Ando looking for Blues to continue winning momentum at the expense of a former Anfield teammate
Paul Anderson is looking to go up against a former teammate tonight- but his only interest is helping Town pick up a second home win of the week.
Blues take on Brighton this evening at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45pm) who are now managed by Ando’s former Liverpool colleague Sami Hyypia.
Whilst the midfielder admits it will be nice to see Sami- should he remember Ando- the main priority is claiming another three points in front of the Blue Army.
“I played at Liverpool when Sami Hyypia was there, but whether he remembers me still I’m not too sure!” Town’s number 11 told the official Club website.
“He’s gone in at Brighton and although they had a little bit of a slow start, they’re starting to click together now and we know it will be another tough game.
“But if we perform like we did against Millwall then I see no reason why we can’t pick up another three points, especially with us being at home.
“They’ve got a good group of players down there but to be honest with you, I tend to look at ourselves more than any other team and I can tell you that all the lads are fully focused on the task in hand and trying to pick up another win.”
Cameron Stewart remains an injury doubt for Blues after limping out of the U21 Development Squad fixture at Charlton yesterday, with the winger set to be assessed by the Town medical team. Darren Ambrose could push for a third Blues debut, after signing a short-term deal last week, although did play 90 minutes for the U21s. Luke Hyam and Tommy Smith will both be looking for a return to the starting line-up after starting the win against Millwall on the bench.
Brighton will be without the services of midfield duo Solly March and Dale Stephens who both miss out through injury. March has a back problem while Stephens hasn’t featured since April with an ankle injury. Aside from the pair, boss Sami Hyypia has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Where they currently stand
Last time we met
Blues left the Amex Stadium with a deserved three points, as Tommy Smith and Daryl Murphy ensured a 2-0 win for Mick McCarthy’s side. The duo both headed home for Town in the second-half as Blues continued their push for a Play-Off place, whilst denting the Seagulls’ aspirations for a top sixth berth. The result mirrored the earlier meeting at Portman Road, where a David McGoldrick brace saw Town take all three points back in September.
Worn both badges
Keith Andrews. Midfielder who spent time on loan at Portman Road in 2011, after being signed by former boss Paul Jewell. Keith spent half a season with Town on loan from Blackburn, before returning to the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion on January deadline day. He left the Baggies at the end of that season to team up with Bolton, before spending last season on loan at the Amex Stadium, helping Brighton to the Play-Offs, before moving back to Bolton. The Republic of Ireland international is currently on loan at Watford.
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Town have won two, drawn two and lost two of their six Sky Bet Championship games this term, and with both of those wins coming at home – including Saturday’s 2-0 success against Millwall – the Blues will be hopeful of picking up three more points at 6/4 in this one. Brighton are 7/4 to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment at Brentford with victory here. The draw’s a 23/10 chance. Brighton’s last three games have ended 3-2, 2-2 and 4-2; over 4.5 goals is a 7/1 chance here, while over 3.5 goals is 3/1 for those who prefer to play a bit safer.
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistants: Matthew Buonassisi & Jake Hillier
Fourth Official: Darren Blunden