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Preview: Brighton And Hove Albion (A)

22 January 2021

Blackpool make the long trip south to Premier League opponents Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

This is the first time since 2016/17 the Club has made it to the fourth round of the competition, having beaten Eastbourne Borough, Harrogate Town and West Bromwich Albion so far this campaign.

A strong performance against Premier League West Brom in round three just two weeks ago, was a real test for the Seasiders, but one in which they came through on penalties, thanks to the heroics of Chris Maxwell in goal.

Brighton entered the competition at the third round stage, and needed to rely on penalties to get past League Two’s Newport County, following a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade. The Seagulls picked up their first victory in 11 matches in all competitions last time out, thanks to an impressive league win at Leeds United last weekend. Graham Potter’s side sit in 16th position in the Premier League  - four points from safety.

Ahead of this weekend’s match, Blackpool will be without CJ Hamilton and Keshi Anderson, with Demetri Mitchell also not involved.

For the hosts, Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Connolly will miss the match, with Graham Potter expected to make several changes to his squad.

Last Time We Met:

The Seasiders secured a 1-0 victory over Brighton in the last meeting between the two sides in January 2015, courtesy of Jamie O’Hara’s strike.

Blackpool’s last visit to the AMEX Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw in September 2014.

Neil Critchley:

“We’re prepared for an exciting match. We know how Brighton like to play and the team is very well coached by Graham Potter.

“They like to keep the ball and play good possession football, which causes problems for the opposition.”

Graham Potter:

"I am expecting another difficult game, they have a clear idea of playing and have earned their place in this stage of the competition.

"They're a well coached side and we will have great respect for them."

Watch The Match Live:

The match at the AMEX Stadium, which kicks off at 3pm, is available to watch on BT Sport Extra 3.

Due to the broadcasting rights of the competition, the match will not be available to watch live on iFollow.

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