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PREVIEW: BISSOUMA IN THE FRAME FOR CUP RETURN

24 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma could return from injury against West Brom.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm, as Chris Hughton’s side look to get the better of their Sky Bet Championship opponents to reach the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Seagulls progressed to the fourth round with a 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth earlier this month, when goals from Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone dispatched the Cherries.

Darren Moore’s team booked their place in the next round thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the Hawthorns — former Crystal Palace Bakary Sako fired the winning goal in the all-Championship tie.

The Seagulls claimed their first-ever Premier League victory against the Baggies last season, but Saturday’s visitors won 2-0 in the reverse fixture before dropping out of the top flight.

TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Yves Bissouma (hip) will train on Thursday, which should put the Malian in the frame for West Brom’s visit this weekend. Bernardo (hamstring) will train on Friday, but Saturday’s match will come too soon for the Brazilian.

Jose Izquierdo (knee) remains sidelined through injury, while Maty Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh continue to feature for their nations at the Asian Cup.

West Brom duo Matt Phillips (ankle) and James Morrison (calf) are both doubtful for Saturday’s cup tie, with the former staying in England to receive treatment instead of travelling to Dubai with his team-mates for a mid-season training camp.



FORM


The Seagulls have tasted defeat in consecutive matches since their FA Cup win over Bournemouth, but both matches have been narrowly lost against top-six opposition.

Albion welcomed Premier League leaders Liverpool to the Amex Stadium and Mohamed Salah’s penalty proved the difference, as the Hughton’s men restricted the Reds to few chances on the south coast.

Next up was a trip to Old Trafford, and despite an encouraging display against a Manchester United team that had won six consecutive matches, the Seagulls were edged out 2-1 after Pascal Gross halved the deficit.

The Baggies arrive at the Amex on the back of three unbeaten matches, with four points in their previous two league matches leaving Moore’s side in third position in the Championship table.

Norwich prevented West Brom from taking all three points with a late goal at the Hawthorns, as the teams shared a 1-1 draw, but this weekend’s visitors hit back with maximum points against Bolton Wanderers on Monday evening.

ALBION HISTORY

After reaching the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, the Seagulls went in search of their first goal and victory after defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City, and a goalless draw against Watford.

Pascal Gross found the back of the net on the stroke of half-time against the Baggies to send the Amex crowd into raptures, before the German added a second three minutes after the re-start.

Tomer Hemed converted a third goal for the Hughton’s side after the hour mark, and despite James Morrison’s reply for the Baggies, Albion picked up their first victory in the top flight since 1983.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Pogba 27 pen
Rashford 42

ALBION 1
Gross 72

Albion line-up: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper, Gross (Kayal 82); March (Knockaert 61), Murray (Andone 60), Locadia.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Balogun, Bruno, Gyokeres.



LAST TIME OUT: WEST BROM

BOLTON 0

WEST BROM 2
Rodriguez 19
Field 75

West Brom line-up: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Harper (Adarabioyo 90+3), Barry, Brunt (Field 26); Robson-Kanu (Sako 85), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs not used: Bond (GK), Bartley, Hoolahan, Leko.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Dwight Gayle

The forward has made a positive start to his Baggies career, firing 14 goals in his opening 23 league matches since dropping down a division from Newcastle United over the summer.

Gayle has played a wider role for Moore’s side in recent games, after beginning the season as West Brom’s central striker, but the 28-year-old scored a hat-trick off the right wing in last month’s 4-0 win at Rotherham United.

The former Crystal Palace striker opened the scoring in West Brom’s 1-1 draw against Championship promotion rivals Norwich City, as the Baggies continued their challenge for a Premier League return.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0

26 January 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert in action against West Bromwich Albion.
  • The Seagulls share a goalless draw with the Baggies
  • Dan Burn impresses on his Albion debut
  • David Button keeps second clean sheet for the club
  • Albion will be in the draw for the fifth round on Monday

Brighton & Hove Albion will travel to the Hawthorns in an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay after being held to a 0-0 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Chris Hughton made six changes from the team that narrowly lost 2-1 at Manchester United last weekend, with Dan Burn making his debut while club captain Bruno returned to lead out the side.

