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Albion fans, what team would you pick tonight? And is a home win essential?

The Argus: Oscar has big decisions - or is his team selection tonight straightforward? Oscar has big decisions - or is his team selection tonight straightforward?

Albion are unbeaten in eight games going into the play-offs.

So does that mean it will be a case of “same again” for Oscar Garcia.

The Seagulls head coach could start with the XI who kicked off at Nottingham Forest in tonight’s semi-final first leg against Derby at the Amex.

Always assuming, of course, Bruno and Dale Stephens remain sidelined with thigh and ankle problems respectively.

Or would you change things – especially bearing in mind how Albion played in the first half at the City Ground.

Do you start with Kazenga LuaLua or Craig Mackail-Smith? Do you change things in midfield?

With Matt Upson troubled by an ankle problem of late, do you play Lewis Dunk tonight and save Upson for the second leg on Sunday?

And, as you pick your XI, what options do envisage being decisive off the bench?

Is it essential Albion win tonight? Or given their away record, would you be happy if the scores were level going to the iPro Stadium?

How would you tackle tonight’s game against the third-placed Rams?

We’d love to know your thoughts.

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11:10am Thu 8 May 14

Major Bloodboil says...

One with Rohan Ince, KLL, CMS, Solly March, Leo Ulloa and WIll Buckley all playing from the start. It won't happen of coure but I'd still like to see it even so. Probably not the best time to experiment to say the least!

It surely can't be as bad as last year's home play off fixture.

Come on you Seagulls - just do it!
One with Rohan Ince, KLL, CMS, Solly March, Leo Ulloa and WIll Buckley all playing from the start. It won't happen of coure but I'd still like to see it even so. Probably not the best time to experiment to say the least! It surely can't be as bad as last year's home play off fixture. Come on you Seagulls - just do it! Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 6

11:15am Thu 8 May 14

wardfan says...

Right here we go, tonight we must win. We are at Home, so this should be used to score our goals, the more the merrier.

Because the way I see it is, if we are say 4-0 up going to Derby on Sunday life is better for all.
Right here we go, tonight we must win. We are at Home, so this should be used to score our goals, the more the merrier. Because the way I see it is, if we are say 4-0 up going to Derby on Sunday life is better for all. wardfan
  • Score: 2

11:22am Thu 8 May 14

Albion fan in London says...

Keep the same side that beat Forest just would give CMS more game time off the bench.

This is our year!
Keep the same side that beat Forest just would give CMS more game time off the bench. This is our year! Albion fan in London
  • Score: 5

11:24am Thu 8 May 14

rockypaul says...

Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....
Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence.... rockypaul
  • Score: 9

11:34am Thu 8 May 14

wardfan says...

Cusack
Bruno Upson Greer Ward

Lomes Stephens Ince orlandi

Lingard Mackle-Smith

Subs, Goalkeeper, Right Back, Left Back,, Midfield, Midfield, Lua Lua Leo ulloa rest him for away game.
Cusack Bruno Upson Greer Ward Lomes Stephens Ince orlandi Lingard Mackle-Smith Subs, Goalkeeper, Right Back, Left Back,, Midfield, Midfield, Lua Lua Leo ulloa rest him for away game. wardfan
  • Score: -12

11:51am Thu 8 May 14

tug509 says...

Kusczcak

Calderon / save Bruno for Sunday should be fit by then.
Greer
Dunk / save Upson for Sunday
Ward

Ince

Buckley
Orlandi
March

Lingard
Ulloa

King Kaz as and when needed ,today is one day where i might not start him . UTA
Kusczcak Calderon / save Bruno for Sunday should be fit by then. Greer Dunk / save Upson for Sunday Ward Ince Buckley Orlandi March Lingard Ulloa King Kaz as and when needed ,today is one day where i might not start him . UTA tug509
  • Score: 7

11:56am Thu 8 May 14

Far gull says...

