Match Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion are a rare breed in League One. They are one of only two sides in the division who could still do a league double over Leicester. Micky Adams’ side were the last team in League One to beat the Foxes, but since that October night the pressure on the Seagulls boss has only increased. Defeat at the Walkers could leave Brighton in the bottom four.

Key Stats
For some there’s no place like home, for Brighton there’s no better time to get away. The Seagulls have lost their last four in front of their own fans. Brighton’s last win came at Swindon, but it has been their only win in the last 10 games. The club is on a miserable run of just five points from the last 30 available. Brighton haven’t taken more than six points in a calendar month since August.

By contrast, Leicester have taken 35 of the 39 points on offer since they last met Albion. This is City’s best unbeaten streak since they went 15 games unbeaten under Mickey Adams in 2002/03. Leicester have already taken as many points in their current run of form as they did in that 15 match sequence six years ago.

Brighton do possess threats. Despite their lowly goals for tally, Nicky Forster appears to be in a rich vein of form with four goals in his last four games. As Leicester learned to their cost in October, Brighton also have the capacity to strike late on. Their seven league goals scored between the 85th-90th minute mark has been their most productive period of the match all season.

With MK Dons facing hapless Leyton Orient at home, one would assume City will need all three points to maintain their nine point advantage, currently the biggest lead in the Football League.

On This Day
Both sides were reduced to 10 men on this day in 2001 as an Arnar Gunnlaugsson screamer put Leicester City into the 5th Round of the FA Cup at the expense of Aston Villa. Darius Vassell was dismissed in the 34th minute before Adi Akinbyi put the Foxes in front. Calum Davidson then received his marching orders, and Villa looked like they might have done enough for a replay when Julian Joachim equalised with 15 minutes remaining. Gunnlaugsson stole the headlines, but it was the Cork youngster Damien Delaney who received the plaudits for a commanding performance in midfield.

Selected Odds
Backing Leicester at weekends this season has yielded a +38% return. Betting on City in midweek has brought in just a +5% return.

Leicester – 2/5 (bet365)
Draw – 7/2 (bet365)
Brighton – 8/1 (Sky Bet)

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