Brighton v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 23, 2019
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton hope to replicate last season's run to the FA Cup quarter finals, but must first pass an in-form West Brom side in round four this weekend. Darren Moore's side are in the hunt for promotion, and may not consider the cup a massive priority, but will want to keep their run going.
Honours were shared equally last season when the two sides met in the Premier League with each team winning on their home turf. The most recent fixture, at the Hawthorns saw goals from Craig Dawson and Johnny Evans earn West Brom a 2-0 win.
Chris Hughton is unlikely to make major changes to the side that beat Bournemouth in the last round, although may be able to welcome back Yves Bissouma from injury. Mathew Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are away at the Asian Cup, meaning yet another start for David Button in goal.
Darren Moore made major changes for his team's third round win over Wigan, but may not be as keen to do so against Premier League opposition. Mason Holgate, recently signed from Everton should get a run out, although Gareth Barry and Jay Rodriguez are both likely to be rested.
Brighton v West Brom Preview and Predictions
West Brom currently sit in third place in the Championship, three points off Norwich in second, but also level on points with Sheffield United below them. Going into Saturday's FA cup tie with Bournemouth, manager Darren Moore's attention may understandably be elsewhere.
For Chris Hughton, on the other hand, Brighton may acceptable consider themselves safe from relegation, yet are far from competing for any higher-table accolades. Following a fan-pleasing cup run last year, the manager will be keen to get his side past his Championship opposition. They're available at 21/20 to win this fixture.
Saturday's game offers an insight into the comparative benefits of form against quality. Brighton have been playing against top-class opposition all season, and are clearly the better of the two teams, however, West Brom have lost just one of their last 13games stretching back to November 3, and are 13/4 best price here, with the draw after 90 minutes at 5/2.
The Baggies form is such that Moore considered his squad strong enough to rotate for their most recent cup tie, and was repaid with a win. Whether or not he chooses to do so again, his players will be full of confidence that has been largely absent at Brighton.
The Seagulls have not done poorly by any means this season, but games against the in-form Manchester United and Liverpool have seen them lose two in a row. Hughton will be keen to re-instil a sense of positivity to help them recover from the two demoralising results. This could well see the manager field a strong line-up, and playing at home, the team are likely to push for goals from the offset.
Whether or not this plays to their favour, or allows West Brom to seek success on the counter-attack remains to be seen, but regardless should make for a good game this weekend.
Glenn Murray to score anytime at 13/11
The only Brighton player to broach the five goal mark this season may start on Saturday, in an attempt to secure the tie early.
Brighton to win and both teams to score at 16/5
Both teams will be out for the win and West Brom may well be able to push back against Brighton, especially if Hughton rotates the defence.