Brighton v Huddersfield preview: Seagulls target crucial home win
Last Updated: 06/04/18 10:55pm
Brighton will be looking to take a big step towards Premier League survival when they face relegation rivals Huddersfield on Saturday.
With seven games left to play, the Seagulls are six points above the relegation zone.
However, they were beaten last time out by Leicester and face a tricky run-in that includes games against all of the current top four.
"I'm conscious that this is a home game for us and because we weren't able to win our last one, it does put more pressure on this game," said manager Chris Hughton.
"But whatever the next game would have been, there would have been more pressure on that game and it just happens to be Huddersfield."
The Terriers are three points above the relegation zone but have lost three of their last four games, failing to score in any of them. They have also lost 11 of 16 away games this season.
"I am confident that we have everything to stay up," said manager David Wagner. "Even if we know it's difficult and that last season was a fairy tale. I'm confident because of our league position and the spirit this team has."
Brighton will give Dale Stephens every chance to prove his fitness as he has been battling a hamstring complaint.
Loanee Leonardo Ulloa can return having been ineligible for selection in last weekend's 2-0 loss against parent club Leicester.
Huddersfield will be without Elias Kachunga for the rest of the season after he injured ankle ligaments in the defeat at Newcastle last weekend.
Aside from long-term absentees Danny Williams (leg) and Michael Hefele (knee), Wagner has every other first-team player at his disposal.
Brighton are unbeaten in their last five home league meetings with Huddersfield (W3 D2), since a 2-3 loss in League One in April 2011.
The away side hasn't won any of the last 10 league meetings between these sides (five home wins, five draws) since Brighton won 2-1 at the John Smith's Stadium in November 2012.
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After keeping a clean sheet in two of their opening three Premier League away games, Huddersfield have conceded in each of their last 13 on the road - the longest such run in the competition this season.
Only Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic has taken (8) and scored (7) more Premier League penalties than Glenn Murray this season (6 taken, 4 scored). Murray is also only one of two players to have missed more than one Premier League spot-kick this season (Wayne Rooney, 3).
I watched Huddersfield the other day against Newcastle. They set up to not get beat but they ended up losing 1-0.
You need to win football matches, you can't be going places and drawing matches. I don't think it will ever be enough. I'm very worried for Huddersfield, they're on the glass slope with moccasin slippers on at the moment. They're just sliding and you can't stop.
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