Brighton & Hove Albion v West Brom: Likely line-ups for FA Cup tie

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is set to make several changes for tomorrow's FA Cup tie with West Brom at the Amex.

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 11:08 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 6:50 pm
Brighton striker Florin Andone. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The Seagulls reached the fourth round with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth, while the Baggies overcame Wigan 1-0 at home.

Hughton made eight changes when Brighton won at Bournemouth and West Brom boss Darren Moore made nine changes himself for their third round tie.

Brighton are likely to field a similar side to which appeared in the previous round, although Hughton will also have one eye on Tuesday's Premier League game at Fulham.

Brighton sit 13th in the Premier League, while West Brom are looking to bounce straight back into the top flight after relegation last year. They are third in the Championship, four points behind leaders Leeds.

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Jason Steele is likely to be in goal, after playing in the third round win at Bournemouth.

Club captain Bruno will come in at right-back, while Leon Balogun will start in central defence, possibly alongside Dan Burn.

Burn joined Brighton from Wigan in the summer but spent the first half of the season back on the loan at the Latics. He was an unused substitute at Bournemouth and is still waiting to make his Seagulls debut.

Anthony Knockaert has impressed off the bench in the last two games, after scoring at Bournemouth, and will come back into the starting line-up.

Beram Kayal is also set to start and Yves Bissouma will also feature if he is fit to return from a hip injury. One of Dale Stephens, Davy Propper or Pascal Gross will likely occupy the other midfield position, unless Hughton decides to give Horsham-based youngster Max Sanders his debut.

Jurgen Locadia has started Brighton's last seven games and could again continue on the left-hand side of the front three, although Swedish youngster Viktor Gyokeres has been in the matchday squad a couple of times in recent weeks.

Livewire forward Florin Andone is likely to lead the line up front.

Likely line-up: Steele; Bruno, Burn, Balogun, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma, Stephens, Locadia; Andone. Subs (from): Button, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, March, Propper, Gross, Sanders, Gyokeres, Murray.

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The Baggies will be without injured duo Matt Phillips and James Morrison and the suspended Jake Livermore for their trip to the Amex.

Ahmed Hegazi, Jay Rodriguez and Gareth Barry picked up little strains and knocks in West Brom's win at Bolton on Monday, so Baggies boss Darren Moore will assess the trio in training.

Moore will likely make changes from the win at Bolton, and Sam Field, who scored off the bench at the Reebok Stadium, Bakary Sako, Kyle Bartley and Wes Hoolahan are among those who could come into the starting 11.

Likely line-up: Bond; Holgate, Adarabioyo, Bartley, Townsend; Harper, Field, Hoolahan; Robson-Kanu, Sako, Leko. Subs (from): Johnstone, Leko, Dawson, Mears, Edwards, Fiztwater, Palmer, Howkins, Hegazi, Gibbs, Barry, Rodriguez, Brunt, Gayle.

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