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MATCH PREVIEW: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION V WIGAN ATHLETIC

3 November 2014

Latics look to make it six unbeaten against Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls.

  • Brighton 11 without a win in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Latics won on last two visits to Brighton.
  • Hosts not failed to score in six league games.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 4th November 2014
The AMEX Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off 7.45pm

Latics head to the south coast hoping to build on the four points they’ve picked up in the last week.

A 2-1 win at high-flying Derby County was followed up by a dramatic 3-3 home draw with Fulham in an end-to-end encounter.

A win against the Seagulls on Tuesday evening could move Uwe Rosler’s side up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship whilst anything but a win for Sami Hyypia’s side could see them drop into the relegation zone.

Tickets are available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office until 4pm on Monday but you can pay on the day at Brighton at an increased price – for more details click here.

Latics are also offering fans the chance to watch the game from the DW Stadium with the club’s beamback facility open in the Marquee in the North Stand – for further details click here.

LAST TIME OUT


James McArthur and Chris McCann helped Wigan Athletic to a fine 2-1 away victory at fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton & Hove Albion back in February.

Leonardo Ulloa, now of Premier League Leicester City, pulled a goal back for the hosts at the Amex Stadium but Uwe Rosler’s side held firm as their march towards the top six continued.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION IN 2014/15 SO FAR

With 12 players brought in on both permanent and loan transfers, the Seagulls were keen to replicate their top six finish in the Sky Bet Championship this time around.

Sami Hyypia was brought in as manager, replacing Oscar Garcia, with ten players also leaving the Amex Stadium.

And it’s been a difficult start to life on the south coast for the former Liverpool defender after wins over fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United have been followed up by seven draws and five defeats.

Despite scoring in their last six games, Brighton average just a goal per game, a record only the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom three and Sheffield Wednesday have struggled to match.

As expected, former Finland international Hyypia has the Seagulls organised with Stuart Gray’s Owls the only side to concede fewer in the bottom half.

Three points and four places worse off than Latics, the Sussex club will be looking to kick on in the second third of the campaign.

MAN TO WATCH – LEWIS DUNK


Brighton’s leading scorer with five goals in 17 games this season, Seagulls youth graduate Lewis Dunk hadn’t bagged for his hometown club in his first 65 appearances.

A threat from set-pieces at 6’4’, Dunk has missed only two games in all competitions for Brighton this season.

Albion boss Hyypia is expecting interest in the defender in the coming months after a superb start to the season, with Fulham’s Tim Hoogland and Ipswich’s Christophe Berra the only other defenders to match Dunk’s total.

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