After the Championship kicked off with Blackpool’s away win at Hull last night, our attention now turns to the main event, the bumper Saturday which traditionally kicks off the start of the new football season.
Its been a fantastic few years for Brighton as today they open their 2011 Championship campaign with a home game at their new home the Amex Stadium against Doncaster.
For Brighton and their enigmatic manager, ex Chelsea and Tottenham star Gus Poyet, the future is definitely looking bright as the League One Champions of last take their place in the fight for a place in the jewel in the footballing crown, the Premiership.
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Many people make Brighton one of the dark horses for promotion this year, and its easy to see why.
A move to their new 30,000 seater stadium will only increase their status as an emerging force, and with a rumoured 20,000 season tickets already sold there should be ample and vociferous support for the Seagulls.
Poyet may have lost Glenn Murray and Elliott Bennett in the post season, but he has brought in Craig Mackail-Smith from Peterborough, who netted 35 times last season for the Posh, and much is expected of the new signing.
Hi £2.5m price tag may have raised a few eyebrows on the south coast but its definitely a statement of intent.
Also added is another £1m player, Will Buckley, who has arrived from Watford.
Sean O’Driscoll’s Rovers side look to be in for a difficult afternoon, and much will depend on Billy Sharp this season.
Doncaster may give debuts to Giles Barnes and defenders Rachid Bouhenna and Oscar Radford, who signed last week.
It should be a an interesting afternoon on the south coast and one which could define a season.
Can Gus Poyet keep the magic alive at the Amex?