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Albion return to FA Cup action on Saturday

Latest team news and everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s cup tie with Blackpool.

By Alex Stedman • 21 January 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action against Newport County in the last round.

Albion are back in Emirates FA Cup action this Saturday when they host Blackpool in a fourth-round tie at the Amex, kick-off 3pm.

Graham Potter's beat Newport County 4-3 on penalties in the last round after a 1-1 draw after extra time. Solly March netted a 90th minute goal before the hosts drew level through Adam Webster’s own goal in stoppage time.

Albion have since suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City before beating Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road at the weekend.

Blackpool also advanced to the next stage after winning on penalties, beating West Brom in a shootout on home soil after a 2-2 draw. 

Their last league match was a 1-1 draw away to Hull City. Tuesday’s home game with Northampton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Bloomfield Road.

Where to watch?

Coverage of the game will be on BT Sport Extra 3.

Team news... 

Graham Potter provided the latest team news when he spoke to the media on Thursday.

Tariq LampteyDanny Welbeck, Adam Lallana, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Connolly will miss the match this weekend.

The boss revealed Jakub Moder had been training with the group and could feature in the squad in some capacity on Saturday afternoon.

Our last fixture…

Leeds 0

Albion 1
Maupay (17)

Albion line-up: Sanchez (GK), Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn, March, Trossard (Tau 73), White Gross, Mac Allister (Bissouma 63), Maupay (Propper 81).

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Alzate, Zeqiri, Sanders, Jenks, Khadra.

Their last fixture…

Hull City 1
Wilks (51)

Blackpool 1
Yates (81)

Blackpool line-up: Maxwell (GK); Turton (Garbutt 82), Ekpieta, Ballard, Husband (Gabriel 82); Lubala (Woodburn 63), Ward, Dougall, Kaikai (Virtue 58); Yates, Madine.

Subs not used: Sims, Antwi.

The history…

Albion and Blackpool have played each other 30 times dating back to 1972.

Albion's last win over this weekend’s opponents was in December 2013 at Bloomfield when as Inigo Calderon’s first half goal gave the visitors three points.

The contest that will stand out most to Albion fans of recent years was the 6-1 victory at the Amex in April 2013. A brace from Ashley Barnes and further goals from Will Buckley, Matthew Upson, Andrea Orlandi and David Lopez completed a convincing win.

The Blackpool Player to Watch…

Jerry Yates has notched eight times in all competitions already this season, including in the last round against West Brom at Bloomfield Road.

The former Swindon striker was also on target last weekend away to Hull City and is the side’s top scorer so far this campaign. 

His tally is even more impressive given the fact he did not score his first goal of the season until the final day of October in an away win over Burton Albion.

Match Officials…

Referee - Darren England.

Assistant Referee - Nick Hopton, Matthew Jones.

Fourth Official - Gavin Ward.


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