West Bromwich Albion will be looking for a minor FA Cup upset when they host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
The Baggies took four points off of the Seagulls in the Premier League last season and this match presents an opportunity for Valerien Ismael to test his methods against a side he will be hoping to face next season. West Brom are winless in their last three league games, scoring just once and therefore the FA Cup gives them a chance to build some momentum and confidence before returning to their automatic promotion push.
Here, we are predicting five changes from the side that drew 1-1 against Cardiff City last time out…
The alterations are as follows: David Button comes in for the suspended Sam Johnstone, Adam Reach for Matt Clarke, Darnell Furlong in for Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Quevin Castro in for the also suspended Alex Mowatt and Jordan Hugill receives potentially his final opportunity in place of Tom Fellows.
Clarke and Jayson Molumby are unavailable with the match being against their parent club, adding to a lengthy list of players who are not eligible for selection. Robert Snodgrass, Matt Phillips, Dara O’Shea and Kean Bryan are injured while Semi Ajayi has joined up with the Nigeria squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
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A heavy defeat would put the pressure back on Ismael’s shoulders, with Graham Potter’s men probably set to be afforded a lot of possession at The Hawthorns the clash of styles could see a loss of patience in the Frenchman’s methods from the supporters and club.