|Albion v Hull City (FA Cup):|
Monday 17th February, kick-off 7.45pm
|Albion v Wigan Athletic:|
Saturday 22nd February, kick-off 3pm
Both Hull and Brighton have the attraction of a reunion with former colleagues should they win Monday's night's FA Cup encounter at the Amex.
For Albion, there is the prospect of Gus Poyet's return with Sunderland while for City manager Steve Bruce has his own reasons for wanting to face-up against the Black Cats in the quarter-finals, given that he managed the Black Cats for two years between 2009 and 2011.
Brighton are unbeaten at home against Hull since 1965 - a run of 48 years and 20 matches. In fact that August match is the only time that Hull have ever won in Brighton.
Sky Bet, the official bookmaking partner of the Albion, price up Oscar Garcia's men as 13/10 favourites to win the match outright. Hull are 21/10 and a shade longer comes the draw at 11/5. However to qualify for the next round, Sky Bet cannot split the teams, offering 10/11 each of two.
The first slice of value comes in the half-time/full-time list where BRIGHTON/DRAW is on offer at 16/1. Regular followers of the tips know that this is the threshold at which value starts. The combination of one side to be leading at half time and the other to draw level by the final whistle has already paid out on four occasions this season - although every time so far it has been the Albion coming from behind. I'm hoping that the lads will be quick out of the blocks in this match and at half-time we will have some insurance nicely tucked away.
As always in cup games the goalscorer betting is tricky, but in the knowledge that stakes are refunded if your selection does not play (or comes on after the first goal is scored) then we can take a view on three for Monday night. Firstly we will include WILL BUCKLEY @ 10/1. While the returning from injury winger may start on the bench, Oscar may just be looking to get some valuable minutes into him; and as Albion fans know, he can be a game changer.
Secondly we will plump for DAVID LOPEZ (12/1). The dead-ball specialist may be given the nod and could pop up with one of his spectacular deliveries. Alternatively after only receiving two all season, we are well overdue a penalty and he is likely to be on duties. Finally, I will stick with KEMY AGUSTIEN (28/1). He has started both cup-ties so far and 28/1 is the longest he has been all season. Time to end the drought!
I'll be checking on the value as kick-off looms so don't forget to follow me on Twitter - @BHAFerret.
Good luck and happy punting!
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