Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to extend their unbeaten streak to eight matches against Southampton this evening, when the teams face off at the Amex Stadium, kick-off 7pm.
Henrik Bjordal scored deep into stoppage time to keep Albion’s impressive run intact, when the Seagulls drew 1-1 against Exeter City last time out to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup.
But Simon Rusk’s team are back in Premier League 2 Division 2 action this evening, and could record their second victory over the Saints this evening, after Aaron Connolly scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory in October.
Albion occupy fifth position in the league table with five games remaining, and victory at the Amex will move them four points clear of sixth-placed Fulham, who sit just outside the play-off positions.
Chris Hughton’s first-team squad are in good health at the moment, therefore tonight’s under-23 match could give the Albion boss a chance to give his fringe players some game time at the Amex.
The Saints are on a good run themselves, winning their previous three league fixtures over Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City - scoring ten goals along the way.
Tonight’s visitors produced a fine display to win 5-1 against Newcastle in the north east a couple of weeks back, before drawing 0-0 against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League Cup.
Albion season-ticket holders can attend this evening’s match for free, but must book their tickets in advance at seagullstickets.com.
Standard ticket prices are as follows:
Tickets are available for tonight’s game at seagullstickets.com and via the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).
Free parking will be available for supporters in Bennetts field.