Date: 4th January 2019 at 6:03am
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Written by billythekid

After our cracking 3-3 draw on Wednesday night at Dean Court against Watford in the Premier League, we meet Brighton again at Dean Court, but this time it is the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup and at the first entry stage for the two Premier League sides. After such a busy December schedule and our injury list, this game is probably one Eddie Howe and his team could do without.

Since we have been in the Premier League our record in the FA Cup has been poor. In 2015-16, AFCB were drawn away against Birmingham City in the third round, the Cherries won 1-2. Our goals coming from a Lee Tomlin penalty and Glenn Murray.
In the fourth round, we were drawn at home against Everton. AFCB departed the FA Cup losing 0-2.
In the 2016 -17 season, AFCB were again drawn away in the third round, this time our opponents were League 1 Millwall. This ended in an embarrassing exit by 3-0, although this was a much-changed Cherries team from the league side.
2017-18 the third round game was at Dean Court against League 1 leaders Wigan. By half-time AFCB were 0-2 down, Wigan’s goals coming from Will Grigg and an own goal from Emerson Hyndman. In the second half, the Cherries came back with goals from Lys Mousset and an injury-time equaliser from Steve Cook. This took the game to a replay on Wigan’s ground and they entered the fourth round draw after beating AFCB 3-0.

AFCB and Brighton have only met twice before in this competition. The first game was away in January 1988 in the third round with Brighton winning 2-0. The second time, AFCB met Brighton was at home in the first round in November 1993, the Cherries won 4-2, McGorry, Pennock, Masters, Wood were the Cherries scorers.

In all competitions, AFCB have Won 42, Drawn 29, Lost 36.

AFCB Team News
Expect to see Eddie give a number of players a well-earned rest. Good to have Nathan Ake and Dan Gosling back off the injury list.

AFCB Player To Watch
Most likely starters up front for us will be Lys Mousset and Jermaine Defoe. Both players need game time and both have a chance to put on a good performance. Defoe if reports are true is being watched by Roy Hodgson with the possible opportunity of joining Palace.

Brighton Team News
Matt Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are away on international duty. Jose Izquierdo is out with a knee injury.

Brighton Player To Watch
Glenn Murray could start this game, after being a sub for the Everton game and also our league game at Dean Court. As with the Cherries, Brighton have had a busy schedule and will probably make changes.’

Your say…

northstandmark wrote…

An especially quick turnaround for this, Wednesday 8 pm to Saturday 12.15pm. So I can’t see any starters from the Watford game being involved, and the last thing we want is to risk further injuries to critical players

Seaman Simpson Mings Rico
Hyndman Ofoborh Surman
Ibe Mousset Pugh

A couple of debuts there. I’d love to have a closer look at Ofoborh, and he’ll beef up that midfield otherwise weak in Hyndman and Surman. Seaman is about the only actual right back we have, may as well give him a look too. – Join the conversation, click here.

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