Nottingham Forest welcome Chris Hughton’s highflying seagulls for tonight’s Championship action.
Forest full back, Eric Lichaj gave his pre-match views to the club’s official site:
‘I don’t really care about what they have in mind. I’m more bothered about us getting three points.
If that stops them from getting automatic promotion then so what?
I think the fans just want a result. Against a tough Brighton side it’s something they would really appreciate and hopefully they can get behind us.’
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Eric Lichaj is expected to return to the starting line up after completing his one match ban.
Kelvin Wilson and Michael Mancienne are both doubtful, with young academy defender Joe Worrall having been recalled from his loan spell.
Britt Assommbalonga is unlikely to be risked, but could get a place in the squad due to Forest’s crippling injury list.
Jack Hobbs, Daniel Pinillos, Nelson Oliveira, Matty Fryatt and Andy Reid will definitely miss out.
Player to watch: Henri Lansbury
Forest need their skipper to add some much needed goal threat to Forest’s toothless attacking line up – although, he has only scored 2 so far this season.
The 25 year old midfielder, returned to the starting line up in the mid week defeat at Reading and took back the arm band from Matt Mills
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Bobby Zamora and Sam Baldock will both miss out due to injury – otherwise, Chris Hughton’s side are expected to be largely unchanged.
Player to watch: Tomer Hemed
The 28 year old Israeli international striker is top scorer for Brighton, with 13 goals so far this season. He has also made most appearances, 41 and is credited with 4 assists.
Match Facts & Stats
Forest have yet to win in 4 games under Paul Williams’ caretaker management. With just 1 win and 1 draw in their last 10 games, Forest have dropped to 20th in the table – just 9 points above the drop zone.
In stark contrast, the 3rd placed Seagulls have just 1 defeat in their last 10 games, 0 in the last 8, with 4 draws and 5 wins.
Andy Davies is tonight’s referee, his 33rd game in charge this season. The previous 32 have yielded 119 yellows and 5 red cards.
Mr Davies (was in charge for Forest’s 1-1 draw at Hull in Paul Williams’ first game).
He will be ably assited by Nick Hopton and James Wilson, with Trevor Kettle as fourth official.
Whilst it pains me to say this, I cannot see where Forest will get another win and fully expect a confident Brighton side to guarantee a play off spot tonight, with a comfortable away win and increase the pressure on ‘Boro in second.
Forest make the short trip up the M1 on Saturday, 16th April (3pm kick off) to take on Neil Warnock’s in form Rotherham.