• Date: Mon 17 April 2017
  • Kick-off: 14:00
  • Venue: The American Express Community Stadium
Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion

G. Murray 37"

S. March 65"

2 - 1
Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic

N. Powell 85"

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wigan Athletic

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Hughton ready to start first-choice line-up as Brighton eye Premier League

Chris Hughton intends to unleash his first-choice starting XI against lowly Wigan as Brighton gun for promotion to the Premier League.

Victory over the Latics would end the Seagulls' 34-year exile from the top flight and only Shane Duffy (foot) and Connor Goldson (heart condition) are definitely ruled out of this potential promotion party.

Gaetan Bong, Liam Rosenior and Beram Kayal played no part in the 2-0 win at Wolves that put Brighton on the brink and all three are fit and ready to tackle Wigan, for whom Bong used to play.

For the fourth time in four games Jamie Murphy appeared as a substitute on Friday, and the former Sheffield United forward will eye a place in what might become an historic line-up at the Amex.

Nick Powell's 11-minute hat-trick as a substitute against Barnsley is unlikely to earn him a place in Wigan's starting XI.

Interim manager Graham Barrow said after the dramatic 3-2 win over the Tykes, in which Powell's treble turned around a two-goal deficit, that the former Manchester United forward is not yet fit to play 90 minutes after a long hamstring lay-off and is more effective as a second-half introduction.

Forwards Omar Bogle (thigh) and Will Grigg (knee) are expected to miss the relegation run-in as the Latics deal with a sizeable injury list.

Defenders Reece James, Andy Kellett and Donervon Daniels and midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe are also absent.
Team Lineups

Brighton and Hove Albion

13 D. Stockdale
4 U. Hünemeier
3 G. Bong
2 Bruno Saltor
5 L. Dunk
6 D. Stephens
7 B. Kayal
11 A. Knockaert
20 S. March 65"
17 G. Murray 37"
10 T. Hemed
J. Murphy > S. March 73"
O. Norwood > B. Kayal 73"
C. Akpom > T. Hemed 82"
N. Mäenpää
J. Skalák
L. Rosenior
F. Tomori

Wigan Athletic

28 J. Haugaard
23 S. Warnock
3 J. Buxton
33 D. Burn
26 J. Hanson
11 G. Obertan
16 S. MacDonald
4 D. Perkins
17 M. Jacobs
6 M. Power
19 R. Tunnicliffe
N. Powell > G. Obertan 61"85"
R. Colclough > R. Tunnicliffe 61"
Sam Morsy > S. MacDonald 73"
C. Connolly
C. Morgan
J. Byrne
M. Gilks

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