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Brighton vs Derby, Championship Playoff Semi-Final, 1st Leg: Open Thread

The race is on to determine which one of the four Championship clubs will be promoted to the Premier League, to join Leicester City and Burnley in the world’s most popular sports league.

The first match of the playoffs kicks off today with the battle between Brighton and Derby County, in the first leg of the semi-final.

Here is today’s TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US (including commentators):

Brighton vs Derby County (Championship playoff semi-final, 1st leg), 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS and DishWorld

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Championship games are shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.

Starting line-ups

Brighton and Hove Albion: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, Upson, Ward; Andrews, Forster-Caskey, Lingard; Orlandi, Ulloa, Buckley.

Subs: Brezovan (GK), Chicksen, Dunk, Ince, March, LuaLua, Mackail-Smith.

Derby County: Grant; Wisdom, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth; Thorne, Bryson, Hendrick; Russell, Ward, Martin

Subs: Legzdins, Whitbread, Eustace, Hughes, Dawkins, Bamford, Sammon

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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  1. jtm371

    May 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Anyone but the Sheep. I know my Forest skirt is showing.

  2. Smokey Bacon

    May 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Bad luck Brighton. Looks like the EPL will be full of northerners next season. Leicester, Burnley, Derby or Wigan. God help us.

  3. Martin

    May 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Advantage Derby who go home with a 2-1 lead. Brighton have a mountain to climb to make it to the playoff final. Sunday’s game should be interesting. Will Derby hold out for a draw or will they play to win? McLaren’s tactics should be interesting to watch.

  4. Flyvanescence

    May 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Wow 2 lower league English clubs that play 4-3-3? Maybe England is catching up!

    • Christopher Harris

      May 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I think it’s due to the combo of former Brighton manager Gus Poyet with Steve McClaren’s time coaching in Europe.

      • Flyvanescence

        May 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

        I see. I notice that in most places outside of the old british empire, the “basic formation” is the 4-3-3, as opposed to the 4-4-2 that is still prevalent in England. Note that at the highest level anywhere, systems and formations vary as top clubs tend to have some foreign players and managers.

  5. Christopher Harris

    May 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Great game so far. End to end action, 2 goals, and it’s only the 40th minute.

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