Brighton & Hove Albion vs Brentford preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
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Brighton & Hove Albion host Brentford in a Boxing Day clash at the American Express Community Stadium.

Once as high as third in the Premier League table, the Seagulls ​​​​​​​​​​​​have failed to win any of their last 12 matches with eight draws in that span.

The Bees haven't played a league match since defeating Watford 16 days ago. They venture to the South Coast level on points with their hosts.

Team news

Brighton & Hove Albion

Danny Welbeck looks set to return following a three-month spell on the sidelines due to injury.

Pascal Gross and Neal Maupay are expected to be available, but captain Lewis Dunk is out until the middle of January.

Adam Webster has returned to training and could be in contention to feature while Shane Duffy is back following a one-match ban.

Yves Bissouma picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Wolves and is suspended for this clash.


Star man Ivan Toney returned to the Bees lineup as a second-half substitute in the Carabao Cupdefeat to Chelsea and is expected to be in the starting lineup here.

Mathias Jorgensen, Kristoffer Ajer, David Raya and Josh Dasilva all remain sidelined through injury, but manager Thomas Frank should have the same squad as he did on Wednesday.​​​

Predicted line-ups

Brighton & Hove AlbionSanchez; Cucurella, Burn, Duffy, Lamptey; Moder, Mwepu, Lallana; Trossard, Maupay, March

Brentford: Fernandez; Sorensen, Jansson, Pinnock; Henry, Janelt, Norgaard, Onyeka, Canos; Toney, Mbuemo

Ones to watch

Neal Maupay (Brighton & Hove Albion)

He's the South Coast outfit's leading scorer with six goals on the season for a team that's scored the third-fewest goals in the division.

The Frenchman has come up with some important strikes this season and will no doubt be hunting for more goals against the side he made 85 appearances for.

Ivan Toney (Brentford)

His return to the Bees starting lineup is a welcome site for the club as his presence alone makes the club more dangerous and his partnership with Bryan Mbuemo is one of the most underrated in the top flight.

Previous meetings 

In September, Brighton emerged from the Brentford Community Stadium with a 1-0 victory.

Brentford wasted first-hand chances by Bryan Mbeumo, who failed to hit the target with any of his three attempts and Toney, heading over and narrowly missing from 45 yards out.

Welbeck could have put the Seagulls into the lead, but shot tamely at Raya, with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Shandon Baptiste wasted a chance for the hosts and all of their missed opportunities were telling when Leandro Trossard collected the ball from Alexis Mac Allister and fired home a 90th-minute winner.

How to watch

The match will be televised live by Sky Sports Premier League with coverage beginning at 7:45pm. Kick-off is set for 8pm.