A near-full house packed into the Amex for the clash of the Albions, and a stalemate did not look on the cards after a lively opening to the contest on the south coast.

The Baggies named four academy graduates in their starting line-up and their youthful exuberance was clear to see early on, with central midfielders Rekeem Harper and Kyle Edwards showing their confidence on the ball.

Yves Bissouma was able to thwart most early attacks, driving forward with intent while his name was typically sung to the tune of The Champs’ 1958 hit ‘Tequila’.

It was the Malian who almost soured the strong legion of visiting fans early when he curled an effort away from West Brom keeper Jonathan Bond, who spied the midfielder’s thinking and parried away to safety.



The Amex was the first English ground to house VAR last season in the third-round FA Cup win over Crystal Palace, and the video system was called upon for two penalty shouts which Albion had midway through the first half, but referee Lee Mason was not instructed to overturn his dismissive waves.

The industrious Beram Kayal almost capitalised on Albion’s first-half dominance when he tested Bond from 20 yards — the shot-stopper’s fumble was almost converted by Andone, but for a vital last-ditch challenge from Kyle Bartley.

Bissouma unleashed a dipping strike from 30 yards soon after, which fooled some north stand supporters as it rolled down the wrong side of the net after crashing into the stanchion.

The opening stages of the second half were much like the first – fast-paced, end-to-end, but without final-third incision. Dale Stephens almost put an end to that in the 58th minute when his first-time curler was pushed onto the post by Bond’s fingertips.

Against the run of play, Harper almost gave the Championship side the lead just after the hour mark when he broke into the 18-yard box unannounced, but a terrific sliding tackle from Martin Montoya halted the opening.

West Brom continued to chase an opener in the latter stages and centre-back Tosin Aradabioyo came closest in the 72nd minute. Wes Hoolahan clipped in an inviting free-kick which found the Englishman at the back post, and his header was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by David Button.



Viktor Gyokeres replaced Jurgen Locadia for his second FA Cup appearance and showed why he’s come into the first-team fray with a measured shot from 20 yards which almost sealed the Seagulls’ spot in the fifth round.

Top goalscorer Glenn Murray was introduced late on and the forward’s powerful effort from inside the box almost booked his side’s place in the fifth round, but Bond was equal to the 35-year-old’s effort.

It was obvious that neither side wanted a replay, as they pressed for a winning goal in the dying stages, but the full-time whistle was blown and the Seagulls will now travel to the Midlands for another match.

ALBION: Button; Bruno, Duffy, Burn, Montoya; Bissouma, Stephens (Propper 63), Kayal; Knockaert, Andone (Murray 83), Locadia (Gyokeres 72)

SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez, Dunk, Gross, March

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Ticket News

WEST BROM CLOSE TO A SELL-OUT

26 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
The view from the south west corner of the Amex.
Fewer than 250 tickets are available for today’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie against West Bromwich Albion at the Amex, and fans that have yet to do, are advised to secure their seats as soon as possible.
 
The game could now be a sell-out, and fans are encouraged to book in advance now to avoid disappointment.
 
The matchday prices are listed below.
 
Category Price
Adults £20
Over-65s/Under-21s £15
Under-18s £10
*Online bookings using print at home are exempt from booking fees, there is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, whilst a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases where tickets are fulfilled by post or held for collection.
 
A maximum of four tickets can be purchased per fan number, supporters are advised that tickets should be assigned to the correct owners at the time of purchase to ensure loyalty points are credited.
 
To book online visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets or call the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls to this number are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).
 
Please note seat moves cannot be made after a ticket has been purchased.
 
Loyalty Points
 
A total of 15 loyalty points will be credited per fan number (please note this will be based on actual attendance rather than purchase).  Please remember to assign tickets to the correct friends and family at the time of purchase to ensure everyone receives their loyalty points; points cannot be credited retrospectively.
 
Travel
 
Travel to and from the Amex is included in the ticket price for this match with trains and buses within the subsidised travel zone included in the cost of the ticket.  Park & ride will be in operation at the Racecourse and Mill Road. 
 
Parking is available to purchase in advance in Car Park B (The Bridge).

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