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PREVIEW: ALBION TRIO TO MISS QUARTER-FINAL

15 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone picked up an injury in the warm-up at Selhurst Park last weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to reach the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s history on Sunday afternoon, when the Seagulls take on Millwall at The Den, kick-off 2pm.

Chris Hughton’s team stand one game away from reaching the final four at Wembley Stadium, after knocking out AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Derby County in the previous rounds of the illustrious competition.

The Lions find themselves in a relegation scrap in the Sky Bet Championship, but Neil Harris’s side have strung together an impressive run of results in the FA Cup — beating opposition from the top three tiers of English football.

Sunday’s hosts secured a 3-2 victory over Premier League Everton in the fourth round, and will be looking to cause another upset when Hughton’s men visit The Den in front of the BBC cameras.

Albion’s last visit to The Den ended as a goalless draw in 2015, but David Lopez’s penalty in 2014 sealed a 1-0 victory in the capital for Oscar Garcia’s promotion-chasing side.

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TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Florin Andone (groin) and Pascal Gross (hamstring) will be unavailable for Sunday's match, while Yves Bissouma will also miss out due to suspension after collecting two yellow cards in the competition.

For Millwall, FA Cup hero Murray Wallace has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle and knee damage, while Tom Bradshaw is also expected to miss the game as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Ben Thompson, who scored twice against Birmingham City on Wednesday evening, is cup-tied for the match at The Den, having already played three times for Portsmouth in the competition this season.

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FORM

The Seagulls recorded back-to-back Premier League victories with a memorable 2-1 win against Crystal Palace last weekend, which Florin Andone’s winning goal against Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium.

Glenn Murray opened the scoring against the Eagles, before Luka Milivojevic levelled from the penalty spot, but Anthony Knockaert bagged maximum points with a stunning winner in the closing stages.

Albion have enjoyed cup success since the turn of the year — goals from Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia secured a 2-1 win against Derby County in the fifth round to set up this weekend’s match.

The Lions returned to winning ways against Birmingham City during the week, winning 2-0 at St Andrews after losing four Sky Bet Championship matches in a row.

Thompson struck twice before the interval to give Millwall a two-goal advantage, and Harris’s team held on to the three points to climb out of the relegation zone into 19th.

The London club have managed to score at least once in each of their last seven matches in all competitions, but conceded ten goals in four defeats to Preston North End, Hull City, Norwich City and Bolton Wanderers.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

CRYSTAL PALACE 1
Milivojevic 50 pen

ALBION 2
Murray 19
Knockaert 74

Albion: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper, Bissouma; Knockaert (March 75), Murray, Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 90+4).

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

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LAST TIME OUT: MILLWALL

BIRMINGHAM CITY 0

MILLWALL 2
Thompson 13, 32

Millwall line-up: Martin; Romeo, Pearce, Cooper, Ferguson; Leonard; Wallace (Hutchinson 90), Tunnicliffe, Thompson, Marshall (Mereditch 84); Gregory (Morison 66).

Subs not used: Archer (GK), O’Brien, Williams, Elliott.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Lee Gregory

The striker has reached double figures in the Championship this season, while also netting once in Millwall’s journey to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Gregory drew the Lions level against Everton in the fourth round, before his team-mates recovered from 2-1 behind to seal a 3-2 victory and knock their Premier League opponents out.

The 30-year-old has netted 14 times in the FA Cup since joining Millwall from Halifax Town in 2014, which included scoring in the first six rounds of the competition during the 2016/17 season.


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