Brighton star likens FA Cup semi-final as David versus Goliath - but says Albion can cause a huge upset

Defender Shane Duffy says Brighton & Hove Albion can beat Manchester City in a David versus Goliath-like scenario at Wembley this afternoon.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:28 pm
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:32 pm
Brighton defender Shane Duffy. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The Seagulls take on quadruple-hunting City in a 5.30pm kick-off at Wembley and are huge underdogs for the FA Cup semi-final, with City priced at 1/50 to reach the final with some bookmakers.

It is Albion's first appearance in the last four of the famous competition since 1983 and Duffy says Brighton will go into the game with belief they can reach the showpiece final on May 18.

Manchester City have lost to Crystal Palace, Leicester and Newcastle in the Premier League this season and exited the FA Cup away to then League One side Wigan last season.

Those results all give the Seagulls hope and Duffy said: "It can happen and in football no one is unbeatable. That's what you've got to think.

"I just hope it's the day where it doesn't click for them and it clicks for us.

"It's the David v Goliath which everyone thinks it is but it can happen. It has happened a lot of times in football. Why can't it be on Saturday?"

Duffy feels Brighton have nothing to lose at Wembley as City are such firm favourites: "What's the worst that can happen? We could lose anyway so we've got to go there and believe.

"The manager and the lads will be saying that. No one expects us to win so we'll go there, give it our all and if City beat us, people will just say 'yeah, okay' but if Brighton win heads will be turned.

"It would be a big achievement for us.

"I've had a couple of big wins. Beating Italy (with Ireland) in the Euros was quite big for me. But club wise it would be a huge win and I just wish it was league points."

Duffy added Albion will enjoy the occasion whatever happens but hopes it's a day all the Brighton players will look back on as one of the best of their careers.

He said: "We've just got to enjoy it and you can't over think things.

"If you think about other stuff it's just going to bypass you and you'll think 'what was all the hype about?'.

"We've got to enjoy it and at least put an effort in.

"Everyone says you have that one game where it's the best of your career. We just need that from all of us on Saturday and you never know.

"It's great for the fans and the club and I'm sure the chairman and everybody will be excited. We're all looking forward to it."

As for the task facing Brighton, Duffy feels the Seagulls are taking on the best side in the world. Asked if City are the best team to grace the Premier League, Albion's defender said: "They're right up there. I think they're the best team in the world at the minute.

"The Invincibles (Arsenal) would be up there and the 99 United team and that's what you're comparing them to. It's a big achievement for them."