Ince for Andrews ,lualua from start, obviously no Stephens or Bruno as injured but as for the rest as you see fit and OG , a Leicester type home game please ,up tempo right from the off get crowd behind team as both feed of each other.
To the behind doors management ,no cardboard clappers!!!
(i know Ince unlikely to be in for Andrews but i can dream )
Ince for Andrews ,lualua from start, obviously no Stephens or Bruno as injured but as for the rest as you see fit and OG , a Leicester type home game please ,up tempo right from the off get crowd behind team as both feed of each other. To the behind doors management ,no cardboard clappers!!! (i know Ince unlikely to be in for Andrews but i can dream ) Far gull
  • Score: 1

12:08pm Thu 8 May 14

Claude Back says...

rockypaul wrote:
Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....
Agree.
JFC was poor with misplaced passes and not marking his man.
[quote][p][bold]rockypaul[/bold] wrote: Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....[/p][/quote]Agree. JFC was poor with misplaced passes and not marking his man. Claude Back
  • Score: 5

12:08pm Thu 8 May 14

Claude Back says...

rockypaul wrote:
Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....
Agree.
JFC was poor with misplaced passes and not marking his man.
[quote][p][bold]rockypaul[/bold] wrote: Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....[/p][/quote]Agree. JFC was poor with misplaced passes and not marking his man. Claude Back
  • Score: 4

12:10pm Thu 8 May 14

Tommy11 says...

This is not related to the article, but I hope us the fans use this as ammunition tonight.

Out of interest, I had a look at the Derby Telegraph to see what they were saying about tonight….

I cannot believe how arrogant and cocky their fans are. They think it’s in the bag already –one bloke called us Reading for a start! (or that may have been editor typo) and there are talk of people booking hotels for London already on May 24th. Absolutely ridiculous and totally disrespectful to us. I actually thought they were very poor against us both games, despite them beating us narrowly.

Take a look http://www.derbytele
graph.co.uk/Come-Ram
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nch-clash/story-2107
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It will be fantastic if we can get a good start tonight…! Wipe the smile of their smug faces.
This is not related to the article, but I hope us the fans use this as ammunition tonight. Out of interest, I had a look at the Derby Telegraph to see what they were saying about tonight…. I cannot believe how arrogant and cocky their fans are. They think it’s in the bag already –one bloke called us Reading for a start! (or that may have been editor typo) and there are talk of people booking hotels for London already on May 24th. Absolutely ridiculous and totally disrespectful to us. I actually thought they were very poor against us both games, despite them beating us narrowly. Take a look http://www.derbytele graph.co.uk/Come-Ram s-Fans-set-Derby-cru nch-clash/story-2107 3658-detail/story.ht ml It will be fantastic if we can get a good start tonight…! Wipe the smile of their smug faces. Tommy11
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Thu 8 May 14

Simster says...

Anyone who thinks we MUST have a lead or it's game over is clearly a bit of a clown.

Swindon hadn't given up after losing 1-0 at home in 2004, and we nearly threw it away at home. Palace didn't give up after failing to win at home last year, and we all know what happened there.

Both matches will be close I suspect, a goal in it (at most) in both matches. Let's just hope it works out for us!
Anyone who thinks we MUST have a lead or it's game over is clearly a bit of a clown. Swindon hadn't given up after losing 1-0 at home in 2004, and we nearly threw it away at home. Palace didn't give up after failing to win at home last year, and we all know what happened there. Both matches will be close I suspect, a goal in it (at most) in both matches. Let's just hope it works out for us! Simster
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Thu 8 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

I would like to see the same team as we sent out against Forest with one change, Lingard to the bench and CMS to start. Lingard and CMS on there day can both score, we know that, but that pin point delivery by CMS that saw Ulloa score the goal to get us where we are today was no fluke, skill, composure and experience put that ball on Ulloa's head, I am not sure that Lingard would have got it so perfectly right.
I would like to see the same team as we sent out against Forest with one change, Lingard to the bench and CMS to start. Lingard and CMS on there day can both score, we know that, but that pin point delivery by CMS that saw Ulloa score the goal to get us where we are today was no fluke, skill, composure and experience put that ball on Ulloa's head, I am not sure that Lingard would have got it so perfectly right. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Thu 8 May 14

pte says...

Selection depends on injuries but I think we'll play it tight as will Derby. We can't afford to lose and a 0-0 will be fine. That leaves Derby having to win at their place which suits us
Selection depends on injuries but I think we'll play it tight as will Derby. We can't afford to lose and a 0-0 will be fine. That leaves Derby having to win at their place which suits us pte
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Thu 8 May 14

tug509 says...

Tommy11 wrote:
This is not related to the article, but I hope us the fans use this as ammunition tonight.

Out of interest, I had a look at the Derby Telegraph to see what they were saying about tonight….

I cannot believe how arrogant and cocky their fans are. They think it’s in the bag already –one bloke called us Reading for a start! (or that may have been editor typo) and there are talk of people booking hotels for London already on May 24th. Absolutely ridiculous and totally disrespectful to us. I actually thought they were very poor against us both games, despite them beating us narrowly.

