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Brighton vs Leeds

Brighton & Hove Albion
vs.
Leeds United

Amex Stadium

2/11/12

7.45pm

On Sky

Albion host fellow mid-table flounderers Leeds United on Friday night as the two sides face off in front of the watching armchair nation in this televised clash.

With no wins in their last 6, Poyet's men will be eager to remind themselves of what victory tastes like - especially going into what appears to be two winnable home games after a tough time on the road.

Leeds come into this tie on the back of an impressive 3-0 drubbing of Southampton in the Capital One Cup, although they have also struggled for form in the league recently, with a host of low-scoring affairs, and just 1 win in 5.

Vital Quotes:

Gus Poyet is keen for his side to relish the added pressure that comes with televised games..

"It's a nice game but for us it's a bit more important than it is for them, because we have not won for a while and we need to change this situation. There is no better way than winning this game on Sky Sports.

"It's always a good game against Leeds because of how big the club is and where they have been. When I was a player I always remember the games between Chelsea and Leeds and they were always special, with an extra bit of motivation both ways.

"We practically have a full squad again, without Vicente, which means that there are plenty of decisions for the manager, and I like that."

Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:

Poyet has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this one, with the elusive Vicente the only definite absentee - question marks remain over the date of his return.

Player to watch: Adam El-Abd

Now a fully-fledged Egypt international, the home-grown centre half has been key to Albion's defensive record thus far. Surprisingly dominant in the air for a man of sub-6ft, El-Abd's battle with Luciano Becchio could be an interesting one given the latter's penchant for headed goals.

Leeds United Team News:

Leeds United team news to be confirmed.

Player to watch: Luciano Becchio

10 goals to his name already (all comps) this season, the Argentinian hitman is sure to pose a significant goal threat. Becchio combines his poaching presence in the box - possessing notable aerial prowess - with a commendable work-rate, harrying and chasing defenders outside the area.

Recent Meetings

The Seagulls nabbed 4 points off the Yorkshire outfit in their two meetings last season, with an entertaining 3-3 draw being played out in-front of the Sky cameras in the Amex fixture - Craig Mackail-Smith starring for the hosts with a brace.

There was late drama in the reverse fixture, with Alan Navarro netting the only goal of his 90-odd game Albion career in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 victory, extending the side's lengthy unbeaten run in 2012.

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason is the man in the middle for this one.


Writer:EditorBHA
Date:Thursday November 1 2012
Time: 6:34PM

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