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Five Things Preview: Coventry City

By Alex Stedman • 16 February 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion host Coventry City in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup at the Amex Stadium on Saturday with a place in the last eight of the competition up for grabs. 

Here are five things to look out for ahead of the contest with the Sky Blues on the south-coast.


When Chris Hughton met the media on Thursday afternoon he confirmed club-record signing Jurgen Locadia would start against Mark Robins’s men on Saturday. 

The January arrival from PSV Eindhoven is yet to make an appearance for the Seagulls – but has now recovered from injury, been training for the last week and a half and was also named on the bench for the 1-1 draw away to Stoke City last Saturday. 


If Albion can progress against Coventry City on Saturday afternoon, it will be the first time the club has made the quarter finals of the historic competition for 32 years. In the 1985/86 season, the Seagulls lost 2-0 to fellow south-coast side Southampton in the last eight of the tournament. 

Away victories at Newcastle United and Hull City – followed by a replay win over Peterborough, had set up the tie for Chris Cattlin’s men, Liverpool would go on to defeat the Saints in the semi-finals before beating Everton at Wembley Stadium in the final.


Saturday’s opponents have already beaten top flight opposition in the Emirates FA Cup this season when they recorded a 2-1 home success over Stoke City at the Ricoh Arena at the end of January.

Mark Hughes lost his job with the Premier club in the aftermarth of the game, and the Sky Blues went on to secure their place in the last 16 with a 1-0 away win against MK Dons – who ply their trade in the division above Robins’s men in Sky Bet League One. 


Coventry City have won four Emirates FA Cup ties in order to set up Saturday’s meeting with Albion – and the only goal they’ve conceded so far in the competition was a penalty from Charlie Adam, in the aforementioned win over Stoke City.

Other than that they’ve yet to concede from open play. They beat Maidenhead United 2-0 in the first round before recording a 3-0 success over Boreham Wood in the next stage, and those wins over Stoke City and MK Dons then followed.


The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions.

In the previous round of the competition, a last-minute goal from Glenn Murray gave the side a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, before Chris Hughton’s men drew 1-1 away to Southampton in the top flight four days later. 

Albion then recorded an important 3-1 win at home to West Ham United in the Premier League, and followed that result up with a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium last weekend.

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