Brighton take on Leeds United tonight hoping to re-establish their promotion credentials after a 1-0 defeat at Leicester last time out.
In fact, the Seagulls go into the game on the back of two defeats after their 2-1 home reverse in the Carling Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday.
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But they have surprised a few with their barnstorming start to life in the Championship – sitting in third place only two points behind leaders Southampton; not bad for a team promoted from League One last season.
But Leeds are one of the bigger draws in the second tier and after a wobbly start, the Whites have put down a marker with two league victories in two – against Crystal Palace and Bristol City.
Still considered one of the favourites for promotion, Simon Grayson’s men have plenty of quality at their disposal and they added to that group this week with the signing of former Leeds defender-cum-midfielder Danny Pugh on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
The 28-year-old returns to the club where he made 57 appearances in two seasons between 2004 and 2006.
“He’s a versatile and experienced player, who has played in the Premier League and Europa League. He also knows the Championship well and he knows the club very well,” United manager Grayson told the club’s official website.
Left-back Marcus Painter is available again for Brighton after missing the League Cup tie with Liverpool through suspension. Will Hoskins has been suffering with a hip problem but should be fit to start.
Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo returns after serving a one-match ban for his sending-off against Bristol City. Billy Paynter is fit again following a shin injury.
Tomorrow night’s AMEX Stadium clash kicks off at 19:45 and it promises to be one of the Championship’s more entertaining encounters so far.