Brighton & Hove Albion and Blackburn Rovers will meet at the Amex on Saturday in the 33rd meeting between the two clubs.
Both sides have won this fixture 11 times over the years while there has been ten draws, the most recent coming in the previous meeting at Ewood Park.
On Albion soil though, the very first meeting between the two clubs came in an FA Cup third round tie in January 1962, when Rovers secured a 3-0 victory, the complete opposite to the Lancashire side’s most recent visit, where they were defeated 3-0.
Rovers currently sit just outside the Championship play-offs, undefeated in their last six, and head to the Amex looking for their first victory at a ground where they have drawn one and lost one of their two visits so far.
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Here are three memorable meetings between the two sides:
9th November 2013
Brighton 3-0 Blackburn
Just as it is this year, Albion’s home fixture with Blackburn fell around Remembrance Day, and there were touching scenes before kick-off as the entire stadium paid tribute to the fallen service men and women. In particularly moving scenes, the Seagulls also honoured Lance Corporal James Brynin, an Albion fan who had recently lost his life while serving in Afghanistan, with his family pitch side for the minute’s silence prior to the match. On the pitch, Ashley Barnes’s brace and a strike from Jake Forster-Caskey secured a first victory over Rovers at the Amex and ended a run of three home games without a win. Barnes had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute when he capitalised on a mistake by Blackburn defender Jason Lowe, but blazed an effort over the bar after going clean through on goal. But the forward redeemed himself by breaking the deadlock just two minutes later from the penalty spot after Craig Conway was fouled inside the box. Rovers had chances to level the scores before the break, as Jordan Rhodes headed Joshua King’s cross wide of the post while Tomasz Kuszczak was in fine fettle making a string of superb stops. Forster-Caskey punished Rovers for those missed opportunities in the 56th minute when he headed home Conway’s cross, before Barnes slotted in a third goal on the rebound to complete the scoring.
12th February 2013
Brighton 1-1 Blackburn
Vicente’s second-half penalty was enough for Brighton & Hove Albion to secure a point against Rovers at the Amex. Albion had a chance to break the deadlock in the opening 60 seconds, when Dean Hammond and Leonardo Ulloa both went close. Vicente, Will Buckley and Bruno also had chances to open the scoring, while DJ Campbell had an opportunity for Rovers in what was an enthralling opening 15 minutes. The Seagulls dominated the opening stages, but were dealt a sucker punch when Scott Dann headed home Danny Murphy’s cross to give the visitors an unlikely lead. Hammond had two further chances to level the scores but Albion were finding keeper Jake Kean in inspired form until the hosts were awarded a penalty after Marcus Olsson was judged to have handled the ball inside the box. Vicente seized the opportunity and fired the resulting spot-kick straight down the middle of the goal to earn Albion a share of the spoils.
Second Division (Old)
4 th March 1989
Albion 3-0 Blackburn
A brace from Garry Nelson and a goal from Kevin Bremner were enough for newly-promoted Albion to secure three vital points against high-flying Blackburn Rovers. Albion would end up finishing 19th in the table, nine points clear of the relegated Shrewsbury, while Rovers secured fifth place and a play-off spot, losing 4-3 on aggregate in the final to Crystal Palace.