Take a look http://www.derbytele

graph.co.uk/Come-Ram

s-Fans-set-Derby-cru

nch-clash/story-2107

3658-detail/story.ht

ml

It will be fantastic if we can get a good start tonight…! Wipe the smile of their smug faces.
Hi Tommy ,i would`nt take any notice of a hack trying to stick the proverbial boot in ,i have been reading the Derby sites since Saturday ,99% of their lads are the same as 99% of ours ,good lads and lasses that love their club ,tension will be higher than normal ,after all it`s not a normal game ,but a healthy respect between both sets of supporters is good for the contest ,and football in general of course ,but if they are that ill informed about us ,i hope they are just as uninformed about our lads ,you know the ones they havn`t played against ,due to injury !. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: This is not related to the article, but I hope us the fans use this as ammunition tonight. Out of interest, I had a look at the Derby Telegraph to see what they were saying about tonight…. I cannot believe how arrogant and cocky their fans are. They think it’s in the bag already –one bloke called us Reading for a start! (or that may have been editor typo) and there are talk of people booking hotels for London already on May 24th. Absolutely ridiculous and totally disrespectful to us. I actually thought they were very poor against us both games, despite them beating us narrowly. Take a look http://www.derbytele graph.co.uk/Come-Ram s-Fans-set-Derby-cru nch-clash/story-2107 3658-detail/story.ht ml It will be fantastic if we can get a good start tonight…! Wipe the smile of their smug faces.[/p][/quote]Hi Tommy ,i would`nt take any notice of a hack trying to stick the proverbial boot in ,i have been reading the Derby sites since Saturday ,99% of their lads are the same as 99% of ours ,good lads and lasses that love their club ,tension will be higher than normal ,after all it`s not a normal game ,but a healthy respect between both sets of supporters is good for the contest ,and football in general of course ,but if they are that ill informed about us ,i hope they are just as uninformed about our lads ,you know the ones they havn`t played against ,due to injury !. UTA tug509
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Thu 8 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Hi Tug.
I'm thinking that you don't have a bet running on Derby to win tonight -:)) unlike so many of your bets during the season :-))

I think we do need a win tonight, even if we are capable of playing well away from home meaning that a 0-0 would not be a disaster. A win for the fans at home and something for the travelling fans to shout about in the return leg. I am sure that the lads and Oscar want nothing less than Derby feeling the pressure at their own ground.
Hi Tug. I'm thinking that you don't have a bet running on Derby to win tonight -:)) unlike so many of your bets during the season :-)) I think we do need a win tonight, even if we are capable of playing well away from home meaning that a 0-0 would not be a disaster. A win for the fans at home and something for the travelling fans to shout about in the return leg. I am sure that the lads and Oscar want nothing less than Derby feeling the pressure at their own ground. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Thu 8 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Tommy11 wrote:
This is not related to the article, but I hope us the fans use this as ammunition tonight.

Out of interest, I had a look at the Derby Telegraph to see what they were saying about tonight….

I cannot believe how arrogant and cocky their fans are. They think it’s in the bag already –one bloke called us Reading for a start! (or that may have been editor typo) and there are talk of people booking hotels for London already on May 24th. Absolutely ridiculous and totally disrespectful to us. I actually thought they were very poor against us both games, despite them beating us narrowly.

Take a look http://www.derbytele

graph.co.uk/Come-Ram

s-Fans-set-Derby-cru

nch-clash/story-2107

3658-detail/story.ht

ml

It will be fantastic if we can get a good start tonight…! Wipe the smile of their smug faces.
“I’m feeling confident that Derby can get a result tonight, after all we’re the form team in the play-offs and Reading only sneaked in through the back door with an injury time winner at Forest on Saturday."

Hmm... does he know where he's going?
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: This is not related to the article, but I hope us the fans use this as ammunition tonight. Out of interest, I had a look at the Derby Telegraph to see what they were saying about tonight…. I cannot believe how arrogant and cocky their fans are. They think it’s in the bag already –one bloke called us Reading for a start! (or that may have been editor typo) and there are talk of people booking hotels for London already on May 24th. Absolutely ridiculous and totally disrespectful to us. I actually thought they were very poor against us both games, despite them beating us narrowly. Take a look http://www.derbytele graph.co.uk/Come-Ram s-Fans-set-Derby-cru nch-clash/story-2107 3658-detail/story.ht ml It will be fantastic if we can get a good start tonight…! Wipe the smile of their smug faces.[/p][/quote]“I’m feeling confident that Derby can get a result tonight, after all we’re the form team in the play-offs and Reading only sneaked in through the back door with an injury time winner at Forest on Saturday." Hmm... does he know where he's going? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Thu 8 May 14

tug509 says...

