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Rochdale manager Keith Hill will be reluctant to make any changes.

Dale have won their last four matches without conceding a goal and climbed to the brink of the play-off places in the process.

Tuesday's 2-0 home win over Charlton underlined Dale's pedigree, and Hill has a full-strength squad to choose from for his 200th Football League game in management.

Hill feels all the pressure will be on Gus Poyet's side, saying: "It's the easiest game of the season for us because nobody is expecting us to win.

"Brighton aren't top of the division for nothing, they are an excellent side brimming with excellent players.

"They were always my favourites to get promoted and Gus has done a fantastic job."

Adam El-Abd and Ashley Barnes are back in contention for Brighton.

Defender El-Abd has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but is back in the squad and will vie with Tommy Elphick for his place at centre-half.

Striker Barnes has been sidelined for three matches with an ankle injury but has resumed training this week and will be handed a late fitness test.

Full-back Jim McNulty is still out after ankle surgery and midfielder Jamie Smith remains on the sidelines with a foot injury.

The Seagulls head into April 13 points clear at the top having won all eight of their matches in March to set a post-war club record.

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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Barnsley v Notts Co
Bristol C v Bradford
Colchester v Chesterfld
Crawley v Walsall
Crewe v Peterboro
Doncaster v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Preston
MK Dons v Fleetwood
Oldham v Coventry
Port Vale v Scunthrpe

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 13 15 31
2 Peterboro 13 9 26
3 Swindon 11 11 22
4 Preston 11 11 22
5 MK Dons 11 11 20
6 Notts Co 12 7 20
7 Sheff Utd 12 1 20
8 Chesterfld 12 4 19
9 Fleetwood 13 3 19
10 Oldham 13 2 19
11 Bradford 13 0 18
12 Rochdale 12 7 17
13 Barnsley 12 -1 15
14 Doncaster 11 -6 14
15 Crawley 13 -11 14
16 Colchester 13 -2 13
17 Coventry 13 -5 13
18 Gillingham 13 -6 13
19 Yeovil 13 -9 13
20 Leyton Or 12 -2 12
21 Walsall 13 -3 12
22 Port Vale 13 -6 12
23 Scunthrpe 13 -11 11
24 Crewe 13 -19 10

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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