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Match preview: Brighton and Hove Albion (A)

12 August 2016

Nottingham Forest could record a third win in a week with victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Nottingham Forest face their toughest test of the campaign so far in the shape of a trip to last season's play-off semi-finalists Brighton and Hove Albion but will travel in high spirits after wins over Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers.

Philippe Montanier's side have started the season in an entertaining an successful fashion but a win at the Amex Stadium would make a real statement of intent in arguably Forest's hardest challenge of the opening month.

Brighton, known for their defensive solidity, have yet to concede a goal in their opening two matches of the season and will be looking to build on a creditable goalless draw at Derby County in their first Championship game last weekend.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier is expecting a tough team selection and he should have Hildeberto Pereira fit after the Portuguese international limped off against Burton Albion on Saturday.

Danny Fox is still out as he serves the last game of a three-match suspension while otherwise only Daniel Pinillos and Matty Fryatt remain long-term absentees.

Brighton have Dale Stephens back in contention after his return from suspension but defensive duo Connor Goldson and Uwe Hunemeier are still out with knee and groin injuries respectively. 

Nottingham Forest

Braga (A) - Won 3-0
Port Vale (A) - Won 2-0
Notts County (A) - Won 2-1
Hull City (H) - Lost 2-1
Burton Albion (H) - Won 4-3
Doncaster Rovers (A) - Won 2-1

Brighton and Hove Albion

Luton Town (A) - Lost 2-1
Stevenage (A) - Lost 1-0
Oxford United (A) - Won 4-0
Lazio (H) - Lost 1-0
Derby County (A) - Drew 0-0
Colchester United (H) - Won 4-0

Beram Kayal

The Israeli midfielder made his debut in a 3-2 defeat to Forest in February 2015 and has since gone from strength to strength for the Seagulls, being named as the club's Player of the Season for 2015-16.

The 28-year-old is a hugely influential player in the Brighton midfield, possessing a keen eye for a pass and for goal, and will be hoping to provide ammunition for the Seagulls' front two of Tomer Hemed and Glenn Murray.

Chris Hughton: “We can only really go on what we saw from their last game and pre-season. They’ve certainly had a change around in the team; it was a very young, mobile side that won 4-3 against Burton.

“He [Philippe Montanier] made many changes in midweek; there were only two that played on Saturday that played again in midweek. So he has a lot of options.

“They have a lot of experienced players, but we’re not 100% sure which way he’ll go, as they were very young and mobile last Saturday."

Tickets for tonight’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will be on sale to Nottingham Forest supporters on arrival at the Amex Stadium.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £32
Over 65s: £24
Under 21s: £24
Under 18s: £18
Under 10s: £10

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.15pm.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Saturday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

To win:

Brighton - 4/5
Draw - 5/2
Nottingham Forest - 18/5

To score first:

Tomer Hemed - 4/1
Britt Assombalonga - 6/1
Apostolos Vellios - 9/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Aston Villa v Rotherham
Barnsley v Derby
Brentford v Ipswich
Burton Albion v Bristol City
Leeds v Birmingham
Newcastle v Huddersfield
Preston v Fulham
Wigan v Blackburn
Wolves v Reading
Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)
Cardiff v QPR (Sunday, kick-off 3pm)

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