Hey Vegas ,all those Derby bets were intentional ,i knew today would come and wanted to wear their luck out ,and if you believe that you`ll believe anything :0)
Tough game tonight but ,Arnie made me laugh ,do you think they will all turn up at the Madjeski ? .
Lets face it the most relaxed side is more likely to take the chances ,and i think Oscar will get that across to the lads ,but we need to make ourselves heard ,no bloody clapper thingy`s . UTA
Hey Vegas ,all those Derby bets were intentional ,i knew today would come and wanted to wear their luck out ,and if you believe that you`ll believe anything :0) Tough game tonight but ,Arnie made me laugh ,do you think they will all turn up at the Madjeski ? . Lets face it the most relaxed side is more likely to take the chances ,and i think Oscar will get that across to the lads ,but we need to make ourselves heard ,no bloody clapper thingy`s . UTA tug509
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Thu 8 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
Hey Vegas ,all those Derby bets were intentional ,i knew today would come and wanted to wear their luck out ,and if you believe that you`ll believe anything :0)
Tough game tonight but ,Arnie made me laugh ,do you think they will all turn up at the Madjeski ? .
Lets face it the most relaxed side is more likely to take the chances ,and i think Oscar will get that across to the lads ,but we need to make ourselves heard ,no bloody clapper thingy`s . UTA
nice one Tug.
Yep composure will be the key tonight, Oscar has to get the lads relaxed but ready for the fight. The one thing I am hoping for is that our first clear chance to score falls to one of our experienced players, I don't want one of the young lads missing a chance and carrying fears thru the match.
Ulloa missed an easy chance at Forest but didn't let it get to him, and he was johnny on the spot ready to put away the chance CMS set up for him. I wouud start CMS tonight and bench Lingard.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Hey Vegas ,all those Derby bets were intentional ,i knew today would come and wanted to wear their luck out ,and if you believe that you`ll believe anything :0) Tough game tonight but ,Arnie made me laugh ,do you think they will all turn up at the Madjeski ? . Lets face it the most relaxed side is more likely to take the chances ,and i think Oscar will get that across to the lads ,but we need to make ourselves heard ,no bloody clapper thingy`s . UTA[/p][/quote]nice one Tug. Yep composure will be the key tonight, Oscar has to get the lads relaxed but ready for the fight. The one thing I am hoping for is that our first clear chance to score falls to one of our experienced players, I don't want one of the young lads missing a chance and carrying fears thru the match. Ulloa missed an easy chance at Forest but didn't let it get to him, and he was johnny on the spot ready to put away the chance CMS set up for him. I wouud start CMS tonight and bench Lingard. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

2:27pm Thu 8 May 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Be nice to have a lead or a clean sheet for the next game but neither are guarantees to our success..Lets play honest open football, rouse the crowd and romp home to glory and if we loose OK but we'll look bloody good doing so. I'm usually advocating Kaz playing a full game but this time I reckon we should have him and CMS on as subs around the 60min mark for some 'Joker' action. Come on you Seagulls!!!!!!
Be nice to have a lead or a clean sheet for the next game but neither are guarantees to our success..Lets play honest open football, rouse the crowd and romp home to glory and if we loose OK but we'll look bloody good doing so. I'm usually advocating Kaz playing a full game but this time I reckon we should have him and CMS on as subs around the 60min mark for some 'Joker' action. Come on you Seagulls!!!!!! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Thu 8 May 14

Free money says...

tug509 wrote:
Kusczcak

Calderon / save Bruno for Sunday should be fit by then.
Greer
Dunk / save Upson for Sunday
Ward

Ince

Buckley
Orlandi
March

Lingard
Ulloa

King Kaz as and when needed ,today is one day where i might not start him . UTA
Dunk lol haha what a mug.So you now know better than OG and his staff ???? lol. Did Poyet come back and sign it????
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Kusczcak Calderon / save Bruno for Sunday should be fit by then. Greer Dunk / save Upson for Sunday Ward Ince Buckley Orlandi March Lingard Ulloa King Kaz as and when needed ,today is one day where i might not start him . UTA[/p][/quote]Dunk lol haha what a mug.So you now know better than OG and his staff ???? lol. Did Poyet come back and sign it???? Free money
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Thu 8 May 14

Free money says...

