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Brighton v Wigan


Sky Bet Championship

Venue: The American Express Community Stadium
Date: Monday 17th April 2017
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Neil Davies, Mark Pottage
Fourth official: Ashvin Degnarain



Chris Hughton will field his strongest side as Brighton look for a win to clinch promotion to the Premier League,

Gaetan Bong, Liam Rosenior and Beram Kayal are all in contention after sitting out the victory over Wolves.

Nick Powell is likely to remain on the bench for Wigan, despite scoring an 11-minute hat-trick as they came from two goals down to beat Barnsley 3-2.

Forwards Omar Bogle (thigh) and Will Grigg (knee) are both expected to miss the game at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton need four points to secure promotion, but have a vastly superior goal difference compared to third-placed Huddersfield, so one more win should be enough for the Seagulls to get back to the top flight after a 34-year absence.

MATCH FACTS


  • [*=left]Brighton have netted one goal in each of their last five league games against Wigan. They last put two past them in March 2005, in a 4-2 defeat.
    [*=left]Wigan have lost five of their seven away trips to Brighton in the Football League, though have won two of the last three.
    [*=left]Dale Stephens has scored in each of the last two meetings between Brighton and Wigan.
    [*=left]The Seagulls have won the most home Championship points this season (51) - they've been promoted in each of the five previous seasons they've amassed 51 home points or more, most recently in 2010-11.
    [*=left]Wigan have won one of their 11 games against the current top seven in the Championship this season (2-1 at Huddersfield), losing their last five matches.

The Big Match Preview: Spotlight on Wigan Athletic

 


whitelion

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Dec 16, 2003
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Southwick
Nice and early [MENTION=15297]Dick Head[/MENTION].

Can't wait for kick off and gone for 4-0 - scenes of great celebration and then waiting for Huddersfield result.
 

Hazwaz

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Jul 23, 2012
214
Hove
Let's show Wigan(a recent Premier team) that it is our turn to take our rightful place among the football giants,by God we deserve it:albion2::amex::albion2:
 


Brok

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Dec 26, 2011
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Brighton 3-0 Wigan


Commentary on BBC 5 live for those who can't get there.
 

jakarta

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May 25, 2007
13,745
Sullington
A great start [MENTION=15297]Dick Head[/MENTION] - I see you didn't sleep much last night either!

Personally was wandering around wide awake at 4AM, Mrs Jakarta was not amused...
 


Zebedee

Anyone seen Florence?
Jul 8, 2003
7,868
Hangleton
Couldn't sleep at all last night. Waited for this date for what seems like an eternity. Hard to believe that we could be in the Premier League by 5 o'clock. Bring it on.
 

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