Brighton & Hove Albion Could Be First Club Promoted On Friday


Brighton had a hard-fought win at QPR on Friday night and with Newcastle’s below-par showing at Sheffield Wednesday and our 9th defeat this term, we are now two points behind the south coast club in the league.

While automatic promotion was always the number one goal for the season, it will still be good to go up as the Champions, but that could still be a toss-up between Newcastle and Brighton.

Brighton have the same number of wins as us and two less defeats with two more draws.

Chris Hughton – has done a fabulous job at Brighton
Deserves great credit

Of course we all know Chris Hughton is an excellent manager and there’s no doubt Chris will want to win the Championship for a second time, having won it with us seven years ago.

Chris was simply brilliant in our last promotion season.

Here’s the standings at the top of the Championship at the moment.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

In fact, if Brighton can beat Wolves on Friday and Huddersfield lose at home to Preston North End then Brighton will be promoted.

Huddersfield would remain on 74 points with five games to play and can get a total of 89 points.

Brighton will be on 89 points and have a much superior goal difference, so they would be promoted.

We could always say winning the Championship didn’t really matter as long as we got promoted – but we’d also be lying.

🙂

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32 comments so far

  • one fine day

    Apr 10, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Couldn’t give a toss about the gluing rats .
    Other than Houghton we have no connection other than a few embarrassments in the cup and even Trelford mills .
    Sick to death of the Bbc making them the darlings of the league whilst ,along with sky ,they pray every week for us to slip up.
    Really hope we take the league but if not ..not the end of the world as long as we go up too.
    They too me are the luckiest side in the league ,seem to get a dodgy penalty every second game whist ever ref in this god forsaken league wants to nobble us .
    We turned them over both home and away let’s not forget than

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  • one fine day

    Apr 10, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Flying rats grrrr auto spell strikes again

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 10, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Said at the beginning of the season Brighton were our rival for the title great team at this level good manager and good set up (better than ours) so no shame in fighting with them. Pretty happy to be heading up with them be annoying not to win the title though p

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 10, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4

    As an early prediction for next season Brighton to come straight back down again.

    Reading and Leeds could in theory catch us but we’d have to lose four of our last five games and only draw the other.

    Beating Leeds puts them out of the race.

    I don’t see Huddersfield getting past 80 points.

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  • clinath@ed

    Apr 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    re: the press having a go. Switched TalkSh!te on yesterday to listen to the Sunderland game and their commentator said how how poor a season they were having…..and with NEWCASTLE STRUGGLING too!!!
    I nearly crashed the fkcn car…ignoramuses!

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  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    clinath@ed @5 – That’s shocking I’d like to think they meant Middlesbrough but they probably didn’t – one defeat and we’re struggling – obviously posters onthis blog 😀

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Well all this talk how brighton might win the league etc. I think we all know which team that gets promoted is most likely to stay up and has the brightest future, thats us.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #8

    With the potential need for 2 wingers next season (gouffran and atsu leaving) why not buy 1 first team premier league quality one, and perhaps give victor fernandez a chance? He sounds like a tricky winger, a decent prospect?

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Clinath
    This morning on talksport they were saying was this the worst Sunderland team ever and how poor Middlesbrough are but saying Newcastle were the exception.
    To be fair they were grasping for a story as there was a Derby team who got only 11 points sometime in the past.
    Also a debate on whether golf and tennis were actually sports!!!
    Anything to get a reaction but it was interesting that one pundit actually said this wasn’t even the worst Sunderland team! Haha

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #10

    James
    Wouldnt be so sure about dismissing Brighton very forward thinking club with a rich backer , so a well run club with money in spitting distance of London and a fantastic training/youth set up

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Brighton are a very well run club, sensible manager and potential. More importantly they play some decent stuff and shouldn’t be above us as we have so many more options than them.

    Good luck to Chris Hougton though

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  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    clinath@ed

    TalkSport’s part of Murdoch’s empire and as such, we should know better than to expect unbiased and objective reporting of any news or opinion. It’s sole function, like the rest of Murdoch’s media organs, is to condition opinion whether political or social and does so overtly or in a dangerously subtle way. I steer well clear of anything Murdoch.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Moonraker

    From a couple of threads back, I think most of this squad is championship class, the likes of dummett, laschelles, darlow, colback etc.

    As for Diame, rafa bought him and dummetts replacement Lazaar can’t even get a game. Doesn’t say much for the signings he made if you are blasting them yet praising his management for getting us up with this squad!!

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  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon
    And more to the point, Hughton seems to have the knack of firing his players up and filling them with self-confidence – the will to win.

    Let’s hope that our boys’ve cleared their heads of whatever prompted their seeming indifference on Saturday.

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  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #15

    WWSBRD @10 – You’re right about Brighton – in fact they are the type of club who could attract the likes of Defoe – in the Premiership, could his afford his wages and like you say close to London.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh

    Our lads have been blowing hot and cold for a while now, more cold than hot. We were told that rotation would keep them fresh and prevent the injuries, seems to have had the opposite effect which is bizarre

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    @ to be fair, Rafa never promised promotion, the press assumed it, and there hasn’t really been that much rotation in the team either. Far less than I would have expected from Rafa myself. I simply feel he looks at the players he has at his disposal and puts out the best 11 he can, baring injuries, or obvious fatigue.

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘@OT’ that should read, response to your comment 16 mate.

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Grrr, bloody smart phones, I will try the first line of comment 17 again “@OT to be fair Rafa never promised ROTATION…” Sorry for the Fat Fingers / Small Screen debacle.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #20

    WWS

    oh no im not dismissing them, they do have potential and are a very well run club, but i do think we have a lot of potential, more than a fair few clubs already in the prem if we continue to let rafa lead this club.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Fernandez goal to put us in the league for the development squad.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    3-1 win v fulham

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 10, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #23

    G@17 & 19

    To be fair I thought you had a sudden attack of the ‘Peter Beardsley’s’

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Bit random but Anyone know who the guy from talksport was that had like a book where he’d hand write match previews and draw and colour in the kits etc write random facts about the players and draw the lineups

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  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Spotlight Kid – ‘Obviously’ 😀

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 10, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Martoon, when driving along the M6 (as I recall) one gloomy wet evening listening to a match on 5 Live I decided to count just how many TBFs PB (match summariser) could cram into a game (simply in order to to stay vaguely awake and tick off the miles as it was a long hike). In the first half alone he definitely reached double figures in spite of poor reception in places, unfortunately at half time the producer ‘obviously’ imposed a quota and it dropped off to one.

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  • Ravensd

    Apr 10, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyone know why Brighton are always playing on fridays? Seems like its always us playing second, adding pressure if they win

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  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Spotlight Kid – To be fair he says ‘obviously’ quite a lot – I think it’s fair to say he did his talking with his feet – one of my all time favourites.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 10, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Brighton deserve to be champions in my opinion.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 10, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Martoon, even from his days at Carlisle he was something special. If only we could produce a consistent high performing team at the same time as finding and then getting the best out of the natural talent in the area! Now if you could just solve that one you’d be on a gold mine..

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  • yorkymag

    Apr 10, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Welsh
    Now there is a surprise

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Our toon
    Rafa also bought Gayle, Murphy, Atsu, Clarke, Hanley, Yedlin! All playing!

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