Fulham face Brighton ~ Ch. Match Preview

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Brighton & Hove Albion will be hoping to end a run of seven games without a win when they travel to Fulham in the Championship on Monday.

Inigo Calderon netted a late equaliser on Boxing Day to earn the managerless Seagulls a 2-2 draw with Reading, which took them seven points clear of bottom side Blackpool.

Interim boss Nathan Jones will remain in charge for this match, and has been linked with the permanent vacancy created by Sami Hyypia's exit last week.

Darren Bent could miss the match after the on-loan striker limped out of Friday's draw with a tight groin.

However, Craig Mackail-Smith could be poised for a more prominent role after coming off the bench against Reading and earning the plaudits of his caretaker manager.

Meanwhile, Fulham have a chance to move into the top half of the table with a win over Brighton, depending on the results in Sunday's other matches.

The Cottagers slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Friday, leaving them 15th in the table and eight points clear of the bottom three.

Kit Symons's side have reported no fresh injury concerns following the defeat, but may make changes for their third match in nine days.

George Williams and Patrick Roberts both came off the bench last time out, so could be in line for a start if they impressed the manager.

When the two sides played the reverse fixture just a few weeks ago, Fulham came away with a 2-1 win.

    Head-to-head

  • Fulham won the earlier meeting 2-1 at the AMEX Stadium on 29 November.


  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last seven meetings in all competitions, winning five. Brighton's last win was 2-0 at home in the old Division Two in April 1994.


  • Fulham have won two of the last three meetings at Craven Cottage, drawing the other. Brighton's last win there was 1-0 in the old Division Two in November 1993.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham lost 2-0 at Bournemouth on Boxing Day, after winning their previous two games.


  • Fulham have lost only one of their last seven home games in the Championship. Their only league defeat at Craven Cottage since September was 5-0 against Watford on 5 December.


  • In their last 20 home games, 10 of the 29 goals scored by Fulham have come from forwards, 11 from midfielders and 7 from defenders.


  • In their last 20 home games, 66% of the 29 goals scored by Fulham have come in open play, whilst 31% have come from set-pieces.


  • Fulham have won 35%, drawn 20% and lost 45% of their last 20 home games.



  • Brighton


  • Brighton have won only one of their last 16 games in all competitions. Their only win since 24 September was 1-0 against Wigan at home in the Championship on 4 November.


  • Brighton have won only one of their 11 away games in the Championship this season. Their only league win on the road was 2-0 at Leeds on 19 August.


  • In their last 20 away games, 7 of the 25 goals scored by Brighton have come from forwards, 10 from midfielders and 8 from defenders.


  • In their last 20 away games, 76% of the 25 goals scored by Brighton have come in open play, whilst 24% have come from set-pieces.


  • Brighton have won 25%, drawn 40% and lost 35% of their last 20 away games.
























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