Brighton v Doncaster Preview

This is yet another game in the Championship which features two sides who have completely contrasting ambitions. In the case of Brighton, the Seagulls are looking to close the seven point gap which separates them from the playoff positions. Opponents Doncaster could only aspire to be in such a place though, with Rovers all the way down in 19th and timidly looking over their shoulder.

The main story to arise from the Amex Stadium this week is Brighton’s staggering losses of almost £15m. This highlights just how much it can cost to attempt, and ultimately fail, to reach the top flight. Therefore, one could argue that there is considerable pressure on the shoulders of Oscar Garcia as he attempts to emulate the top six place that his predecessor Gus Poyet masterminded only last season. If he is to replicate such success, there’s no doubt that the Seagulls will have to improve their recent form. While they find themselves in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup, they’ve also collected just one point from their last three Championship games. However, from a home perspective they still seem strong and have not lost in their last five at the Amex Stadium.

Even though Doncaster’s league position might suggest otherwise, they are actually in the completely opposite boat to their opponents in terms of their recent results. After venturing on a run which threatened to cut them adrift in the bottom three, Paul Dickov’s men have made a terrific resurgence over recent weeks and have collected eight points from their last four games. The two victories game courtesy of 3-0 successes over Charlton and Wigan, meaning that for the first time this year Rovers fans have something to smile about. Additionally, they have a real chance to put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three, with five points currently separating them from the drop zone.

In terms of team news, Brighton could have as many as four absentees with the Seagulls firstly sweating on the fitness of Keith Andrews and Jake Forster-Caskey. Will Buckley, Will Hoskins and Craig Mackail-Smith will definitely miss the clash, although there is better news in relation to Rohan Ince who has recovered from a foot problem. Doncaster on the other hand won’t be able to call upon Richie Wellens due to a suspension, while Paul Dickov might have an injury problem as well with Paul Keegan suffering with a thigh issue.

In terms of a prediction, we’re again going to go against the form book. While Doncaster have recorded some impressive results of late, Brighton’s home advantage generally counts for a lot and it’s for this reason that our tip will be a 3-1 victory for Oscar Garcia’s side.

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