Brighton vs Derby by Luke
After two consecutive defeats, away from home against Nottingham Forest and in front of own fans against Newcastle United, players of Brighton managed to bounce back with an improved performance and a three pointer against Rotherham few days ago away from home with a 2:0 result. Visiting side was better from the first moment and created more, but the goals came only once they increased the tempo in the second halftime.
Knockaert brought them into the lead in 49th minute, with the home team trying to respond, but the quality difference was obvious between the two sides, with the players of Brighton sealing the victory towards the end of the game, via March in 79th minute. Brighton now continues to be in the second position, having three points less than first placed Newcastle and probably more important, with six points more than third placed Huddersfield.
Brighton will be playing in their typical 4-4-2 formation using Hemed and Baldock as forwards. Central defender and sometimes right back, Connor Goldson (5/0) remains injured and not ready for this one, same as other central back Shane Duffy (31/2). Left backs Gaetan Bong (21/0) and Sebastien Pocognoli (15/0) are also out injured. Forward Chuba Akpom (6/0) is doubtful for this one, but anyway not an important part of the team for now.
Derby County, on the other side, comes from a 1:1 draw in front of own fans against Preston few days ago. However, it must be said that they had much better and more concrete chances created and actually did deserve more than a point. Players of Derby took the lead in 50th minute via Vydra, while the guests managed to snatch a point with an equalizer in fourth minute of additional time via Barkhuizen.
Players of Preston were really lucky to get a point, since they scored out of one of their rare chances during the game. After this point taken, Derby remains in the first part of the table, being currently at tenth position with ten points less than play-off placed Sheffield Wednesday and even though they still have mathematical chances to reach the play-off, it's hard to see it coming, especially with their three straight defeats on the road.
Visitors are set to play in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with Bent as central striker, plus Russell, Ince and Vydra as offensive backup behind him. Central defenders Jason Shackell (8/0) and Richard Keogh (33/0) are injured for this one, same as left full back Craig Forsyth (3/1) and offensive midfielder Nick Blackman (8/1).
- Derby have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 away matches (Championship).
Brighton recovered from back to back defeats after defeating Rotherham last weekend and will be looking to continue with a good streak here as well. Derby is looking really poor away from home in recent matches and I don't see them staying very competitive on the field against way more serious opponent.