Preview: Derby County vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

Preview: Derby vs. Brighton
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Sports Mole previews the Championship encounter between Derby County and Bright & Hove Albion at Pride Park on Saturday.

Third-placed Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Pride Park on Saturday looking to keep up with the Championship's early pace setters.

The Rams will still be without Jamie Ward, who is suffering with a pulled hamstring.

Nigel Clough could start with Connor Sammon alongside Theo Robinson, as both men scored in the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

Gus Poyet welcomes Bruno back into the fold, but Andrew Crofts, Craig Mackail-Smith (hamstring) and Vicente (knee) will watch from the sidelines.

Derby have not beaten the Seagulls at home since winning 3-0 in November 2004.

Current form:

Derby: WLWLW
Brighton: WWWLD

Possible lineups:

Derby: Fielding; Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts; Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes; Robinson, Sammon

Brighton: Kuszczak; Saltor, Greer, Hammond, El-Abd; Barnes, Orlandi, LuaLua, Bridcutt; Bridge, Buckley

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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