Brighton v Coventry City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 13, 2018
Amex Stadium - FA Cup
Premier League side Brighton host Coventry City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with the visitors currently lying ninth in League Two. Chris Hughton’s side are fully expected to see off the challenge of the lowliest team left in the draw.
The clubs last played each other when they were in the Championship during the 2011/12 season. Both teams won their home games, while Coventry were unbeaten in the seven games prior to that campaign.
Brighton will be without three players for this game due to injury. Jiri Skalak, Izzy Brown and Steve Sidwell are all out, while Seagulls manager Hughton could ring the changes bearing in mind his team’s quest for survival and the visitors’ League Two status.
Coventry meanwhile will be without veteran Michael Doyle, after Sky Blues boss Mark Robins revealed that the 36-year-old has damaged knee ligaments. The committed midfielder tried to battle on with the injury but missed his first game of the season at the weekend and is set to be out for a few weeks.
Brighton v Coventry City Preview and Predictions
Even though there may be some tricky circumstances for Brighton coming into this game, there’s no doubt that their superior quality should see them through to the FA Cup quarter-finals. Victory is the only option for Hughton’s side, and anything else would be a disaster for the Premier League club.
Brighton are locked in a battle to preserve their top flight status, and currently sit two points above the relegation zone in 14th place. Just a couple of wins could easily see them leap up into the top half of the table, but with five teams breathing down their necks, a couple of defeats could have equally drastic consequences.
The Seagulls are still 2/5 favourites in the betting though, while Coventry are available at 9/1. Robins’ side are very much in the mix for a play-off place, and a victory over a Premier League team would do wonders for the League Two outfit’s confidence. The Sky Blues effectively have a free hit with this game, which could make them dangerous.
A replay would be an awful result for Brighton considering their fight for survival, especially if Hughton gives a few players a rest on Saturday to try to keep his squad fresh for the run-in. It’d be a great achievement for the visitors though, with a draw priced at 15/4.
Brighton to win to nil at 21/20
Coventry are hardly prolific in League Two, and the Seagulls will be expected to win this game comfortably in front of their own supporters.
Coventry to win 1-0 at 18/1
There’s been bigger FA Cup shocks down the years though, and if Coventry can overcome Brighton then it’s likely to be a tight game.