Match Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Nottingham Forest

Following an important 1-0 victory away at Derby County on Tuesday night, goal difference is now all that separates Brighton from the play-off places.

Adam El-Abd made his long-awaited return for the Albion after seven months on the sidelines with a foot injury. His second-half appearance as substitute was in place of Iñigo Calderón, who is suspended for Saturday’s game after picking up a fifth booking of the campaign at Pride Park.

But as one right-back is ruled out, another returns. Mauricio Taricco has served his two-match ban after being sent off at Southampton and may feature against Nottingham Forest.

The visitors lost 4-0 to Leeds United on Tuesday night, their eleventh league defeat of the season, but Steve Cotterill’s side will be eager for a good result after slipping into the relegation zone.

Andy Reid is suspended after his red card at Elland Road, and former Brighton defender Joel Lynch is out with a groin injury. The East Midlands club hasn’t scored a goal away from home in two months, so travelling fans will be hoping striker Ishmael Miller is back to full fitness.

It’s the first time the two sides have met since a goalless draw at The City Ground in 2008, and Brighton lost 2-0 when Forest last visited the Withdean.

As the Amex welcomes a team decorated with two European Cups and a First Division title, Gus Poyet wants the players to ignore the current league table and not get complacent.

The Brighton manager said: “Football is so unpredictable and for some reason it has been more difficult for them to get out of their situation.

“I’m 100 per cent sure that on their day they can beat anyone and we have got to make sure that it’s not us they beat on Saturday. We have proved in the past that it’s up to us.”

Brighton Lite spoke to Gus Poyet and Will Hoskins about their plans for the rest of the season. Read what they had to say here.

Form Guide:
Brighton DLWLWW
Forest LWLWLL

Head to Head: Brighton 6, Forest 13, Draws 6
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referees: Philip Knight and David Margetts
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

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