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Sunday, 6 November 2011

MATCH PREVIEW : Brighton v Barnsley Npower Championship -6 November-2011,16:00 CET

Team news for Sunday's Championship clash between Brighton and Barnsley at the Amex Stadium.Brighton have a host of injury doubts ahead of Sunday's visit of Barnsley.Midfielders Gonzalo Jara Reyes (knee) and Vicente (thigh) and forwards Will Buckley (hamstring) and Will Hoskins (thigh) all missed Tuesday night's defeat at Watford while midfielder Liam Bridcutt was forced off in the first half through illness. Watch Brighton v Barnsley Live Stream Online PC TV Video Free, Brighton v Barnsley Live Online Instant Streaming Internet TV Free, Brighton v Barnsley Live Soccer TV Channels Online, Brighton v Barnsley live streaming broadcast Online Today, Brighton v Barnsley Live Stream Online Video Coverage Now, Npower Championship live stream online HD TV Online, Brighton v Barnsley Live Stream Online HDTV Coverage Here.TEAM NEWS :Match Preview Chile international Reyes could return against the Tykes but the rest are unlikely to be involved.

Midfielder Gary Dicker is still recovering from a broken leg, Adam El-Abd has a long-term foot injury and fellow centre-half Tommy Elphick is out for the season with an Achilles problem.

Assistant manager Mauricio Taricco, who announced he had quit playing last month, has been coaxed out of retirement again and should be on the bench.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill is not expected to make any changes to his side for the game against the Seagulls.

The Tykes bounced back from successive defeats to beat Hull in midweek and Hill has no new injury or suspension worries as they chase back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Strikers Danny Haynes (hamstring) and Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) remain sidelined as do defender Bobby Hassell (groin) and midfielder and Goran Lovre (knee).

However, winger Matty Done made a cameo role on Tuesday night after a hamstring injury and provides Hill with an extra midfield option.

Striker Craig Davies followed up his first goal for the club last weekend against Bristol City with another in the win over Hull and is expected to start again alongside Andy Gray.

Midfielder Nathan Doyle and forward Ricardo Vaz Te are both pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.The start Brighton made to this season was absolutely superb and at one point it appeared as though Gus Poyet’s men were going to make a serious push for a second successive promotion. However, as the weeks have progressed, the club have slipped down the table and now find themselves five points adrift of the top six. Their recent form can only be described as dismal and with the club failing to win in ten games as they approach this fixture, confidence amongst Poyet’s men must be exceptionally low. Admittedly, the club have had injury problems to contend with in recent weeks, but that should be no excuse for such dire form and their supporters must be starting to worry that the club are about to get sucked into a relegation dogfight.

Barnsley’s position means that should the Tykes take all three points this Sunday, they will actually leapfrog their opponents in the table and could find themselves in 12th position. While the Tykes have been playing Championship football for the past few seasons, their budget is much lower than Brighton’s and their supporters will be delighted if Keith Hill can manage to retain the club’s divisional status for another year. At the moment, that appears highly likely as while the Oakwell outfit have occupied a bottom half position for much of the season so far, they have never really been involved around the bottom three. As their position would suggest, their form is inconsistent though, with the club winning two and losing two of their last four.

Brighton approach this game with several injury concerns and Gus Poyet could be without up to six players. Long term injuries mean that Gary Dicker and Adam El-Abd are certain to miss the clash, while Poyet is sweating on the likes of Will Hoskins, Will Buckley, Vicente and Gonzalo Jara Reyes. It’s a similar situation for the visitors who also have their problems and Keith Hill could be missing four first team players. Danny Haynes, Bobby Hassell, Goran Lovre and Reuben Noble-Lazarus are all on the treatment table and not ready to feature in this one.

Brighton approach this clash with some awful form behind them, while their opponents have managed to grind out some decent results in recent weeks. However, with the Seagulls holding the home advantage we think they’ll be able to at least get a point, with our prediction for this clash being a goalless draw.

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