West Bromwich vs. Brighton / Premier League – This Saturday’s match of the 23rd round of English Premier League brings us clash between next-to-last West Bromwich and 12th-placed Brigthon, which currently has seven points more. Both teams routinely reached the fourth round of FA Cup last weekend. We need to add that their match played last autumn had ended as Brighton’s home victory 3-1. Begins: 13.01.2018 – 16:00 CET
Of course, the result is now an additional motive for West Bromwich players to try to win all three points at home, especially as at the moment they have four points fewer than teams positioned above the drop zone. West Brom downfall into the relegation zone was inevitable after the latest five-game winless series of three defeats and two draws. It is also very interesting that West Bromwich won its two only victories in the Premier League this season at the very beginning of it.
Right because of that the club management has brought new coach, Pardew, but with him at the helm West Brom managed only to play several draws in a row in the league, while last weekend it finally won in the FA Cup where they won away lower-league Exter 2-0 at home. Anyway, that will certainly raise their morale ahead of this very important match with Brighton. For the end we need to say that out of action due to injuries are defenders Evans and Gibbs, midfielder Morrison, and forwards Phillips and Chadli.
Probable lineups West Bromwich: Foster – Dawson, Hegazy, McAuley, Nyom – Brunt, Barry, Livermore, McClean – Rodriguez, Rondon
Unlike its next opponent, atmosphere in Brighton’s locker room is a bit more relaxed as this team occupies the 12th place in the table and has three points more than teams in the drop zone, and on top of it Brighton didn’t lose last three matches. It firstly won by one point in the Premier League as it drew away with Newcastle and at home with Bournemouth, while in the third round of FA Cup Brighton was lucky to score in the very finish of match and win Crystal Palace 2-1 at home.
Brighton’s coach Hughton had rested most of standard starters in the FA Cup match and now they should by fully ready to face West Bromwich, which is definitely under much bigger pressure given the situation in the table. However, playing away is Brighton great problem this season and the team would surely satisfy with draw at Hawthorns stadium. We need to add that still out of action is only injured midfielder Sidwell.
Probable lineups Brighton: Ryan – Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner – Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo – Gross – Murray
West Bromwich – Brighton PICK
Regardless that West Bromwich didn’t win for almost five months in the league we have decided to give it advantage over Brighton as if they lose they could face great problems later on regarding their survival in the league.
Pick: West Bromwich wins
Odds: 2.15 at betvictor (down to 2.05 can be played)