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Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion

7 November 2015

The Dons will be looking to build on their last two positive performances when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion today.

Karl Robinson’s men were more than a match for league-leading Hull City for the majority of their clash at stadiummk last weekend and they followed that display up with a 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic in midweek.

That win moved the Dons four points clear of the bottom three and they’ll be eager to increase that gap heading into the international break, which follows this afternoon's match in East Sussex.

THE OPPOSITION
Brighton are the only team in England’s top five divisions yet to lose a league match this season.

The Seagulls are unbeaten in their first 15 games of 2015/16 and up until Tuesday evening occupied first place in the Sky Bet Championship – they are level on points with first and second but sit below them due to their inferior goal difference.

Chris Hughton’s men haven’t been as prolific as the sides around them at the top of the table – their tally of 19 goals scored is bettered by seven other teams. They have, though, conceded just 11 times in the league, which is the fourth-best record in the division.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS
Karl Robinson: “In every job (Chris Hughton) has had, he’s been successful. We know how hard this challenge is going to be. They’ve got some good players, like Sam Baldock who has hurt us in a number of games. He’s just one of a number that will be trying to hurt us on the weekend.”

Chris Hughton: “What they have shown in their latest result is that there are small margins in this league between each club. Their style is very expansive with some good passing. We certainly know how they will play and we just need to make sure we are playing at a standard that will get us a result.”

TEAM NEWS
Kyle McFadzean is available for selection after missing Tuesday’s win over Charlton Athletic due to a suspension for collecting five yellow cards.

He is expected to go straight back into the starting XI in place of Matt Upson, who deputised in his absence but was forced off with a reoccurrence of his calf injury after only 37 minutes.

Otherwise the Dons have no fresh injury concerns, although Ben Reeves, Dale Jennings and Joe Walsh remain sidelined.

Brighton, meanwhile, will hope to have striker Bobby Zamora and defender Gordon Greer back in their squad.

Zamora missed the midweek clash with Sheffield Wednesday with a foot injury while Greer has been out of action for a month.

Kazenga Lua Lua won’t be available until after the international break, however.

MATCH FACTS
- The Dons have recorded the highest amount of possession in the Sky Bet Championship in 2015/16, having seen 57.13% of the ball.

- The men from MK1 have won four of their last six meetings with Brighton and have kept a cleans-sheet in four of the last five.

- Brighton’s 15-game unbeaten run is their longest to start the season, ever.

- The Seagulls have conceded just three goals in their last seven league outings at the Amex Stadium.

REFEREE
Dean Whitestone will take charge today's clash.  So far this season, he has refereed 15 games this season, shown 42 yellow cards and sent off two players. The Dons have won the last three times Whitestone has been the official.

His assistant referees will be Robert Whitton and Christopher O’Donnell while the fourth official is John O’Brien.

SKY BET ODDS
Result:
Brighton win – 4/6
Draw – 13/5
Dons win – 9/2

First goalscorer:
Tomer Hemed – 4/1
Sam Baldock – 5/1
Jamie Murphy – 11/2
Nicky Maynard – 17/2
Dean Bowditch – 9/1
Josh Murphy – 12/1

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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MATCH COVERAGE
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A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle.

Tickets for today's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion are available to buy on arrival at the Amex Stadium.

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