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Match Preview: Brentford vs Brighton & Hove Albion

3 February 2017

All the info ahead of Sunday's fixture at Griffin Park

Brentford vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Sunday 5 February
Griffin Park
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

After reaching a total of 60 points after only 28 games, Brighton find themselves top of the Sky Bet Championship. Going three months, 16 league games, unbeaten from October to December certainly helped establish them as real Championship contenders this season. The summer saw Shane Duffy [Blackburn Rovers] and Oliver Norwood [Reading] come through the door, while Glen Rea [Luton Town] and Andrew Crofts [Charlton Athletic] both leaving for clubs further North.

Their January business was negligable, as you would imagine from a squad already on the brink of top spot in England's second tier. Former Brentford loanee Chuba Akpom was borrowed from Arsenal on 30 January, while Jake Forster-Caskey made an identical switch the other way to Charlton Athletic. Their current form has been an usually rocky ride on the South coast, with three wins and three defeats from their last six matches. They were eliminated from the FA Cup last weekend by National League side Lincoln City, losing 3-1, before heading away to Huddersfield Town and suffering the same scoreline in the league. To add insult to injury, they also lost Lewis Dunk for Sunday's match after he was sent off in the 67th minute.

The Manager

Chris Hughton has been in charge of Brighton since December 2014. His managerial career so far has seen him get Newcastle United promoted back to the Premier League, reach the Play-offs with Birmingham City and save Norwich City from relegation.

The former left-back spent over a decade playing for Tottenham Hotspur before moving to West Ham United and finally Brentford in 1992. He earned 53 caps with the Republic of Ireland, for whom he acted as assistant manager between 2003 and 2005.

The Match Officials

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referees: Michael George and Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: We got Jota back from Eibar, we have Sergi Canos in and Florian Jozefzoon as well. They give us an extra dimension.

Josh McEachran: I think it was the best performance of the season

Ticket news

Tickets are still on sale to Previous Purchasers for Sunday's fixture, click here for more information and to buy now.

Travel News

Directions on how to get to Griffin Park and matchday parking arrangements can be found here.

Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm on Sunday, with Mark Burridge, Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.

Download the new Brentford FC app on android and iPhone and get all the coverage from Griffin Park in one place. Download for free here.

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