THE BIG MATCH

The side at the top of the npower Championship's current form guide plays host to the team with the worst recent record as Brighton and Hove Albion take on Ipswich Town.

Five wins from their last six games have seen Gus Poyet's Seagulls move to the top of the Championship table and they have collected more points than any other team in that six-game spell.

Ipswich, in contrast, have not won in that time and sit second from bottom with only six points to their name all season.

Brighton actually go into Tuesday night's game on the back of a defeat - 1-0 at home to Birmingham City on Saturday - and their response is going to be key.

At this stage of last season, the Seagulls were a point better off, but then their form collapsed in a nine-match winless run.

Midfielder Gary Dicker believes that won't reoccur this time around: "I think we are a lot stronger," he told the Argus, "I think the gaffer could play two elevens with the squad now."

"We are a lot more streetwise this year in how we play and how we set up. I can't see it happening like last year, when there were big patches of good and bad. Hopefully we can be a bit more consistent and keep it together."

The Tractor Boys collected a point on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Barnsley but, coming as it did in their last game of September, it was their first point since last month's opening day.

The team would have been happy picking a point up against the Tykes, who had hammered Birmingham City 5-0 in the game before, but now they are focused on the Seagulls.

Attacking midfielder Lee Martin told www.itfc.co.uk: "We know they [Brighton] are a good side and I'd expect them to be up there come the end of the season,.

"But we won't be worrying about them. Sure, they are a strong team but we are well prepared for the game and we are going into it knowing what they are all about.

"So we know what to expect in that regard and we will just be concentrating on our own game. We will be looking to cut out the silly little mistakes that have cost us recently, get back to basics and get a bit of confidence back into the team."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Strong connections between Huddersfield Town and Leicester City make their npower Championship fixture on Tuesday night one with plenty of intrigue - especially as the clubs are only a point apart in the table.

Perhaps the most telling link is in the home side's managerial hot-seat as it is currently filled by Simon Grayson, a popular player and trophy-winner during his time with Leicester.

And the Terriers have also recently loaned in Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford but he won't be able to feature against his parent club.

Newly-promoted Huddersfield have made a good start to life in the Championship and suffered only their second defeat of the season on Saturday in going down 3-2 at home to Watford.

Leicester have the edge over their hosts by a single point so far this season, sitting fifth with Huddersfield a place further back, and Terriers boss Grayson knows the Foxes have quality in their ranks.

"Leicester are one of the favourites for the division - and rightly so when you look at the money they have spent and the squad they've accumulated," Grayson told www.htafc.co.uk.

"Their squad has good Championship and even Premier League experience and when I watched them at Hull the other week they played well."

After winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough on Saturday, Nigel Pearson's men go north again, in search of a fourth successive victory that would cement their place among the division's early pace-setters.

Pearson is aware his side are in for a stern test, though, telling www.lcfc.co.uk: "Huddersfield have been in good form, have had a really good start to the season and it will be a tough game, but I'm sure they will be thinking similar things about us.

"We know they will be an organised side and they're at home so the onus will be on them, but we go there with a bit of confidence after Saturday."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Just last season, both Cardiff City and Birmingham City had their eyes on promotion from the npower Championship - but they meet on Tuesday night with their Premier League dreams still on hold.

The pair reached the 2011/12 Play-Off Semi-Finals only to go out to West Ham United and Blackpool respectively, meaning they have started again for 2012/13 with the same ambition.

Cardiff have made the better start and sit second in the table, behind leaders Brighton and Hove Albion only on goal difference, whereas Birmingham are further down in 14th after an inconsistent opening.

Cardiff are one of three teams locked on 16 points at the top of the table with Brighton leading the way, the Welsh side in second, and Wolverhampton Wanderers in third.

Wolves have made a steady start after relegation from the Premier League and with five wins and a draw from their eight matches, go into the home fixture with Crystal Palace in good heart.

Palace find themselves 10th, boosted by their 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday that left their hosts down in 18th.

But the fixtures have given Bolton another opportunity to collect the points in front of their own fans in the shape of ninth-placed Leeds United with Neil Warnock's men having won at Bristol City on Saturday.

Peterborough United finally collected their first win of the season at the weekend - claiming all three points with a 3-1 victory at Hull City, and now they will look to build on that with another visit to Yorkshire as they meet Barnsley.

Joining Peterborough and Ipswich Town in the bottom three at the moment are Sheffield Wednesday, who continued their momentum at the start of the season after winning promotion but have now lost their last six, a run that includes a Capital One Cup exit. The Owls are on the road to Burnley.

Completing the Tuesday fixtures are Charlton Athletic against Watford and Hull City at home to Watford, while there are two matches on Wednesday - Nottingham Forest at home to Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough hosting Derby County.

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