Brighton v Carlisle preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's League One clash between Brighton and Carlisle at the Withdean Stadium.

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El-Abd: Suspended for Seagulls

El-Abd: Suspended for Seagulls

Brighton boss Gus Poyet will be without defender Adam El-Abd for the home clash with Carlisle.

The centre-back will begin a two-match ban after accumulating 10 yellow cards this season, so Tommy Elphick will take his place in the starting line-up against the Cumbrians.

Fellow defender Radostin Kishishev is likely to be added to the squad following his return to training after a month out with back and then personal problems.

Midfielder Alan Navarro is also back in training following seven months on the sidelines with ruptured cruciate ligament damage, although he is unlikely to feature in the first team until he has more reserve-team action under his belt.

Long-term absentees Jim McNulty (foot) and Jamie Smith (foot) will miss out again as they continue their rehabilitation.

Carlisle striker Francois Zoko is expected to return to contention at leaders Brighton following illness.

But Zoko, who missed out in midweek, may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench after the Cumbrians' impressive 3-1 win at Charlton, where all three strikers - Ben Marshall, Craig Curran and Rory Loy - got on the scoresheet.

Central defender Lubo Michalik and skipper Paul Thirlwell are not yet ready to return to action following respective hamstring and calf strains, while centre-half Liam Cooper, on loan from Hull, is still sidelined with a broken bone in his hand.

Manager Greg Abbott must decide whether to start with winger Matty Robson at left-back after several solid performances or recall on-loan QPR defender Gary Borrowdale, who has had to settle for a place on the bench in recent matches.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves
15:00
Crewe v Colchester
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley
Oldham v Coventry
Peterboro v Carlisle
Preston v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Port Vale
Stevenage v Bristol C
Swindon v Bradford

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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