That defeat stretched their winless league run to eight matches and the unbeaten run seems a distant memory now.
But if Seagulls’ fans were offered sixth spot in mid-January what would the reaction have been?
A good barometer of how a side have fared with regard to pre season expectations is our Handicap and Albion (+14) are actually second favourites at 5/2 behind Boro (+2) on the handicap where Derby County (now 33/1) were the only side on scratch.
Albion are at Ewood Park this weekend to take on a Blackburn Rovers side who themselves are struggling for form having picked up just two points from the last fifteen available.
The Seagulls are 2/1 to pick up maximum points with Rovers 8/5 and the draw at 9/4.
Albion have drifted to 50/1 at BetVictor for the title, 7/2 for promotion but are still odds on at 1/2 to end the campaign with a top six finish and a minimum of a play-off spot.
Chris Hughton’s side need a change of fortune but 2/1 does seem too big given their defeat in south Yorkshire was their first on the road in the Championship this season.
A 1-0 win for Albion is priced at 7/1 with BetVictor and that might be a shade too big; you would not expect to see a goal-fest at Ewood Park and under 1.5 goals is just 9/5 but Albion need to get back to winning ways and if they have to win ugly so be it.
Jordan Rhodes is the 19/4 favourite to score the opening goal with James Wilson at seven and Bobby Zamora, a late substitute midweek, eight the same price as Tomer Hemed.
For all your weekend odds check out BetVictor.com.
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