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Limping to the Finishing Line; Brighton Preview

Tomorrow sees match number 59 and a chance for Blues to mathematically confirm their playoff place against a Brighton side whose recent unfortunate form has led them to blow their chances of the playoffs.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton come into the game on the back of some wretched form, having not won at all or kept a clean sheet in the last six games, and seeing their chances of a top six finish fade into oblivion. Having lost 6-0 away to West Ham last weekend the Seagulls managed to get themselves back to a draw against Watford having been 2-0 down at half time.

Brighton have few injury concerns; Marcos Painter won’t be returning against the team where he started his professional career due to a hamstring injury and Tommy Elphick will continue to be on the sidelines also. However Irishman Gary Dicker, who played half a season on loan for Blues reserves back in 2007 will more than likely line up against the Blues in the Brighton midfield.


It would probably be quicker to list who is fit for Blues to be honest as Steven Caldwell was added to the injury list for the remainder of the season having limped off with a groin injury at Ipswich. His injury mean Blues have just four fit defenders; and with Jordon Mutch possibly back for this one Blues might have two fit central midfielders.

Should Mutch not make it and Hughton continue with sticking to senior pros only the team will pick itself as there will only be sixteen fit players; Doyle, Ramage, Ibanez, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Gomis, Elliott, Townsend, Zigic and King would be the likely starting eleven which would leave a bench of Butland, Redmond, Rooney, Huseklepp and Folan. Attacking yes – but absolutely no cover for the back line.

As such whilst the bookies are tipping Blues for the win I cannot see it; the pressure is off Blues as they know a point will as good as seal it due to their superior goal difference over 7th placed Middlesbrough; they lead Boro by five points and twenty-four goals prior to Saturday’s fixture so once again, I’m going with the draw.

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