Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a disappointing defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday with Ashley Barnes seeing red early in the match with the visitors trailing 1-0.
This effectively handed the three points on a plate to their Yorkshire rivals who ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.
It could have been worse but with Burnley and Middlesbrough, the two clubs immediately above the Seagulls in the Championship table, failing to win so the deficit remains five points with Albion till harbouring genuine hopes of making the play-offs for which they are 4/1 and 12s for promotion.
A big crowd is expected at The Amex on Saturday evening when high-flying Hull City are the visitors in a game televised live on Sky Sports. The Tigers are having a fantastic season under the leadership of Steve Bruce and have high hopes of automatic promotion sitting in joint second place in the table with Leicester, albeit ten points behind runway leaders Cardiff.
Hull have an impressive eight wins on the road already this term and are unbeaten in seven away from the KC Stadium after winning 1-0 at Millwall last time out; they are not particularly pleasing on the eye but are tough, resilient and difficult to beat.
They arrive on the south coast as slight underdogs at 85/40 with Albion 7/5 and the draw 12/5. Midfielder Robert Koren has been the mainstay of the side and has chipped in with seven Championship goals; he is 16/1 to score first and 5/1 to net anytime.
Albion have added Matthew Upsom, on loan from Stoke City, to bolster their defence and with new forward Leonardo Ulloa settling in well have a strong looking squad for the final push. Craig Mackail-Smith was relegated to the bench last week but surely he will return to lead the line against the Tigers. He is 7/1 to bag the opener and 5/2 to score at anytime.
Mid-table Blackburn Rovers are the visitors on Tuesday evening before a tough trip to Cardiff and a home encounter with fellow playoff rivals Burnley complete the month. Seventeen games and fifty-one points still remain up for grabs which gives the Seagulls ample opportunity to collect the points needed to finish in a play-off berth.
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