go into the game against Brighton needing just a point to secure a Play-off place, but will be wanting all 3pts to secure 4th place in the Championship which will give Blues a home 2nd leg tie whoever the opposition turns out to be. Chris Hughton will have his team in top shape for the game combine that with Birmingham’s decent away form in recent weeks having won 2,drawn 2 of their last 4 on their travels away from St Andrews and unbeaten in last 8 games confidence couldn’t be any higher in the Blues camp, so the chance of  getting those 3pts at the Amex Stadium is not an impossibility. Brighton who themselves were looking at the possibility of a play-off place in their first season back in the Championship after spending the last few years in the lower reaches and even flaunting with going out of business in that time but have bounced back under the leadership of manager Gus Poyet and a new ground this season the future is looking rosy again for The Seagulls. Poyet’s team have not been in the best of form recently having not won in their last 6 games losing 3 of last 4 along the way which has seen them drop out of play-off contention for this season with the players looking a bit weary but with this being their last home game of the season you can be sure they will want to finish their first season at the Amex with a win that will give the fans hope for next season in the process leaving Bluesnose’s sweating on other results or even their last game v Reading before being safe in the knowledge that they have 2 more games at least to look forward to.

Amex Stadium

Brighton manager Poyet will have virtually a full squad to choose  from with  Ex-Birmingham player Marcus Painter and Tommy Elphick (both Injured) and likely player of the year Gordon Greer (rested) missing for their last home game of the season so will have to reshuffle the pack slightly which might tempt him to bring in Rodriguez Vicente who missed the midweek 2-2 draw v Watford at home through illness.

The Seagulls assistant Mauricio Tarrico commented

”a few players need to perform”.

”Every time a professional player goes out and plays, they are playing for thier future.”

”But the players have been unbelievable this season”

”we have played some big teams and had some success’.

 Birmingham City on the other hand have a injury crisis on their hands with Captain Steven Caldwell ruled out for the reminder of the season joining Boaz Myhill (thumb), Guirane N’Daw (hamstring), Keith Fahey (groin), Stephen Carr (knee) and Jonathan Spector (thigh) on the physio’s table. Chris Hughton will have a major headache in defence with only 4 fit recognised defenders so any knocks to those could be a big problem for the team and mean a lot of re-adjusting in a game Hughton is not taking for granted.

Chris Hughton said

“”It’s their last home game and a full house. I’ve been there a few times this season and they create a really good atmosphere. They will want to perform in front of their home crowd and the manager will have decisions to make for next season’.

“I’ve no doubt they will want to finish as strong as they can in these last two games.

“We need our fans to be as good as they have been in our last

two away games.”

Stats Head to Head @ Brighton

Brighton won 5 … Birmingham won 3 … Drawn 3

Possible Teams

Brighton and Hove Albion : Gonzalez; Calderon, El-Abd, Dunk, Vincelot,  Buckley, Bridcutt, Dicker, LuaLua ; Barnes, Mackail-Smith

Birmingham City : Doyle, Murphy, Ibanez, Davies, Ramage, Burke, Gomis, Townsend, Elliott, Rooney, Zigic

Referee : Nigel Miller

Prediction :  Brighton 1 Birmingham City 3

By Blues Brother (Member of  birminghamcityforum.co.uk )

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Posted April 21, 2012 by Blues Brother in Birmingham City News

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