West Brom v Brighton Tips: Can the Baggies book a date with Derby?
Nothing could separate West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion when the sides met at the Amex Stadium 11 days ago. Something will have to give at the Hawthorns tonight.
Even if it takes 120 minutes and penalties there will be a winner in the West Midlands. But who will take the spoils and book a home date with Derby County in the fifth round of the FA Cup?
These two may be a division apart but Brighton’s poor away record could be a leveller. The Seagulls have won just six times on the road since promotion to the Premier League in 2017.
Two of those successes have come in the FA Cup and they start at 7/5 tonight. West Brom suffered their first defeat at the Hawthorns in over three months last time out against Middlesbrough.
They’re 2/1 to put that right with a win, while it’s 21/10 about the draw. Two changed sides hint towards a lack of rhythm in the play, so we go 29/20 about a Draw and Under 2.5 Goals after the initial tie ended 0-0.
Both managers could make any number of alterations to their usual starting XIs. That means Sam Field, Rekeem Harper, Kyle Edwards and Rayhaan Tulloch may all earn recalls for the Baggies.
Cup goalkeeper Jonathan Bond is also likely to start in place of Sam Johnstone, while Hal Robson-Kanu should partner Jonathan Leko up-front ahead of Wes Hoolahan who’ll sit just behind.
West Brom look to have the greater flair centrally. But Brighton could have the edge on the flanks with record-signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh and £15m man Jurgen Locadia providing width.
Anthony Knockaert will provide the impetus in a five-man midfield, while a much-changed defence could include Bernardo at left-back and veteran ace Bruno on the right.
Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez head the betting for the hosts at 7/4 apiece. But like Murray, both are unlikely to feature – at least from the off.
Where: The Hawthorns
How to watch: BBC One
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