Leeds United come into Saturday’s clash with Brighton without a win in 3 and without a win in 10 home league games. Conversely, Brighton are unbeaten in 10 this season and are the only unbeaten side left in the top 4 divisions of English football.

Uwe Rosler has reiterated that promotion is not the aim this season, rather a top 10 finish would be deemed a successful finish, as the unbeaten start that lasted 6 games (1 win, 5 draws) has turned into 1 win in 4, and 2 in 10. Rosler faces a selection headache after several poor performances, with Mirco Antenucci one that is pushing for a start. Botaka and Adeyemi are also knocking on the door to the first team, with Botaka scoring for D.R Congo during the international break. Botaka faces competition from Will Buckley, who could start against his former club after joining on loan from Sunderland and starting the loss to Birmingham.

Tomer Hemed is in good form for the Seagulls, scoring 3 goals in their last 4 away games, while Kazenga Lua Lua could return to the bench after a month long injury lay-off. Jamie Murphy is set to miss the game with a suspension while veteran striker Bobby Zamora is set to appear again. Chris Wood is central to Leeds’ game, he’s been involved in 5 goals in his last 7 appearances (4 goals, 1 assist) and he could be partnered up front by Mirco Antenucci. The Whites will be without back-up keeper Ross Turnbull after he sustained a broken ankle during training, and Charlie Horton is set to deputise after his return from international duty with USA U23’s.

Leeds lost both fixtures 2-0 last season to a Brighton side that finished disappointing low in the table, but Chris Hughton’s men have gone ten games unbeaten )6 wins, 4 draws) and lie top of the table, making them a different proposition. The two sides have clashed several times in the past 10 years, including during United’s 3 year stint in League One and in the past few years in the Championship since former Whites assistant Gus Poyet delivered promotion to the AMEX stadium.

Notable clashes:

Brighton 3-3 Leeds United – Simon Grayson’s men came to Brighton looking to stop them from returning to the top of the table live on Sky Sports back in September 2011. Andy Keogh netted his first goal on loan at Leeds to give them an early lead, before Ross McCormack doubled the advantage at half time. Brighton began the comeback when Craig Mackail-Smith scored before Ashley Barnes scored from the penalty spot. Brighton thought they’d won it late on when Mackail-Smith bagged his second, only for Ross McCormack to score a dramatic injury time equaliser to share the spoils.

Leeds 2-1 Brighton – A sold out Elland Road crowd welcomed the Whites on the first day of the season back in 2013 under Brian McDermott, buoyed by the news of Ken Bates eventual Leeds United departure. Brighton took an early lead through Leonardo Ulloa before Ross McCormack levelled. New signing Luke Murphy scored an injury time winner to cap a fantastic day for him and for Leeds.

Leeds 3-1 Brighton – Back in 2008 the two sides clashed in League One, with Luciano Becchio opening the scoring and Jermaine Beckford scoring a brace. Glenn Murray scored the consolation goal for Brighton, while the day is fondly remembered for the image of Robbie Savage falling on his back as Fabian Delph skips away from him with the ball.

Key Men:

Leeds – Jordan Botaka. The Congo international has the ability to create chances out of nothing, and has impressed in his short game time so far. With Leeds struggling to create chances or score goals (just 4 players have scored for Leeds this year, a joint League low), he could be a key figure. With stiff competition for wide positions in Stuart Dallas, Will Buckley and Sam Byram, he represents a different option with his skill and pace being a threat to the opposition defence.

Brighton – Tomer Hemed. The Israeli international has been in lethal form this season, hitting 5 in 7 appearances, while he netted Israel’s consolation goal in their 3-1 loss to Belgium during the international break. He joined Brighton after several years in La Liga with Mallorca and Almeira and is a sizeable presence up front. He is likely to partnered by the experienced Bobby Zamora.