Match Previews

FA Cup latest on Lamptey, Welbeck, Lallana and Connolly

Team news and everything you need to know ahead of trip to Newport County.

By Alex Stedman • 07 January 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Lallana may miss Sunday's game with Newport.

Albion get their FA Cup campaign underway this Sunday when they take on Newport County at Rodney Parade.

Graham Potter's men drew 3-3 with Wolves last Saturday at the Amex, producing a stirring fightback from two goals down to start 2021. Aaron Connolly, Neal Maupay and Lewis Dunk were on target for the hosts.

Newport have enjoyed a strong start to the season and sit second in League Two, one point behind league leaders Carlisle United. Their last game was a 1-1 draw away to Crawley Town on Boxing Day.

County's league game with Southend United last Saturday was postponed due to a frozen pitch. 

Where to watch?

Coverage of the game will be shown live on BT Sport 1HD from 7.15pm, kick off 7.45pm.

Team news... 

Graham Potter provided an update when he spoke to the media on Thursday. 

Tariq Lamptey will miss the match at the weekend. The boss also revealed that the match would probably come too soon for Danny Welbeck.

Adam Lallana was ill on Thursday, and Steven Alzate is also still recovering from illness.

Aaron Connolly is still 'a few weeks away' according to the head coach.


Our last fixture…

Albion 3
Connolly (13)
Maupay (46)
Dunk (70) 

Wolves 3
Saiss (19)
Burn (og 34)
Neves (pen 44) 

Albion line-up: Sanchez (GK): Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn (Lallana 69), March; Bissouma (Propper 45), White; March, Connolly (Zeqiri 45), Maupay, Trossard.

Subs not used: Steele (GK); Bernardo, Mac Allister, Gross, Molumby, Jahanbakhsh.

Their last fixture…

Crawley Town 1
Demetriou (og 32)

Newport 1
Haynes (5)

Newport line-up: Townsend (GK) (King 45); Cooper, Dolan, Demetriou, Haynes; Shephard, Bennett (Willmott 74), Sheehan; Collins (Amond 74), Twine; Abrahams (Proctor 62).

Subs not used: Baker, Devitt, Longe-King. 

The history…

Albion and Newport County have played each other 67 times dating back to 1921.

The first meeting between the sides came in 1921 where Albion were impressive 4-0 winners away from home in Division Three South. Albion and Newport last met at Rodney Parade in 1966 in the FA Cup and Albion were 2-1 winners.

The Welsh side won a League Cup tie at the Amex 3-1 in 2013 and were also victorious against Albion's under-23s last season in the EFL Trophy in December 2019 when they triumphed on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

The Newport Player to Watch…

Padraig Amond has scored eight goals in 27 appearances for Newport so far this season.

He opened his account for the campaign in a home victory over Watford in the EFL Cup in September and followed that up by notching in three consecutive league matches in October. 

Four more goals across November and December have followed and he could lead the line for the Welsh side this Sunday evening. 

Match Officials…

Referee - Lee Mason. Assistant Referees - Mark Scholes, Timothy Wood. Fourth Official - Robert Lewis.