Hosts Brighton enter the match 20th in the table and only out of the bottom three on goal difference.
They are on a three-game unbeaten run, though, and last weekend picked up a point in a six-goal game on the road at playoff contenders Norwich City.
With strikers Craig Mackail-Smith and Chris O'Grady both leaving the club on loan, Hyypia appears confident that Bent can come in and do the business up front in what will be his first second-tier appearance for almost 10 years.
He certainly needs to play better than he has of late - he's scored just one goal in his last 18 competitive appearances.
Fulham's bubble under Kit Symons has burst a little of late with just one win in their last four games.
They are back near the drop zone after heartbreak at Brentford last week. The Cottagers had grabbed a 1-0 lead and looked on course for their second straight win until a pair of late goals from Brentford saw them lose to their West London counterparts.
On Saturday, it will be exactly 18 years since the last meeting between the two sides in the League Cup.
Form in Championship: DDLWDD
Form in all competitions: DLLWDD
Possible starting lineup: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Hughes, J.Bennett; Ince, Forster-Caskey; LuaLua, Gardner, Colunga; Bent
Form in Championship: DWDDWL
Form in all competitions: WLDDWL
Possible starting lineup: Bettinelli; Zverotic, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Christensen, Parker, Williams, Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormack
Sports Mole says: 2-2