Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday as the only team in the Sky Bet Championship with a 100 per cent record.That says much about the unpredictability of the division, given Chris Hughton’s side were among those battling to stay in it last term.
Brighton backed up an opening day win against Nottingham Forest with a 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday, and they were also victorious in the Capital One Cup against Southend United last week.
It gives them healthy momentum heading into Tuesday’s fixture, but they will have to halt a trend if they are to collect the three points. The last four fixtures between Huddersfield and Brighton have all been drawn, with the sides typically being well matched.
Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion – last four fixtures
April 2015: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Huddersfield Town
October 2014: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
April 2014: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
December 2013: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Huddersfield Town
How have Huddersfield started?
In truth, Huddersfield’s start has not as impressive as Brighton’s, but they will still take heart from picking up their first point of the season against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.
Chris Powell’s side put in a decent performance against Rovers, but they were unable to claim the victory after Nahki Wells had put them ahead, as Nathan Delfouneso netted a 60th-minute equaliser for the visitors.
Have either side made many changes over the summer?
Brighton did plenty of business during the transfer window, but their starting line-up has been tweaked rather than dramatically restructured by manager Hughton.
Tomer Hemed, scorer of the winner against Fulham, has added power up front, while Gaetan Bong has given them energy down the left-hand side, but the bulk of the team which has impressed so far was at the Amex Stadium last term.
In addition to those players, the Seagulls still have the likes of Jack Harper, Bobby Zamora and Jamie Murphy to introduce into their first team.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, have added a few new faces themselves.
Jordy Hiwula has signed from Manchester City and Jason Davidson arrives from West Bromwich Albion, while the signings of Dean Whitehead and Martin Cranie also add experience to the group.
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