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Preview: Bristol City v Brighton

Bristol City v Brighton
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Tuesday, February 23rd (7.45pm)

Bristol City host promotion-chasing Brighton tonight (7.45pm) hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

All the key information on City's opponents can be found below:

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
After 21 league games unbeaten from the start of the campaign, Brighton have had an indifferent spell of form since. In the 11 league ties that have followed, the Seagulls have lost five matches but a mini run of four wins on the bounce sees them remain firmly in the promotion hunt. Chris Hughton's side are two points off the top two but have a considerably less goal difference. Their last match on the road saw them lose 4-1 to Cardiff City and they have only won one away game since October.

MANAGER
Chris Hughton – Former Republic of Ireland international best known for his 13-year stint with Tottenham Hotspur. The 56-year-old stepped into management in 2009 following Newcastle’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship. He led the Toon to the title but was sacked in December, which was ill received players and fans. Hughton was linked with various posts before taking the Birmingham job in the summer of 2011. He stayed at the Blues for a season before taking up the mantle at Norwich but was relieved of his duties with the club just above the drop zone. Hughton has been in charge of Brighton since December 2014.

STAR MAN
Tomer Hemed – Israel international who started his career at Maccabi Haifa. After six years with the club he moved to Mallorca where he netted 20 times in 90 appearances. He moved to Almeria in 2014 and was picked up by Brighton at the start of the season. The striker has eight goals in all competitions.

OFFICIALS
David Coote is appointed as the man in the middle. Neil Radfoot and Mark Jones will assist him and Oliver Langford will be the fourth official.

TICKETS
Tickets are available for purchase on the night.

LAST TIME OUT
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Bristol City – Bobby Zamora fired a late winner to continue Brighton’s unbeaten start to the season. City took a shock lead as Derrick Williams volleyed home from Jonathan Kodjia’s cross, but former City captain Sam Baldock equalised just after half-time. A share of the spoils would have been fair but Zamora popped up to seal victory for the Seagulls.

LAST SEASON
Sky Bet Championship: 20th
FA Cup: Fouth round (lost to Arsenal)
Capital One Cup: Fourth round (lost to Tottenham Hotspur)

DID YOU KNOW?
The Seagulls were the only professional team in Sussex from 1920 to 2011 until Crawley Town were promoted to the Football League.

ODDS
City are 7/5 with SkyBet to win the tie, while Brighton are priced at 19/10. The draw is available at 23/10.

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