Your vote - is this the biggest league game yet at the Amex?

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First published in Sport

It’s not exactly a six-pointer! But is tonight’s game between Albion and Yeovil the biggest regular season league fixture to yet be staged at the Amex?

The Seagulls kick off knowing a win takes them into a play-off place – and could keep them there until the final afternoon of the season.

That makes it big in its own right. But there is the added ingredient that Yeovil will be relegated if they do not win.

There are not too many scenarios like that from the three-season history of the stadium.

We’ve chosen four league fixtures in Falmer which might have been bigger.

The historic opening fixture against Doncaster in August 2011 is one, just because it was so eagerly awaited and a match Albion so badly wanted to win.

We were tempted to add the season-turning derby against Southampton or the six-pointer with Middlesbrough from later in the 2011-12 campaign.

But instead we go for the post-Easter game at home to Reading.

The Royals were on the charge and Albion had slipped out of the top six after defeat at Burnley.

They went into the game one place and two points off the play-offs while Reading were second, three points off leaders Southampton with a game in hand.

Last term’s mid-season clash with Hull City was – like tonight’s game - selected for live TV honours and it was a wise choice.

Hull were third and the Seagulls were five points outside the play-offs. And both were looking upwards.

Gus Poyet felt the match towards the end of that campaign with Leicester was probably the biggest for the Seagulls in years and possibly their biggest since the 1991 play-offs as sixth hosted seventh.

Now we have something a bit different. But arguably more decisive than any of the others given that success or failure in reaching the play-offs is going to come down to narrower margins than it did in the last two seasons.

So biggest regular season league game yet at the Amex? You decide!

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10:37am Fri 25 Apr 14

AburridoEnTrabajo says...

The Blackpool game on Monday was bigger, because winning that would have kept it in our hands. We won't know if the Yeovil game counts for anything until the end of the season - which rather takes the gloss off it.
The Blackpool game on Monday was bigger, because winning that would have kept it in our hands. We won't know if the Yeovil game counts for anything until the end of the season - which rather takes the gloss off it. AburridoEnTrabajo
  • Score: 15

10:59am Fri 25 Apr 14

claud59music says...

Eight days ago tonight's game had real significance. Two games on and another 4 points dropped it is hard to raise much enthusiasm as we once again rely on other clubs' slipping up to keep our hopes alive. When the going gets tough, the cliche says and it has become apparent over the past 12 games that the Albion lack enough tough guys in their squad to keep their ply off hopes alive.
Eight days ago tonight's game had real significance. Two games on and another 4 points dropped it is hard to raise much enthusiasm as we once again rely on other clubs' slipping up to keep our hopes alive. When the going gets tough, the cliche says and it has become apparent over the past 12 games that the Albion lack enough tough guys in their squad to keep their ply off hopes alive. claud59music
  • Score: 6

11:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

Let's hope some of us don't fall asleep tonight!
The entertainment needs to be a lot better considering we are already paying premiership prices,
I can't wait for the summer to unfold, I don't think we will make the play offs, and if we do, can we beat derby and then either Wigan or Qpr ?
Been a great drama of 8 months , but come August we need more from OG in terms of attacking football !
Let's hope some of us don't fall asleep tonight! The entertainment needs to be a lot better considering we are already paying premiership prices, I can't wait for the summer to unfold, I don't think we will make the play offs, and if we do, can we beat derby and then either Wigan or Qpr ? Been a great drama of 8 months , but come August we need more from OG in terms of attacking football ! mark by the sea
  • Score: 10

11:48am Fri 25 Apr 14

pte says...

I wouldn't be too surprised if it ends 0-0 and then beating Forest in what for them would be a meaningless game.
70 points might be enough
I wouldn't be too surprised if it ends 0-0 and then beating Forest in what for them would be a meaningless game. 70 points might be enough pte
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Max Ripple says...

No bigger game than Palarse in the play offs last year. Look what happened there. Still, we'll know for sure by 10pm tonight.
No bigger game than Palarse in the play offs last year. Look what happened there. Still, we'll know for sure by 10pm tonight. Max Ripple
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Fri 25 Apr 14

gilbertthecat says...

No. Biggest game was the last one that GP had any involvement in last year. This doesn't scratch the surface so a bit of a silly question really!
No. Biggest game was the last one that GP had any involvement in last year. This doesn't scratch the surface so a bit of a silly question really! gilbertthecat
  • Score: 9

1:31pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Eastbourner says...

Not really important after only drawing with Blackpool, its all out of our hands now so pray that everyone else slips up, need 3 points tonight v Yeovil 'just in case'
Not really important after only drawing with Blackpool, its all out of our hands now so pray that everyone else slips up, need 3 points tonight v Yeovil 'just in case' Eastbourner
  • Score: 2

1:51pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Neville says...

No the biggest game so far with the biggest implications was the last one against Blackpool when everything was in our own hands,unfortunately with an inept performance we blew that.
No the biggest game so far with the biggest implications was the last one against Blackpool when everything was in our own hands,unfortunately with an inept performance we blew that. Neville
  • Score: 8

2:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

Not a big game at all. In fact it could be utterly meaningless.
The biggest game so far this season was last Monday against Backpool and we forgot to turn up.
Had we won last Monday, then this might have been, but sadly it is no longer important as it is unlikely to determine our future.
Only Reading can determine that now.
Not a big game at all. In fact it could be utterly meaningless. The biggest game so far this season was last Monday against Backpool and we forgot to turn up. Had we won last Monday, then this might have been, but sadly it is no longer important as it is unlikely to determine our future. Only Reading can determine that now. fratsomrover
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

gordongull says...

Yes tonight's game is definitely the biggest.
Winning the Blackpool game would have guaranteed nothing.
Reading are quite capable of dropping two points from their remaining games, and we are capable of taking advantage.
We have more points than the other 5 teams which have a realistic chance of dislodging Reading, so that is still in our own hands if Reading slip up.
Yes tonight's game is definitely the biggest. Winning the Blackpool game would have guaranteed nothing. Reading are quite capable of dropping two points from their remaining games, and we are capable of taking advantage. We have more points than the other 5 teams which have a realistic chance of dislodging Reading, so that is still in our own hands if Reading slip up. gordongull
  • Score: 0

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