We are back to post-weekend action with MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, with just a couple of picks for this evening.
Brighton head into this game with the chance to overtake Middlesbrough into 2nd spot at minimum, to give them at least a 2 point cushion going into the last weekend. The crowd will be at their loudest and most supportive in what will be their last game in front of their home fans at the Amex Stadium. Brighton come into this game having found a rich vein of form in front of goal scoring a minimum of 2 goals per game over their last 7 games coming into this encounter. This has helped their goal difference significantly inflating it to +30 incase there happens to be a 3 way tie at the top at the end of the season. Brighton’s goals have come from Hemed (17 goals), Zamora (7 goals) and Knockeart (5 goals) to lead their total effort with 70 goals, which is the best offensive unit in the division. Brighton come into the game boasting a good defence also who have conceded only 40 all season, but in recent games conceded 6 in their last 7 games.
Derby County also come into this game knowing that wins are needed in order to ensure momentum is built coming towards the playoff time at the end of the season and are now undefeated in 5 straight games. They have taken 4 wins and a draw during that time, and their performance have been equally as good as Brighton coming into this encounter. They have scored goals in each of their last 7 games coming into this game with 65 goals scored all season. Their efforts have been led by Chris Martin (15 goals), Tom Ince (12 goals) and Johnny Russell (9 goals) and have been in good form coming into this encounter. Like Brighton they have also let in 6 goals in their last 7 games and might be vulnerable in such a high profile game.
This has the makings of the game of the weekend with both teams wanting to win but Brighton needing it more. I see this tasty encounter with both teams in scoring form, and I expect both of them to find the back of the net.