Latics looking to end hectic week in the Sky Bet Championship with win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
- Latics host Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Following draws with Burton Albion and Leeds United, Latics will be hoping to go one better on Saturday.
- In-form Seagulls arrive at the DW Stadium on a seven-match unbeaten run.
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Two sides on their best unbeaten runs of the season so far meet at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon as third place Brighton & Hove Albion arrive on the back of a seven-match run without defeat whilst Latics sit on a four-game sequence without losing after their late equaliser at Leeds United on Tuesday evening.
Shaun MacDonald’s first Latics goal earned Gary Caldwell’s side a point at Elland Road, their third consecutive draw after previous stalemates with Brentford and Burton Albion.
Brighton have reacted to well to the disappointment of narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League on goal difference alone last season, losing just two of their 13 league matches this campaign and winning five of their last seven to keep the pressure on the top two; Newcastle United and Norwich City.
Latics have come through their two fixtures this week unscathed and defender Craig Morgan has ade substitute appearances in both after returning to full fitness.
Donervon Daniels, Andy Kellett and Reece James are all edging closer to returns whilst Reece Burke and Kyle Knoyle got match minutes under their belts for West Ham United’s development squad on Monday.
For Brighton, manager Chris Hughton expects Tomer Hemed and Bruno to be fit for Saturday’s game after the Spaniard was substituted late on against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday as a precaution, whilst the Israeli should make a full recovery from a thigh strain in time for this weekend’s clash.
SEASON SO FAR
Chris Hughton’s first full season in charge last time out ended in play-off semi-final defeat to Sheffield Wednesday after the Seagulls missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League on goal difference alone after a final day draw with rivals for the final promotion spot, Middlesbrough.
Hughton kept the bulk of his squad from last season together for this campaign, adding experience in popular striker Glenn Murray, who joined on loan from Bournemouth, and midfielder Steve Sidwell who signed from Stoke City. Promising young Championship players Oliver Norwood (Reading) and Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) further enhanced Brighton’s strength in depth and they’ve started this campaign as they finished the last.
Currently 3rd in the Championship table, the Seagulls are unbeaten in seven matches and have kept nine clean sheets in all competitions this season, with their home form particularly strong.
This is only our fifteenth clash with the Seagulls, yet we've met on five different grounds in three separate divisions. Every Brighton victory has been by the odd goal, and we’ve only drawn once.