West Brom v Brighton live stream, Saturday 8 January, 3pm GMT
Promotion-chasing West Brom will test themselves against Premier League opposition when they host Brighton in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Having recently gone 11 games without a win in the Premier League, Brighton had plenty to cheer over the festive period. First, they ended that barren run with a 2-0 victory over Brentford on Boxing Day. A creditable 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge followed, before Albion battled to a 3-2 triumph over Everton last weekend.
A return of seven points from the last nine available has lifted Graham Potter's men back into the top half of the table. It has also taken some of the pressure off and could result in Brighton taking this third-round tie more seriously than they might have done had their slide down the standings continued.
The Seagulls reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2018/19 and will be hoping to go one better this term. Their only appearance in the final to date came in 1983, when they lost to Manchester United in a replay.
West Brom will probably prioritise their Championship promotion push over the FA Cup, but Valerien Ismael will be keen to see his team return to winning ways after three matches without a win in the league. The Baggies are now fourth in the table, four points behind the automatic promotion spot.
Brighton will have to make do without Lewis Dunk and Jeremy Sarmiento through injury, while Yves Bissouma is competing at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali. Potter could hand an opportunity to some of the fringe members of his squad, such as Haydon Roberts, Steven Alzate and Jurgen Locadia.
West Brom defender Semi Ajayi is representing Nigeria at the tournament in Cameroon, with Sam Johnstone and Alex Mowatt set to miss out through suspension. The Baggies will also be missing Kean Bryan, Dara O'Shea and Robert Snodgrass, but Ismael hopes to have Matt Phillips available again after injury.
Kick-off is at 3pm GMT on Saturday 8 January. See below for international broadcast options.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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