Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Southampton, Thu 1 Apr 2010

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Strikers Kazenga LuaLua and Chris Holroyd could feature for Brighton as they go in search of a fourth consecutive League One win when they face Johnstone`s Paint Trophy winners Southampton on Thursday.

The Seagulls comfortably saw off Tranmere 3-0 at the weekend, with LuaLua and Holroyd playing no part due to respective hamstring injuries sustained against Brentford which has ruled them both out for the past two weeks.

Midfielder Diego Arismendi is in line to play some part having finally shaken off the thigh problem that has blighted him since arriving on loan from Stoke, with fellow midfielder Gary Hart also hopeful of featuring after missing the win over Rovers with a stiff back.

Goalkeeper Michael Kuipers and defender Colin Hawkins are out with finger and heel injuries respectively.

Brighton have lost once in the last eight league games and are currently 13th in League One.

Southampton boss Alan Pardew faces a number of selection headaches as his side return to league action.

The Saints boss is boosted by the return of winger Jason Puncheon, striker Lee Barnard and defenders Jon Otsemobor and Dan Seaborne after they were cup-tied for the 4-1 Johnstone`s Paint Trophy final win over Carlisle.

However after such an emphatic display, Pardew could opt to keep faith with last Sunday's side.

That means Ndiaye Papa-Waigo could keep out Barnard when it comes to partnering Rickie Lambert in attack, while David Connolly is also in the frame having come off the bench to play the latter stages against the Cumbrians.

Dan Harding could keep his place at right-back despite the availability of Otsemobor, however Lloyd James may slot in if he shakes off an ankle injury that restricted him to a place on the bench at Wembley.

Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (hamstring) is a doubt while long-term absentees Wayne Thomas (torn calf) and Graeme Murty (ankle) are still sidelined for Saints, who have lost only twice in the league this year and sit 12 points adrift of the play-off places.

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Wayne Thomas
Jon Otsemobor
Kazenga LuaLua
Stoke City
Graeme Murty
Diego Arismendi
League One
Rickie Lambert
Gary Hart
Lloyd James
Chris Holroyd
Colin Hawkins
Carlisle United
David Connolly
Dan Harding
Lee Barnard
Morgan Schneiderlin
Tranmere Rovers
Brighton & Hove Albion
Jason Puncheon

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