Match preview: PNE v Brighton & Hove Albion

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor

The next visitors to Deepdale tomorrow in the Championship are promotion-chasing Brighton & Hove Albion.

In October last year, North End played out a goalless draw when they travelled to the South coast to face Albion, who were then the league leaders.

The Seagulls have lost just three out of their last ten league matches at The Amex.

Meanwhile, PNE suffered their first defeat in six matches, losing 2-1 against Cardiff City in Wales last weekend.

PNE manager Simon Grayson is looking forward to facing Brighton tomorrow but knows it will be a tough match.

He added that the team has always responded well in the big matches and hopes they can replicate the form at Deepdale from the past few months.

After two consecutive 4-0 wins, Brighton manager Chris Hughton admitted that tomorrow’s result will have a huge impact on their quest for automatic promotion.

Hughton is willing his side to continue their winning streak when they make the trip up to Lancashire tomorrow.

There were no new injury concerns following the Cardiff match but striker Eoin Doyle will be available for selection, after he was ineligible against the Bluebirds, who he is on loan from.

As for the visitors, Kazenga LuaLua could be back in contention for the match at Deepdale after suffering from a long-term groin injury.

No risks are being taken with full-back Gaetan Bong, who picked up a thigh injury during the reverse fixture between the two sides over four months ago.

Victory for PNE tomorrow could see them leap above Ipswich Town into 9th, depending on the result of their match against Nottingham Forest.

Brighton have the chance to finish tomorrow in 2nd place if they secure victory at Deepdale and other teams above them drop points.

If you are not at Deepdale tomorrow, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.



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