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Leicester vs Brighton

Leicester City
vs.
Brighton & Hove Albion

King Power Stadium

23/10/12

7.45pm

Albion travel to the King Power Stadium tomorrow night as they aim to rediscover their scoring touch against top of the table Leicester.

The goal-shy Seagulls have found themselves in something of a rut in recent weeks, with home games a particular struggle - where they've scored just once in three outings, complimented by a 0-0 away to Derby, bringing a return of just 2 points from their last 4 games.

No such problem for Nigel Pearson's Foxes, who have been free-scoring on their home turf this season, boasting a 100% record, and bagging an average of 2 goals per game. Taking on the team with the meanest defence in the division, however, something's got to give.

Vital Quotes:

Gus Poyet has heaped on the praise for tomorrow's opponents, as he acknowledges the size of the task at hand.

He told seagulls.co.uk, "I really like the way that Leicester are playing and they are one of the best teams to watch in the division. They are a proper team.

"They are clear about the way they play; they have speed, powerful players, they score goals, they have a very good goalkeeper and lots of experience at the back.

"This will be one of the most difficult places to go in the Championship, if not the most difficult place to go and get a result."

Leicester City Team News:

Nigel Pearson will hope to have Jamie Vardy available as the striker is set to undergo a late fitness test after suffering a bout of illness.

American defender Zak Whitbread (cramp) is ready to return, however fellow centre-half Sean St. Ledger is set to miss out with a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Anthony Knockaert

A new arrival from French second tier side Guingamp, the tricky attack-minded midfielder has proven a handful for many a Championship defence already this season. Able to produce something special from distance - along with fellow winger Ben Marshall, Albion will need make sure the Frenchman isn't given too much space around the box.

Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:

Andrea Orlandi remains sidelined with a calf injury, whilst Will Hoskins is unlikely to feature after making his return for the Development Squad on Monday night.

Vicente is still unavailable, otherwise Poyet has no fresh injury concerns.

Player to watch: Wayne Bridge

The ex-England international is enjoying his football for the first time in a while, and the feeling amongst the Albion support is mutual. Known for his driving runs on the left-flank, Bridge will prove vital in keeping the City wide-men at bay, along with helping to create chances up the other end.

Recent Meetings

Both sides emerged as narrow 1-0 victors in their respective home fixtures last season, with both games tightly contested.

The King Power Stadium clash was settled by a well-taken Yuki Abe header, while Albion returned the favour in the reverse fixture as Will Buckley scored a trademark late goal to secure the points.


Writer:EditorBHA
Date:Monday October 22 2012
Time: 11:34PM

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