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PREVIEW: ALBION V COLCHESTER

8 August 2016

A look ahead to tomorrow night's EFL Cup first round tie.


Brighton & Hove Albion host Colchester United in an EFL Cup first round tie at the Amex on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.


TEAM NEWS


Albion manager Chris Hughton will make a number of changes for the visit of Colchester, with under-23 players Ben White and Sam Adekugbe expected to be involved.

Dale Stephens could be given some game time, following his return from suspension, while new signing Oliver Norwood should make his first appearance for Albion.

Connor Goldson (knee), Solly March (knee) and Uwe Huenemeier (groin) will all miss out as they continue their recovery from injury.

The Essex side have no fresh injury concerns following their 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United at the weekend.

FORM

ALBION            D
COLCHESTER    D

The Seagulls opened their Sky Bet Championship season with a 0-0 draw against Nigel Pearson’s Derby County at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

In an encouraging performance from the Seagulls, Glenn Murray went close on numerous occasions, while goalkeeper David Stockdale made a couple of vital saves to prevent the Rams from breaking the deadlock.

Colchester made the long trip north to take on Hartlepool in their opening match of the Sky Bet League Two season, with defender Tom Eastman scoring early on, before ex-Albion player Billy Paynter converted from the spot to share the spoils.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



DERBY 0


ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Rosenior, Bruno, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (Lua Lua 90), Kayal, Sidwell, Skalak (Murphy 87); Murray, Hemed (Baldock 73).

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), White, Norwood, Ince.

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LAST TIME OUT: COLCHESTER



HARTLEPOOL 1
Paynter 27 (pen)

COLCHESTER 1
Eastman 4

Colchester line-up: Walker; Brindley, Prosser, Eastman, Kinsella; Wright (Sembie-Ferrisat 70), Slater, Lapslie, Guthrie; Porter (Johnstone 62), Szmodics (Bonne 87).

Subs not used: Bransgrove (GK), Vincent-Young, Loft, Kent.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tuesday evening’s EFL Cup clash will be the 45th meeting between the two clubs.

The Seagulls have beaten the U’s on 17 occasions and a further 17 games have ended all square, whilst Colchester have ten victories under their belt.

Brighton were victorious the last time the teams met in this competition, winning 2-1 on aggregate in 1992, when ties were contested over two legs.

The Seagulls are unbeaten in the last three meetings with Colchester, winning 2-0 at the Withdean Stadium in the 2010/11 season on their way to the League One title.


LASTTIME WE MET



The last time the two sides met was following Albion’s confirmation as League One champions in the 2010/11 season, when Ashley Barnes levelled the game after Ian Henderson had put the U’s in front at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

COLCHESTER 1
Henderson 16

ALBION 1
Barnes 72

Colchester line-up: Williams; Powell, Wilson, Heath, Smith; O'Toole (Bond 69), Izzet, James, Vincent (Wordsworth 79); Henderson, Mooney.

Subs not used: Cousins (GK), Clarke, White, Coker, Odejayi.

Albion line-up: Ankergren (Brezovan 18); Calderon, Elphick, Dunk, Painter; Bennett, Navarro, Dicker, Noone; Barnes, Wood.

Subs not used: El-Abd, Sparrow, Hart, Kishishev, Bridcutt, Sandaza.

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