West Bromwich Albion vs Brighton & Hove Albion News, Stats and Predictions

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West Bromwich Albion vs Brighton & Hove Albion News, Stats and Predictions

 

Albion begin their campaign in this season’s Emirates FA Cup with a visit to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

Tickets for the third round tie are available to purchase from the Albion ticket office until midday on Friday 7th January, or on the day at West Brom with a £5 increase in prices in each category.

Graham Potter’s team reached the fifth round of the competition last season, defeating Newport County at Rodney Parade on penalties before seeing off Blackpool at the Amex.

Their journey came to a disappointing end though, when Kelechi Iheanacho scored a stoppage-time winner for Leicester City.

The Baggies were knocked out in the third round by Blackpool, who were two divisions below them at the time but are Championship rivals this season.

Team news

Graham Potter said, “Adam Webster looks like he might miss the game because of a little bit of fatigue. Lewis Dunk will miss this one too as he continues his recovery, which is going well.

“We would see this game as a chance for Danny Welbeck to get some minutes. He’s gaining time on the pitch after coming back from injury. That will be important for both him and us.”

Albion’s last visit to the Hawthorns was certainly one to forget for Potter and his team, after Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck missed penalties while Lewis Dunk had a goal ruled out in controversial circumstances. Kyle Bartley’s 11th minute goal secured a 1-0 win for the hosts.

West Brom player to watch

Karlan Grant has played in all four of the top tiers in English football, including a loan spell with Crawley Town. The 24-year-old passed the 200 professional appearances mark earlier this season, and has netted 63 times in his career so far. He has nine Championship goals for West Brom so far this season.

Match officials

Referee: Robert Jones

Assistant referees: Darren Cann & Steven Meredith

Fourth official: Ben Toner

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