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Preview: Brighton U21 v Villa U21

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Preview: Brighton U21 v Villa U21

Our youngsters make the long trip to West Sussex hoping to continue their good form against Brighton.

The Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two clash takes place at Crawley Town, kick-off is 7pm.

The claret and blues are unbeaten in their previous five outings.

They recorded a 2-1 win over Swansea at Walsall's Banks's Stadium a fortnight ago.

Headers from Keinan Davis and Riccardo Calder set the claret and blues on their way before Oliver McBurnie reduced the deficit from the penalty spot after right-back Tom Leggett was controversially dismissed following a second booking.

The absence of Leggett means Villa's coaching contingent may need to have a reshuffle at the back tonight.

Meanwhile, the Seagulls lie bottom of the table two points below 11th-placed Wolves with a game in hand.

They picked up a useful point in their last match - drawing two apiece with high-flying Derby Country at St George's Park.

Jack Harper and Glen Rea put Albion 2-0 in front but a goal from Kwame Thomas and a late penalty from Callum Guy earned the Rams a point.

Villa secured a dramatic 2-1 victory in the reverse at Walsall back in September 2015.

Brighton took the lead after four minutes - Andrew Crofts finding a gap to slot home after the home defence failed to clear their lines.

The claret and blues were deservedly level on the stroke of half-time after Jerell Sellars [pictured] fired home Khalid Abdo's cutback.

The decisive moment arrived in second half stoppage time when left-back Lewis Kinsella made a marauding run down the left and was fouled in the penalty box - Libor Kozak stepped up confidently to fire past goalkeeper Joshua Smith.

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Emily Liles
By @emily_liles 7th March 2016
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