Chris Hughton discusses Steve Evans' tactical approach, praises Bridcutt and Diagouraga

Chris Hughton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton isn't expecting many tactical changes from Leeds' Steve Evans on Monday night.

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has told the club's official website that he isn't expecting drastic tactical changes from Leeds boss Steve Evans.

The Seagulls have been flying high in the Championship this season, and currently sit fourth in the table, just four points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

They can though close that gap to just one point on Monday, as they host Leeds United at the Amex Stadium in a vital clash for Hughton's side.

Having beaten Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road earlier this season - in what proved to be Uwe Rosler's final game in charge of the club - Brighton will be looking to complete a league double over the Whites, but rather than Rosler, it will be Steve Evans that Hughton faces in the dugout.

Former Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich boss Hughton has been looking ahead to the game in an interview with Brighton's official website, and touched on some key points about Leeds.

Hughton suggested that the signings of midfield duo Toumani Diagouraga and Liam Bridcutt have added quality and experience to a youthful Leeds side, suggesting that Evans has been working hard to get the right balance in his team.

Hughton also noted how many draws Leeds have this season - 14, the joint-highest amount in the division - and suggested that he isn't expecting any major tactical changes from Evans ahead of Monday's clash.

"They've brought in a few players, not many," said Hughton. "They already had a lot of talent there - certainly a lot of young talent. I think he's tried to find that right balance; Diagouraga and Bridcutt have come as two more experienced ones in central midfield, so I think they've added something to what they already had."

"I think, in some ways, they're similar to ourselves: they've picked up a lot draws. In those draws, I suppose the margins can go either way, and if more of the margins went in their favour, of course they would be in a far more favourable position. All of their games are close games, and a lot of people would've seen their last performance on television against Middlesbrough, where they showed what a good side they are."

"I don't think they'll be dramatically different to how they've been in recent weeks. They can change the formation slightly...they have a fair dominance in midfield, they've got some good players, so they are capable of changing slightly, but I think they'll come and try and perform the exact same way that they have done since Steve has been there," he added.

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