MATCHWATCH : Brighton & Hove Albion (a) sponsored by Tinsmiths everywhere

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MATCHWATCH : Brighton & Hove Albion (a) sponsored by Tinsmiths everywhere

by Sutekh » 22 Feb 2017 11:12



Next up for Reading are the might of Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex for bragging rights in the tinpot derby.

Live on the telly as well so those not wanting to go to their shiny inaccessible spakkerdome can sit and enjoy their Saturday teatime while Reading try their best to halt the progress of Chris Hughton's boys

Now we all know that they seem to have a thing about Reading for some reason, a bit like that annoying brother/sister that keeps trying to get at you when you're completely knackered and just want to go to sleep. However, as we all know, the two clubs are completely and utterly interchangeable in more or less every respect which makes them ideal as brothers/sisters - perhaps we should twin with each other just to make it official....

Brighton have some excellent players - especially Knockaert - and plenty of ex-Readingness in Rosenior, Murray, Sidwell etc. (so it's no wonder they're actually quite good at this football lark currently). However they are on a bit of an erratic run of form (for them) currently with only(!) 4 wins and 2 draws from their last 8 league games so there are opportunities to be had - but to counter that they have won 7 of their last 8 home games (they drew the other with Ipswich).

Looking at the current squads it would appear that both teams will be at more or less full strength with Berg expected to be fit again and only Harriott (Reading) and Rosenior (Brighton) being unavailable. As to what Stam will do teamwise, well as ever that will be anyone's guess but I bet Berg gets put straight back in and McShane should return after being on the bench at Huddersfield. Presumably the management will also be aware of the Kermorgant issue so he may well start on the bench again rather than try and get the Brighton team and supporters "up for it" any more than they need to be.

Referee

For the second time in 5 weeks Reading will have the pleasure of Merseyside's Peter Bankes for the trip down south.



Semaphore will be provided by Timothy Wood and Dan Cook while Simon Hooper will be ensuring fair play in the management dugouts.

21 Jan 2017 > Derby County 3-2 Reading
30 Jan 2016 > Reading 4-0 Walsall (FA Cup)
20 Dec 2015 > Reading 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
08 Aug 2015 > Birmingham City 2-1 Reading

Historically

Including the Southern League, this will be the 116th league match between the two teams with Reading ahead by 44 wins to 37. Of the previous 57 visits to the deepest, darkest depths of East Sussex Reading have won on 13 occasions while Brighton have amassed twice that amount.

Interestingly, every one of those 57 games has seen at least 1 goal scored and the 18 draws have finished as 1-1 on 12 occasions (the other 6 all ended 2-2).

Recently there really hasn't been much between the sides with draws and 1-0s in either direction being the order of the day. I would therefore expect a similarly close and tight affair (there, if that doesn't guarantee a goalfest then nothing will).
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Re: MATCHWATCH : Brighton & Hove Albion (a) sponsored by Tinsmiths everywhere

by genome » 22 Feb 2017 11:13

Please call it the Tinpot Derby

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by Sutekh » 22 Feb 2017 11:32

genome Please call it the Tinpot Derby


OP amended.

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by Kuhl_Runnings » 22 Feb 2017 13:20

We have to win. Or at least play an entertaining draw where we shade it. If only for a great atmosphere in the away end and for Sky sports to ease their Brighton bummery and Reading ignore-erey just a little bit

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by tidus_mi2 » 22 Feb 2017 13:41

On TV, perfect for us Tinpots.


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by CountryRoyal » 22 Feb 2017 14:20

Optimistic we can get something out of this if we replicate the level for most of the game against a Huddersfield side that completely dominated Brighton.

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by windermereROYAL » 22 Feb 2017 14:55

Anybody watching it in town be aware that the Irish egg chasers are on at the same time. ONeills will be a no go. probably the walkabout too.

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by Hound » 22 Feb 2017 15:13

windermereROYAL ONeills will be a no go. probably the walkabout too.


Isn't that always the case, regardless of whether any sport is on?

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by BR0B0T » 22 Feb 2017 19:39

there badge is much better than ours.

Why does ours have to be so shit?


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by IceIceGylfi » 22 Feb 2017 20:30

Have to go to this one; cannot stand how much SkySports bum Brighton, and even more when they thrash a team that their commentators seem to dislike (us). I hope to God we win, although I predict a 2-2 draw with Sidwell and Murray to score for them (Murray to do a Mackie and celebrate in front of us.) Grabban will get off the mark I hope. Kermorgant to come on and score a late equaliser.

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by genome » 22 Feb 2017 20:42

BR0B0T there badge is much better than ours.

Why does ours have to be so shit?


Massively disagree on that Broboters, prefer our badge by some distance

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by BR0B0T » 22 Feb 2017 21:01

genome
BR0B0T there badge is much better than ours.

Why does ours have to be so shit?


Massively disagree on that Broboters, prefer our badge by some distance


well you're a fcuking idiot and so is your mum

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by BR0B0T » 22 Feb 2017 21:02

5 (five) different colours in a logo with some shit clipart lion, crown and football


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by IceIceGylfi » 22 Feb 2017 21:05

Would make a joke/comment about Seagulls being really 'intimidating' but then again some Monarchs aren't really either to be fair

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by oldebiscuit » 22 Feb 2017 21:33

BROBOT seems to be a cock then.

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by CountryRoyal » 22 Feb 2017 21:40

oldebiscuit BROBOT seems to be a cock then.


They'll like him over at NSC then.

(Because of his fondness of their badge, obviously)

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by Half Biscuit » 22 Feb 2017 22:23

I know I'm just an idiot and so was my mum (who's dead) for having me, but I far prefer our badge to Brighton's, and to all our previous ones.
Brighton's badge makes me think of seagull shit on someone's fish and chips.

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by Mid Sussex Royal » 22 Feb 2017 22:26

Actually think this will be an easier game than Huddersfield as the way they are set up should suit us, although their wide players Knockheart and March are a big threat. Their front players are no great shakes though and are no better than average championship and if they go up, none of Baldock, Murray or Hemed will cut it in the Prem.

And despite the reviews he gets, Dunk is a liability at times and is easily wound up and slow, need to play McCleary and Grabban up front.

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by genome » 22 Feb 2017 22:33

BR0B0T 5 (five) different colours in a logo with some shit clipart lion, crown and football


Some blue and a seagull. I can feel myself slipping into a coma just looking at it.

Better than their old one, to be fair.

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by Royal Ginger » 23 Feb 2017 00:31

A lion and royalty kill or 'tinpot' a Seagull any day of the week. The problem is that they are better at football and animal combat counts for very little.

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