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3 things to look out for in the Preston North End v Brighton and Hove Albion match



This afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at Deepdale sees two top-half teams striving for the same thing – promotion to the Premier League.

Chris Hughton's Brighton go to Preston today (3pm kick-off)

Chris Hughton’s Brighton go to Preston today (3pm kick-off)

The home side Preston North End have a less likely chance than their opponents. They sit in tenth in the league standings, eight points behind sixth place Sheffield Wednesday who occupy the final play-off place. Their form of late has been impressive, winning four of their last five games.

The Lilywhites began February in 14th position in the league and then went on to finish the month in tenth. Their impressive form could be some form of hope as they look to finish the season on a high.

Brighton on the other hand are in a great position with just 12 league games remaining. They are placed in fourth position, and just two points behind Burnley who are in the second of the two automatic promotion places. As a result, Brighton will look to continue their impressive form – winning their last two games, scoring eight goals in the process.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Reece Chambers identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s match at Deepdale…

1) Brighton’s attacking threat

Going forward, Brighton have been one of the most impressive teams in the league this season. With twelve different scorers, the strength and depth of the Brighton squad is certainly something to look out for.

Having won their last two games with four goals in both, Brighton will look to carry on their impressive goal scoring form in this one. The likes of Tomer Hemed, 11, and Bobby Zamora, 7, have helped Chris Hughton’s side to a very good chance of promotion into the big time.

One thing is for sure, Preston will need to watch out for the attacking forces of the Seagulls if they are going to have any chance of getting something from this game.

2) Preston’s impressive form

Despite being 15 points behind their opponents going into this fixture, Preston will be buoyed by string of good results, with the exception of their 2-1 loss at Cardiff City last weekend.

Before that narrow loss, Simon Grayson’s men won their previous four league games.

On that very run, they won all of the games by a one-goal margin. The clinical nature of Preston shows us all that we should not count them out of any chance of a late play-off surge.

Brighton, themselves, should be very wary of their opponents.

Games like this are ones that Brighton would be expected to win on paper. But, as we all know, football isn’t that simple. And, with the recent form of Preston, we shouldn’t be surprised to see a close game at Deepdale today.

3) Tomer Hemed

The Israeli-international has scored 11 goals so far this season for the Seagulls.

Most recently, he has scored three goals in his last two league game. Two against Leeds United last weekend and one against Bristol City the weekend previous to that has made him the club’s top-scorer, ahead of Bobby Zamora on a total of 7 goals.

His pace and power has caused issues for many Championship clubs this season and is certainly something that could trouble the defence of Preston as well. As a result, Hemed is the player you should be looking out for today and he could well be the key to Brighton’s success if their recent emphatic victories are anything to go by.

Preston and Brighton fans… what do you think the score will be this afternoon? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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