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Albion v Cheltenham (Preview)

Albion v Cheltenham (Preview)

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia might have sooner not have a real potential banana skin of a game as only his second in charge of Albion, particularly as Cheltenham come to the Amex and we lost our opening Championship game on Saturday.

Albion will be without the suspended Andrew Crofts after his sending off against Sheffield Wednesday but Solly March is back after injury so should come straight into the side.

Dale Stephens is still out with his ankle injury but we've not got any new ones to worry about.

Asa Hall was injured in Cheltenham's opening game of the season so he's out with teenager Joe Hanks, who came on for Hall and scored the winner for them in the league on Saturday, set for a start in his place.

With us winning just once in our last five League Cup first round games played the omens don't look good but we have tasted defeat only twice in our last 16 meetings with Cheltenham, winning 8 and drawing 6.

An Albion goal, at least one, will be needed though it seems as Cheltenham score in this competition, they've managed this in the last 11 ties played.

Cheltenham will be really up for this, our League 2 opponents will smell a possible upset here and the pressure, even after just two games, might be ramped up by some on Sami should we get knocked out.

What it might do is put a little more pressure on those controlling the purse string that without a need to go overboard we do need to spend some money to replace the quality we have lost this summer.

I'd sooner an Albion win mind and think we'll just get through, I hope!

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Writer:VitalSeagull
Date:Monday August 11 2014
Time: 6:58PM

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