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14 February 2019

Kieran Cleeves
Solly March is the only fresh doubt for Saturday's game.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Derby County to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 12.30pm, as Chris Hughton’s side look to reach the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for a second season in a row.

The Seagulls reached the last 16 after beating AFC Bournemouth 3-1 in the third round of the competition, before sealing another 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, after the initial fourth-round tie ended goalless and went to a replay at the Hawthorns.

Derby’s route to the fifth round began with a penalty-shootout victory over Southampton, following 2-2 draws at both Pride Park and St Mary’s, before edging past Sky Bet League One opponents Accrington Stanley, thanks to a 1-0 win at the Crown Ground.

Albion are unbeaten in their last five matches against the Rams, having taken nine points from matches in the Sky Bet Championship before sealing promotion to the Premier League in 2017.


The manager revealed that Solly March is the only fresh doubt heading into the game after coming off injured in the match against Burnley last Saturday, while Jose Izquierdo is back in training after recovering from a knee injury.

Rams captain Curtis Davies and defender Marcus Olsson are both long-term absentees for Lampard's men, with achilles and knee injuries respectively. Goalkeeper Scott Carson is also a doubt with a thigh problem.


The Seagulls
will be keen to rediscover their positive touch at the Amex on Saturday afternoon, having gone four matches without a victory on the south coast.

Since beating Everton 1-0 towards the end of December, Albion's only victories have come in the FA Cup, alongside draws against West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Watford.

Two impressive goalkeeping displays have prevented the Seagulls from taking more points from their previous two matches at the Amex, and Kelle Roos is likely to be in charge of stopping Hughton's side this weekend.

The Rams
head to the Amex on the back of a six-match unbeaten run in league and cup competitions, but Frank Lampard's side were denied all three points at Portman Road on Wednesday night.

Tom Lawrence opened the scoring against Ipswich Town, but the hosts levelled in the second half to keep Derby in seventh position in the Championship after 31 matches.

As well as their victories in the FA Cup, the Rams have sealed wins against Reading and Hull City, with their last defeat coming against table-topping Leeds United at Elland Road.


Albion picked up another three points on their charge towards promotion back in 2017, as goals from Anthony Knockaert, Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray sealed a 3-0 victory.

Knockaert opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the fifth minute, as he rifled the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards, and Baldock extended the lead shortly before half-time from close range.

Murray arrived in the box to prod home Knockaert’s cross in the closing stages, and the victory moved Albion six points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town with nine games remaining.


Duffy 76

Wood 26, 61
Barnes 74 (pen)

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Stephens; March (Knockaert 47), Gross (Bissouma 66), Locadia (Jahanbakhsh 66); Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bernardo, Burn, Kayal.


Nolan 55

Lawrence 2

Derby line-up: Roos; Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone; King (Bryson 73), Johnson; Holmes (Bennett 73), Wilson (Nugent 62), Lawrence; Waghorn.

Subs not used: Ravas (GK), Wisdom, Cole, Huddlestone.


The winger, who joined the Rams from Liverpool on loan after signing a new five-year deal with the Reds at the start of the season, has been Derby’s stand-out performer over the course of the campaign so far.

Wilson’s ten goals in 24 league appearances has helped Lampard’s side challenge towards the top end of the Championship table.

The 21-year-old also curled in a wonderful free kick against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup, but the Rams ended up bowing out of the competition in the next round at Stamford Bridge.

Wilson’s goal - another free kick - and assist against Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup provide crucial at St Mary’s, and his ability from set-pieces is something the Seagulls will need to be wary of this weekend.

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