Brighton manager Chris Hughton admits the visit of Swansea to the Amex Stadium on Saturday will be a “massive game” in their battle for Premier League survival.
The teams go into the weekend’s fixtures just one point apart, with Brighton 14th in the table and the Swans 16th.
Both sides are on a decent run of form, with Hughton’s team unbeaten in their last three league games and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Swansea have been rejuvenated under Carlos Carvalhal and have picked up 10 points from their last four top-flight games.
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“We are playing a team in very good form at the moment and where we are in the division, these are certainly the games you don’t want to lose,” said Hughton.
“It’s certainly a massive game, until the next massive game, that’s how it is at the moment.
“We are in good form though and will need to use that good form and home advantage to give ourselves the best possible chance of getting the result.
“At this stage of the season, these games become more meaningful.”
Hughton praised the improvement in fortunes overseen by Carvalhal at the Liberty Stadium, where he was appointed on December 28, just four days after he was sacked by Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
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“It has stemmed from a change of manager but if you spoke to him, he would talk about what the players have given him,” added Hughton.
“Generally the mood is changed by winning games and if I go back to the games they have played, the win at home to Liverpool has spurred them on to get other results.
“He is a very good manager, we know him well from our exploits in the Championship. He is a very experienced manager and at the moment he is getting the best out of them.”
Brighton’s game with Swansea is followed by the visit of Arsenal to the Amex on March 4, live on Sky Sports. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League at 12:30pm.