THE FA CUP

West Brom vs Brighton: Match Preview

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Graham Potter’s Brighton will face West Bromwich-Albion on Saturday’s FA Cup clash. West Brom has an impressive home record (unbeaten in their last 10 home matches) while Brighton has only lost 2 away games. Although, West Brom have a sketchy record against Premier League oppositions in the FA Cup. However, the Seagulls also have a favourable record against the Baggies.

Brighton comes on a high, drawing against Chelsea and winning against Everton. But they have dropped points against Wolves and Southampton. Meanwhile, West Brom is winless in three, dropping points against Barnsley and Cardiff. West Brom has also lost against Derby, who are sitting at the bottom.

However, Baggies did get the better of Brighton in their last encounter winning 1-0. West Brom sits 4th in the Championship table and have their sight set on promotion this season. Brighton has done well so far this season and would like to continue this form in the FA Cup.

Team News

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West Brom is without Mowatt and Johnstone, who was suspended. Johnstone would be probably replaced by former Brighton ‘keeper David Button. The Baggies also have Alex Palmer. Injuries have also taken out Robert Snodgrass, Matt Phillips, Dara O’Shea and Kean Bryan.

Karlan Grant, Grady Diangana and Robinson are expected to start in attack. Darnell Furlong and Adam Reach are touted to start in place of Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Conor Townsend.

In the case of Brighton, Yves Bissouma is away on national duties with Mali in AFCON. Lewis Dunk and Jeremy Sarmiento are also out because of long-term injuries. Jurgen Locadia has also left for VFL Bochum. Graham Potter may also give chances to Robert Sanchez, Enock Mwepu and Adam Lallana.

Potential XI

Brighton: Steele, Veltman, Webster, Duffy, Lamptey, Alzate, Moder, Cucurella, Gross, Mac Allister and Welbeck

West Brom: Button, Kipre, Bartley, Clarke, Furlong, Livermore, Molumby, Reach, Grant, Diangana and Robinson

Prediction: West Brom Brighton

Form goes out of the window in cup matches in most cases. FA Cup is known for upsets. However, West Brom has an uphill task ahead of them as Brighton, have been clutch in important moments. Graham Potter has turned a lower-tier side into a team competing for the top-half places. West Brom has suffered a dip in form recently. Losing to Derby and drawing to Cardiff.

It will be closely contested but the visitors should come out on top.

Prediction: West Brom 1:2 Brighton

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