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Posted Fri 20 Sep 13

Preview: Brighton

Match Preview: Setting the scene

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Bolton Wanderers will make the 550 mile round trip to the south coast this weekend to play Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium

The Whites will be looking to build on from Tuesday’s nights 2-2 draw against Derby County and climb the Sky Bet Championship table with three points against the Seagulls.

It will be only Bolton’s second ever visit to the Amex, with their last in November 2012 when David Ngog scored a 96th minute equaliser to secure a point for Dougie Freedman’s men. 
Match Preview: Team news

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Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz will definitely miss Saturday’s game, likewise long term absentees Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Joe Riley.

Frontman Craig Davies remains a doubt for manager Dougie Freedman with a toe injury.

Match preview: Op camp

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Brighton & Hove Albion return to home soil this weekend after two difficult matches on the road at Reading and Queens Park Rangers.

The Seagulls however did themselves justice at both the Madjeski and Loftus Road, picking up two valuable points against the former Premier League duo.

Now under the guidance of Óscar García Junyent following Gus Poyet’s well publicised departure from the Amex, Brighton will be looking to win promotion after last year’s Play-Off semi-final heartache.

The south coast club are unbeaten in their last five matches and a win at the weekend would see the Seagulls rise into the top half of the table. 
Match preview: Man in the middle

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Referee Michael Jones will take charge of Saturday’s game. Born in Chester, Jones has been refereeing since 1997 and has taken charge of three games so far this season, his last at Loftus Road where Queens Park Rangers beat Birmingham City by one goal to nil.

An experienced Premier League official, Jones last refereed a Wanderers game in January 2013 when Dougie Freedman’s men drew 1-1 with Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup.

Ron Ganfield and Ian Hussin will run the line, whilst Oli Langford will be the fourth official.