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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Brighton

Chris takes a look at the upcoming league game against Brighton

Scott Heavey

Brighton arrive at the Reebok as one of the form sides in the league, in fact only Leicester City, Wigan Athletic and Burnley are in the middle of a better run at the moment which continued on Tuesday as Brighton turned Queens Park Rangers over comfortably in a two – nil win.

Until the QPR game it seems that whilst Brighton haven’t put in dazzling displays on the pitch they’ve been taking their chances and working hard to grind out results. It seems that the run of form is parallel with the goal scoring form of Leonardo Ulloa who’s had a hand in each of Brighton’s last three wins so it appears if you stop the striker, you stop the team.

Brighton go into the game without Keith Andrews as his loan deal from ourselves means he won’t step into the line-up come Saturday, however his loss won’t hit the Seagulls too much as manger Oscar Garcia will have the rest of his squad to pick from with no new injury concerns.

Bolton Wanderers continued their decent form with a hard earned if not stylish point away at the IPRO stadium with a 0-0 draw away to Derby County where the Whites’ manager changed his team for the first time in three games due to in-form striker Joe Mason picking up a bug pre-match as well as David Wheater seemingly not being able to complete two games in three days.

Wanderers have picked up 11 points from a possible 18 including the draw against the Rams and seemingly found a winning formation with four four two and subject to everyone being fit should revert back to this for the most recent home game. If we do go back to the Lukas Jutkiewicz – Mason partnership and hit another three/four/five goals then the point against Derby will look that extra bit special.

We don’t appear to have any fresh injury concerns ahead of the Reebok tie, Freedman confirmed that Mason missing the Tuesday game was only due to an illness and he should shake that off. Both Jermaine Beckford and Matt Mills are both now training with the first team but may only make the bench.