Skuse unsurprised by Town and Brighton's start to the season but wants to ensure the Blues are on top going into the international break
- Top of the table clash at Portman Road
- Town have made unbeaten start to the season
- Skuse ready to go again
Cole Skuse admits he isn’t surprised by Town’s start to the 2015/16 season- or the one by Saturday’s opponents Brighton.
The midfielder has played every minute of the Championship season so far, helping the Blues to an unbeaten start, and he hopes to continue that ahead of the international break.
“It’s all been a bit of a blur these first few weeks because there’s so many games in such a short period and it’s just a conveyor belt, one after the other,” Cole told the official Club website.
“There are pros and cons to the international break coming when we’re on a good run.
“Obviously it will come at a time when we’ve hopefully come off another good performance on Saturday and we’ve kept our run going, but on the flip side we have a relatively small squad and we’ve had a lot of games, so it will be nice for some of the lads to switch off and have a little break.
“It’s not been surprising for us how we’ve started in all competitions but it’s back to league duty for us after a good performance on Tuesday at Doncaster and hopefully we can get another three points.
“It will be a tough game. I noticed as soon as Chris Hughton went in last season they picked up almost straight away.
“He’s been a great manager wherever he’s been and he puts his stamp early on and they’ve done really well at the start of the season.
“They’ve got their own way of playing, they’ve been on TV a couple of times and look a very good side, so it’s just down to us to suss them out, do our homework and try to break them down to get the win.”
Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury worries to contend with ahead of the visit of Brighton. Teddy Bishop (hamstrin) and Luke Hyam (knee) remain out but Kevin Bru is nearing a return following a hamstring injury he sustained in the opening week of the season. Striker Daryl Murphy is also unlikely to feature through injury.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Chris Hughton has the luxury of virtually a fully fit squad to choose from for their trip to Suffolk. Spanish midfielder, Inigo Calderon is the only doubt for the game as he picked up a knock in the 2-1 defeat to Walsall in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Where they stand
Town – 1st
Brighton – 2nd
Last time they met
A double from Joao Teixeira and a goal from Sam Baldock denied Town the chance to go top of the Championship in January of this year. Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears- his first for the Club- scored for the Blues at the AMEX Stadium, but it wasn’t enough and Hughton’s side claimed all three points.
The striker scored one and assisted three in the midweek defeat of Doncaster, and could continue his impressive vein of form on Saturday. He will face stiff competition from Freddie Sears and Brett Pitman for the striking positions, with both of them scoring in recent weeks, although all three started the game at Preston last weekend, giving the gaffer plenty of food for thought.
LuaLua’s goals have already sealed 6 points for Brighton this season, as he hit winners in both 1-0 victories against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn so far this season. The winger causes constant problems for the opposing defences and Town’s full-backs will have to be on red alert on Saturday.
Sky Bet Odds
The bookies make Town slight favourites ahead of this top of the table clash, and are available at 11/10 to win the match, with Brighton at 13/5. With three out of four matches involving Town in the league this season having a minimum of three goals, a generous 6/5 is available for over 2.5 goals.
Referee: Keith Hill
Assistants: Antony Coggins & Michael George
Fourth Official: Adrian Sannerude