Brighton is playing in the English Premier League, but that does not mean that “Seagull” will have a good ending when being a guest of West Brom in the third round of the FA Cup. The fact that “Sparrow” is playing well in the Championship and is also very fortunate to face Brighton in the past, that judgment is completely grounded.
West Brom has just struggled to hold Cardiff 1-1 at home in the opening match of the new year. Not only losing points, but “Sparrow” also had to pay a heavy price when midfielder Alex Mowatt and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone both had to receive red cards to leave the field. West Brom have not won the last 3 matches in the Championship (draw 2, lose 1). Compared to the beginning of the season, it is clear that the home team The Hawthorns can no longer keep their explosive form. Currently, West Brom are in 4th place on the table, in which they won 11, drew 9 and lost 5.
With 42 points, coach Valérien Ismaël’s teachers and students are only 4 points behind Blackburn’s second place in the table and still have many opportunities to move towards a direct promotion ticket. The home field will give West Brom a great advantage before welcoming Brighton. In the last 10 visits in all competitions, West Brom are unbeaten (draw 5, win 5). In the Championship this season, West Brom are completely unbeaten when playing at home. The only defeat that West Brom had to receive at home this season was against Arsenal in the English League Cup.
Brighton has just had an emotional 3-2 victory at Everton, a match in which midfielder Mac Allister has won a double goal. This is also the period when “Seagull” shows certain progress. The previous appearance, Brighton even drew Chelsea with a score of 1-1 right at Stamford Bridge. Plus a 2-0 victory over rookie Brentford, so Brighton has not lost in all three recent appearances. After 19 matches played in the Premier League this season, Brighton won 6, drew 9 and lost 4. Holding 27 points, the away team is currently in 9th position on the table. This is not a bad result, because Brighton’s early goal is just to stay relegated.
In 12 away matches in all competitions this season, Brighton lost only 1 match in 90 minutes when facing Aston Villa. Brighton have at least reached the FA Cup Quarterfinals and Semi-Finals in the past four seasons. However, coach Graham Potter is unlikely to launch the strongest squad in the upcoming competition. In the last 5 encounters with West Brom, Brighton did not win (draw 3, lose 2). Therefore, the upcoming trip will not be really easy with “Seagull”.