Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to close the gap on Premier League 2 Division 1 leaders Everton to just one point when Derby County visit the People’s Pension Stadium this evening, kick-off 7pm.
The Toffees are also in action tonight, against Liverpool at Anfield, but victory for the Seagulls over the Rams would stretch their unbeaten run in the league to six matches and strengthen their challenge for top spot.
After remaining unbeaten in the first six league matches of the season, Albion tasted their first defeat against tonight’s opponents when they visited Loughborough University in October — Jacob Butterfield’s goal sealed a 1-0 victory for the Rams.
Back-to-back wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have kept the Seagulls one place above tonight’s visitors, who have lost four of their last six matches, but most recently beat Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Albion have enjoyed a 13-day break since their last outing in the Sussex Senior Cup, and Simon Rusk’s side will be keen to continue their unbeaten record at the People’s Pension Stadium this season.
Danny Cashman has fired winning goals in each of Albion’s last two outings against Manchester City and Eastbourne Town, while fellow striker Bojan Radulovic netted twice against Spurs last month.
Season ticket holders can gain free admission at the turnstiles on presentation of their season cards, otherwise entry is priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions and under-16s.
Supporters not attending the game can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a report and gallery to follow after the full-time whistle.