Whilst this is perhaps one of the more open FA Cups in recent history, it’s unlikely that either West Brom or Brighton will be making this their absolute top priority.
Whilst that might frustrate some, it’s understandable. Brighton’s last victory came in this competition – in the third round when they caused a minor upset by winning 3-1 at Bournemouth. They are not expected to face the drop by many observers, but they are only five points clear of Cardiff in 18th and they are likely to remain in the thick of things down the bottom.
West Brom are chasing promotion in the Championship, and whilst they suffered a blow with a 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday, they are still very close to the automatic promotion places. Manager Darren Moore made plenty of changes for the fourth round tie at the Amex when they were arguably lucky to make it through to this stage.
Chris Hughton made six changes to that side who dominated the game, landing 24 shots to six and winning the shots on target count 7-2 in a performance that was more dominant than bookmakers had estimated it would be beforehand. They were also dominant at the weekend against Watford, when only Ben Foster kept them from winning with one of their 21 shots – Watford didn’t even get one on target.
West Brom v Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Cup 4th Round Replay
20:05 BBC One
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, from last 10 years)
JAN 2019 FA CUP Brighton 0-0 West Brom
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE West Brom 2-0 Brighton
SEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 3-1 West Brom
It’s difficult to estimate how the sides will match up at the Hawthorns but it would be a little surprising if there was to be a lack of goals once again. Brighton don’t travel all that well well but their away games do average 2.77 goals and they should have scored at least that many in the first clash against the Baggies who themselves have scored the most goals of any Championship team. This could quickly become entertaining.
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