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Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Leeds United

Withdean Stadium



Leeds V Brighton Preview

Following some slightly shaky performances as of late, will Dennis Wises’ men bounce back to early-season form with a trip to the seaside?

Vital Quotes:

Leeds United manager Dennis Wise is looking forward to the trip to Brighton, despite less than complimentary comments regarding the state of the stadium the match will be played in.

Speaking to the Leeds United Official Website Wise said: 'It's not a nice stadium and not a nice place to go, but it's 11 v 11 on some grass and it doesn't matter what's around it.

'We've had a look at Brighton and seen how they play. They've changed their system a few times, but we know what they're capable of and what they're about, and things are going well for them.'

No quotes from Brighton regarding the game yet. They'll be added if some pop up but I think the management are more than likely cowering at the fact they are playing Leeds United this weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:

Dean Cox will miss the game as he is suspended (naughty boy!)

Midfielder George O'Callaghan is out due to injury according to BBC whilst Brighton will welcome back Nicky Forster and defender Guy Butters.

Player to watch: Michel Kuipers

According to 'Ferret's Blog' on the official Brighton & Hove Albion website, Kuipers has gone 407 minutes without conceding a league goal.

This would obviously suggest that he is a man in form?

Apparently his last record was broken by Dick Tracey.

Leeds United Team News:

With Alan Thompson set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, Jonathan Douglas returns from international duty and will slot straight into the midfield as stand-in captain.

Strikers Tore-Andre Flo and Leon Constantine are both injured, meaning a likely subs bench place for on-loan front man Mark De Vries.

Aside from that we're all good!

Player to watch: Tresor Kandol

A bizarre week for our Tres, who managed to bugger up a penalty in some style last weekend and today, has signed a new contract.

Expect Kandol to display excellent 'bouncebackability' with a goal!

Useless Facts:

  • Brighton's beach is home to an annual beach (funnily enough) soccer tournament.

  • However the sand used for the pitch, is imported!

  • 2007 saw Brighton host the World Beard and Moustache Championship.

  • The winners can be viewed by clicking here

  • Brighton was the first non-Asian location for Tuc-Tuc's according to Wikipedia. Whether the idea caught on or not is another story (Brighton fans get in touch!)
  • Ref Watch:

    The referee for the game is none other than Mr P Taylor! Mr Taylor, who hails from Hertfordshire, has managed a staggering 35 yellow cards in 10 games. He hasn't to date sent anyone off this season!

    Match Prediction:

    Leeds back on track with a 3-1 win, Kandol 2 and Beckford.

    After Brighton:

    Leeds return home to Elland Road for a potential fiery fixture against Milwall (27/10).

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    The Journalist

    Writer: LUFC1 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday October 19 2007

    Time: 5:18PM

    Your Comments

    I must admit I'm very impressed for their new stadium plans but blimey...what a flippin dump. Do they seriously charge spectators to stand on a running track to see the games?
    The Sun will shine tomorrow and if like me you have taken any notice!!!When the Sun's out we WIN!!!..Mark my words you read it here first..
    For the sake of those going to Brighton, it better shine else they are going to get bloody wet!
    Also remember to take your binoculars, you are about 35 yards from the goal nearest to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    In answer to the first comment, the track is used as a gathering area and an access route to the main stand. Withdean is a crap stadium but not a dump as it's a nice area and is well kept but as it's an athletics stadium the stands are placed away from the running track hence the long distance away you are. You might get lucky as I think it's dry 2mo.
    Seagull Steve
    I Think This Could Be Your First Defeat Guys And Gals, Brighton Are Unpredictable But Quite Capable Of Turning You Over...!
    I Think This Could Be Your First Defeat Guys And Gals, Brighton Are Unpredictable But Quite Capable Of Turning You Over...!.........think again horseworrier!
    Fair Play To Leeds, A Tough Trip And They Came Up Trumps Again...Now Where's That Humble Pie I'm Hungry...
    did well to get a win here, thought we`d lose this one, wrong!

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