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PREVIEW: JAHANBAKHSH TO PLAY AT THE HAWTHORNS

4 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Alireza Jahanbakhsh will feature for the Seagulls against West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to the Hawthorns on Wednesday evening for an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay, kick-off 8.05pm, as Chris Hughton’s side look to set up a fifth-round tie against Derby County at the Amex Stadium.

The teams shared a goalless draw on the south coast towards the end of January, in a match that saw the Seagulls keep their fifth clean sheet of the season, before extending that tally to six against Watford on Saturday.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will host the Rams in the last 16 of the competition later this month, as Albion look to continue their progress in the FA Cup after reaching the quarter-finals last season.

West Brom gave away a 2-1 lead against Middlesbrough to lose 3-2 at home in their only match since playing the Seagulls, while Hughton’s side have picked up one point from matches against Fulham and Watford.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed Alireza Jahanbakhsh will play against West Brom in Wednesday's fourth-round replay, but Dale Stephens is unlikely to feature after pulling out of the squad in the warm-up against Watford.

Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Bernardo is closing in on a return to the side after recovering from a hamstring injury and will be available for selection.

West Brom pair Matt Phillips and James Morrison are both doubtful for the match at the Hawthorns, as they continue their recoveries from ankle injuries.



FORM

The Seagulls are without a league victory since their 1-0 win against Everton at the end of December, however Hughton’s side recorded a 3-1 win against AFC Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup.

Albion found themselves 2-0 ahead against Fulham in their last awat game, but four second-half goals saw the Cottagers take all three points at Craven Cottage.

Hughton’s men created a number of chances against Watford when Javi Gracia’s team visited the south coast on Saturday, but goalkeeper Ben Foster pulled off a string of impressive saves to earn a point for the Hornets.

The Baggies have dropped to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship after defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough in their last four league matches.

Darren Moore’s team took four points from matches against Norwich City [1-1] and Bolton Wanderers [0-2] before their trip to the Amex last month.

Goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle put the Baggies 2-1 ahead against Middlesbrough over the weekend, but Britt Assombalonga’s late double snatched the points at the Hawthorns.



LAST TIME WE MET

Despite creating numerous opportunities in front of goal, neither side could break the deadlock when they met at the Amex in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Dale Stephens went closest to finding the back of the net for the Seagulls, but the midfielder’s curling effort from 25 yards cannoned back off the post after the faintest of touches from Jonathan Bond.

David Button then pulled off a fine save up the other end to keep Albion in the game, as the shot-stopper tipped Tosin Adarabioyo’s back-post header onto the crossbar from close range.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

WATFORD 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Bissouma, Gross; March, Murray (Andone 72), Locadia.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Burn, Kayal, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh.



LAST TIME OUT: WEST BROM

WEST BROM 2
Rodriguez 42
Gayle 63

MIDDLESBROUGH 3
Saville 17
Assombalonga 75, 83

West Brom line-up: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Harper, Barry (Livermore 78), Field (Brunt 83); Robson-Kanu (Murphy 74), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs not used: Bond (GK), Bartley, Montero, Adarabioyo.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Rakeem Harper

After making his full league debut for the Baggies against Championship league-leaders Norwich City in December, the midfielder has retained his place in the team for the following three matches.

Harper impressed for Moore’s team at the Amex last month, after progressing out of the club’s under-23 side, and has played the full 90 minutes in each of his appearances since playing against the Canaries.

With Moore potentially making a number of changes to the side for Wednesday’s game at the Hawthorns, Harper could be one of few players to retain his spot in the team, having also featured against Wigan Athletic in the third round.


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