Claude Back wrote:
rockypaul wrote:
Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....
Agree.
JFC was poor with misplaced passes and not marking his man.
Outstanding post from a real fan that really goes to games.
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockypaul[/bold] wrote: Same team as against Forest except I would have Ince in for JFC as he seems to be better at defending and more of a physical presence....[/p][/quote]Agree. JFC was poor with misplaced passes and not marking his man.[/p][/quote]Outstanding post from a real fan that really goes to games. Free money
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Thu 8 May 14

Free money says...

Right making my way to Brighton station very soon.Lets make some noise and get the place rocking.Enjoy all real fans that really go to games.Full English i feel first to start.Seagulls seagulls
Right making my way to Brighton station very soon.Lets make some noise and get the place rocking.Enjoy all real fans that really go to games.Full English i feel first to start.Seagulls seagulls Free money
  • Score: -3

4:24pm Thu 8 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

I think the team will be the same as that which started Saturday's match against Forest. Loads of options off the bench, give it a right proper go and surprise Derby with our ability, which their fans seem to reckon is the most boring in the league.

I've got the beers in, the internet is working *touch wood* and I'm going to enjoy myself even if it kills me.
I think the team will be the same as that which started Saturday's match against Forest. Loads of options off the bench, give it a right proper go and surprise Derby with our ability, which their fans seem to reckon is the most boring in the league. I've got the beers in, the internet is working *touch wood* and I'm going to enjoy myself even if it kills me. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: -1

4:24pm Thu 8 May 14

Free money says...

Free money wrote:
Right making my way to Brighton station very soon.Lets make some noise and get the place rocking.Enjoy all real fans that really go to games.Full English i feel first to start.Seagulls seagulls
Now how does this get a thumbs down i ask lol haha.Try really going to games you sad little people.
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: Right making my way to Brighton station very soon.Lets make some noise and get the place rocking.Enjoy all real fans that really go to games.Full English i feel first to start.Seagulls seagulls[/p][/quote]Now how does this get a thumbs down i ask lol haha.Try really going to games you sad little people. Free money
  • Score: -2

4:26pm Thu 8 May 14

Free money says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
I think the team will be the same as that which started Saturday's match against Forest. Loads of options off the bench, give it a right proper go and surprise Derby with our ability, which their fans seem to reckon is the most boring in the league.

I've got the beers in, the internet is working *touch wood* and I'm going to enjoy myself even if it kills me.
We can all live in hope lol.Only joking Ex-pat you enjoy my son.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: I think the team will be the same as that which started Saturday's match against Forest. Loads of options off the bench, give it a right proper go and surprise Derby with our ability, which their fans seem to reckon is the most boring in the league. I've got the beers in, the internet is working *touch wood* and I'm going to enjoy myself even if it kills me.[/p][/quote]We can all live in hope lol.Only joking Ex-pat you enjoy my son. Free money
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Thu 8 May 14

Perseus says...

Kuszczak
Bruno Dunk Greer Ward
Buckley Stephens Ince Forster-Caskey
Lualua
Ulloa
Kuszczak Bruno Dunk Greer Ward Buckley Stephens Ince Forster-Caskey Lualua Ulloa Perseus
  • Score: -2

4:56pm Thu 8 May 14

OldGull says...

Perseus wrote:
Kuszczak
Bruno Dunk Greer Ward
Buckley Stephens Ince Forster-Caskey
Lualua
Ulloa
bruno & stephens both injured
[quote][p][bold]Perseus[/bold] wrote: Kuszczak Bruno Dunk Greer Ward Buckley Stephens Ince Forster-Caskey Lualua Ulloa[/p][/quote]bruno & stephens both injured OldGull
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Thu 8 May 14

ringtone says...

Free money wrote:
Free money wrote:
Right making my way to Brighton station very soon.Lets make some noise and get the place rocking.Enjoy all real fans that really go to games.Full English i feel first to start.Seagulls seagulls
Now how does this get a thumbs down i ask lol haha.Try really going to games you sad little people.
cos they aint going to the game mate.

look forward to your observations after the match
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: Right making my way to Brighton station very soon.Lets make some noise and get the place rocking.Enjoy all real fans that really go to games.Full English i feel first to start.Seagulls seagulls[/p][/quote]Now how does this get a thumbs down i ask lol haha.Try really going to games you sad little people.[/p][/quote]cos they aint going to the game mate. look forward to your observations after the match ringtone
  • Score: 0

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