A big game at the top of the Championship unfolds tonight, with top two chasing Brighton taking on a Sheffield Wednesday side who find themselves in the top six and looking to regain some form.
Brighton have been in superb form themselves, recovering from a mini blip around Xmas and New Year to bring themselves back within just four points of top spot, while only three separate them from second placed Middlesbrough.
Wednesday on the other hand enter the game on the back of a home local derby loss to Rotherham United and ex-managerial nemesis Neil Warnock, and will be keen to address that result with a positive showing at the AMEX tonight.
With both clubs boasting pretty decent defences, many will see this as having draw written all over it. Football fans though know, that things do not always go as expected, especially in the Championship.
Here are THREE things to look out for in tonight’s game……
1) Owls slump to continue?
The Owls are without a win in five league games now following the weekend defeat at Hillsborough, and have failed to hit the net in four of those five games.
Manager Carlos Carvalhal will be keen for his side to deliver a good performance and hit the ground running tonight with a positive goal laden performance.
There could not be a harder game though for his side to try and turn their form around, as Brighton themselves are on an excellent run and ran out 4-0 winners at home last time out.
Wednesday could drop out of the play-offs if they do not win tonight, and the pressure of chasing promotion and trying to hunt down a top six spot may end up proving too much for them to maintain as the season draws to a close.
2) Tomer Hemed
The Israeli has been a revelation this season and Brighton will be looking for him to perform once again to the high standards he has shown so far already.
Hemed has 11 goals for the Seagulls this season, and is the clubs top scorer.
Wednesday will be looking to stop the striker in equal measure to ensure they can maintain a clean sheet for as long as possible during the game.
The Owls defence though will have a job on their hands, with Hemed hitting his best form of the season over the last 5 games.
If Hemed fires again tonight, then the Owls could well be in trouble if they are not at their best.
3) Brighton to finally beat the Owls?
The Seagulls have not beaten the Owls since a 3-0 home victory in 2012, and will be looking to address that situation as quickly as possible.
It makes it six meetings without a win for Chris Hughton’s men, including a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in November this season, a result which would not be too much of a surprise to be repeated tonight.
Brighton can put themselves right in the mix with a win tonight, and will go above fellow promotion chasers Hull, who are in FA Cup action. Defeat though could well spell the end of their automatic promotion hopes, with Boro and Burnley both expected to win their respective games against lower oppostion.