Brentford make the trip to Brighton this evening knowing a win could put them within five points of the play-off positions, and knowing defeat could all but end any hopes they might maintain of breaking the top six stronghold.
Brighton on the other hand sit fifth after back to back wins, which has seen them halt a dreadful run in December which featured only one win in six games.
It will definitely be a fixture both sides will fancy themselves to win, with Brighton looking to distance themselves from seventh place and secure a play-off berth. A win will actually move them back in to third in the table.
Both sides have had decent seasons overall, and possess players who are capable of winning the game on their own for their team.
Chris Hughton though will be hoping home advantage plays its part at the AMEX and he can make it three wins from three for the Seagulls.
Here, I take a look at THREE things to look out for in tonight’s game live on Sky…….
1) Brentford’s approach at the start of a tough run
This fixture is the start of a tough run of games for the Bees, which sees them travel to Sheffield Wednesday, then face Derby County and Wolves in successive home games.
It will be interesting to see what the approach is and if they feel they can take three points or walk away happy with a point.
Dean Smith has done a decent job since he took the job on after leaving Walsall earlier in the season, and will be looking for his team to put in a solid performance to take them in to the run of games ahead.
2) The start of another run for the Seagulls?
Chris Hughton has led his team to back to back wins over the last two games following a stinking run which put a major dent in such a positive start to the season.
The Seagulls went 22 games without defeat in the league at the start of the season, the longest run in the whole of the football league this year.
If they can emulate that run, starting with another three points tonight, then it will be hard to see them finishing anywhere else than the top six – maybe even the top two – come the seasons end.
Confidence is a big thing in football as we all know, and if Brighton get playing with that air of invincibility again, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
3) Alan Judge
The Brentford star was courted by many clubs during the January transfer window, but opted to stay put at Griffin Park, delighting fans in the process.
Judge will be looking to put the turmoil and rumours of the window behind him now and get on with playing football for this club, with the hope of continuing his goals and assist numbers which are already very impressive.
The diminutive midfielder has scored 12 goals and contributed seven assists – top in both at the club – and will hope to continue this form.
Manager Dean Smith knows he needs a fully fit and firing Alan Judge if his team are to come away with anything from the AMEX tonight.
Seagulls fans, Bees fans, what do you think? How will tonights game go? Let us know using the comments below!