West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion Betting Tips & Predictions – Wednesday 6th February 2019

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Previous Match Tips

There was no winner in the battle of the Albions when they first met but there must be one during Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth round replay. Awaiting the victor in the next stage of the competition is a home test next weekend versus Championship outfit Derby County.

West Brom are five-time champions of England’s most prestigious knockout tournament but it’s been over 50 years since they last celebrated FA Cup glory. This is more than Brighton have ever managed though with the Seagulls’ only final appearance back in 1983 ending in defeat to Manchester United.

Top Tips

Draw @ 12/5

Both Teams to Score @ 4/5

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West Bromwich Albion News: Oviedo reveals transfer disappointment

West Bromwich Albion Player Challenged for Ball
Barry Marsh, flickr

West Brom left it late to sign Sunderland fullback Bryan Oviedo but it looked as though a deal could just be squeezed through. The Costa Rica international passed his medical with hours to spare but the issue arose when one of the two parties failed to send the necessary documentation across in time. The former Everton man revealed his disappointment at the collapsed move and it is unclear whether or not the Baggies will try their luck again in the summer.

Montero and Johansen both unavailable

In an attempt to fill the creative void left by Harvey Barnes, West Brom secured the services of both Jefferson Montero and Stefan Johansen in the January transfer window. Both midfielders are well accustomed to English football so it shouldn’t be long before Darren Moore hands them some minutes. The pair are ineligible to feature this weekend though as they were not West Brom players during the original clash with Brighton. Should the Baggies progress, the pair will be available for selection in the next round.

Brighton & Hove Albion News: Defensive options could return

Brighton Fans Outside the AMEX Stadium

Chris Hughton has plenty of decisions to make when it comes to naming his squad for this match. The Seagulls’ boss may have two fresh names to consider too with both defensive midfielder Dale Stephens and left-back Bernardo close to being match ready. Stephens missed last weekend after feeling some pain in his hip while his Brazilian teammate has been out the last month with a thigh problem. Should the pair be declared fit to play, this would leave Brighton with just one outfield player left in the treatment room.

Analysis: Big team elimination increases cup appeal

There has been no surprise winner of the FA Cup since Wigan in 2013 but this year’s edition could be the latest exception. The likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have been knocked out and either Manchester United or Chelsea will fall during the next round. With so many big sides out of the running and a reasonably favourable fifth round draw for these two clubs, the competition is one both managers will now be taking more seriously.

Seagulls rarely fly high away from home

Brighton fans are generally content with manager Chris Hughton but one of their biggest gripes is how he sets up during away matches. The Seagulls have won just three away matches in the last 12 months, two of them coming against relegation candidates. West Brom did fall to a defeat at the Hawthorns just a matter of days ago but they are usually a side that performs at home. This has been less true in recent weeks though as the Baggies are still feeling the absence of Harvey Barnes, recalled by Leicester last month. Neither side will be at their best for this contest so they may end up all square after 90 minutes (12/5) once again.

Goals back on the menu

Although being without Barnes hurts the West Brom attack, they haven’t lost their knack for scoring at home. Only once this season have the Championship side failed to convert on home soil, a League Cup clash with Crystal Palace back in September. Matches at the Hawthorns have been regularly entertaining this season, averaging over 3.5 goals across all competitions. They focussed on defending away Brighton during their first clash but will come out of their shell this Wednesday. The Seagulls will be forced to follow suit and this should produce a match in which both teams find the back of the net (4/5).

Recent Matches

Not many Brighton fans will be able to remember the day their side last won at the Hawthorns. The Seagulls’ most recent victory away against West Brom came in 1976 during a third round League Cup tie.

26th January 2019: Brighton 0 – 0 West Brom

Brighton had no shortage of attempts in this match but none of their 24 efforts resulted in a goal. Kevin Bond was able to deny Yves Bissouma and Beram Kayal with smart stops but his finest moment came when keeping out Glenn Murray’s effort late on. The Baggies also had the post to thank for keeping out Dale Stephens but the woodwork later turned on them as it prevented Tosin Adarabioyo’s header from going in.

13th January 2018: West Brom 2 – 0 Brighton 

A 20-match winless streak in the Premier League finally came to an end for West Brom, handing manager Alan Pardew a much needed moment of relief. His side still remained in the bottom three but goals from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson pushed them to within two points of safety. The win was tainted by accusations of racial abuse by Brighton’s Gaeten Bong but Jay Rodriguez was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

9th September 2017: Brighton 3 – 1 West Brom

Brighton ended their three-game Premier League goal drought as they secured their first top-flight victory in over 34 years. You wouldn’t have guessed the Seagulls were struggling to find the net as they created plenty against a second-best Baggies. Solly March played a big role in the historic victory but it was Pascal Gross who proved the most instrumental. The German pulled the strings all game and was rewarded with two goals and an assist.

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