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PREVIEW: Brighton and Hove Albion v Coventry City - The Sky Blues head to Premier League Brighton in the FA Cup

The Sky Blues look to progress the the quarter finals for the first time since 2009...

16 February 2018

The Sky Blues head to Brighton's AMEX Stadium as they look to progress to the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for the

Coventry head into this one after three straight defeats in SkyBet League Two but their cup form has been excellent this season, turning over higher opposition twice already, beating MK Dons and Stoke City.

The Seagulls are unbeaten in four in all competitions and haven’t lost since January’s 4-0 defeat to champions Chelsea.

They currently sit fourteenth in the Premier League, two-points above the drop zone, and made their way into the last sixteen of the competition after beating Crystal Palace (2-1) and Middlesbrough (1-0).

Manager Chris Hughton will be using Brighton’s record £14m signing Jurgen Locadia against the Sky Blues while Jiri Skalak (ankle) and Steve Sidwell (back) will both miss out through injury.

The Opponents

Aussie international Matthew Ryan joined from Valencia in the summer for an undisclosed fee. The ‘keeper has 41 caps for his country.

Lewis Dunk has been with Brighton all his career, bar a loan-spell with Bristol City in 2013, making nearly 200 league appearances along the way.

Anthony Knockaert has been the Seagull’s talisman for a number of years now. The number 11 has scored 21 goals in 63 appearances for the club since joining from Standard Liege.

Memorable Meeting

A brace from Dennis Wise gave City victory in 2006 at the Ricoh Arena.

A Sky Blues side featuring Michael Doyle, Marcus Hall, Stern John and Gary McSheffrey scored either side of half time in front of 20,541 at the Ricoh Arena to climb to 11th in the Coco-Cola Championship.

Brighton’s Home Form

W – 3-1 v West Ham United

L – 0-4 v Chelsea

W – 2-1 v Crystal Palace (FA Cup)

D – 2-2 v Bournemouth

W – 1-0 v Watford

D – 0-0 v Burnley


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