Brighton v Leicester City - Match Preview: Vital playoff battle looms

04 April 2013 05:05

Brighton host Leicester City on Saturday in a vital game in the playoff battle in the Championship.

Brighton and Leicester lie 6th and 7th in the table currently, separated by just two points, so a win for Leicester would see them overtake Brighton and climb into the playoffs.

Gus Poyet’s Brighton side have lost just two of their last ten league matches. They are unbeaten in seven league games at home, a run that stretches back to December 29.

Leicester haven’t won any of their last seven league matches. They have only registered one win in their last ten league games, a dismal run that has seen them slip out of the playoff spots recently.

Nigel Pearson’s club have only won five games away from home in the league this season while Brighton, buoyed by a recent win over Crystal Palace, have lost just three times at home in the league all season.

In the reverse fixture between these two sides, Leicester came out victorious. Andy King’s 10th minute goal was enough for a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium, which saw Leicester continue to lead the Championship.

However, in the last meeting between these two sides at the Amex Stadium in February 2012, Will Buckley’s late goal gave Brighton a 1-0 victory. The game was marred by three controversial red cards, including two to Leicester players.

The referee this time around for the feisty fixture will be Jonathan Moss from West Yorkshire. Moss usually referees in the Premier League and, last season, he gave 112 yellow cards in the 32 games (all competitions) he took charge of.

A win for either of these two sides will be crucial in their promotion bids but a draw won’t do either club much favours as they hunt for a top six finish.

Source: DSG