Brighton & Hove Albion v Coventry City

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TEAM NEWS

Brighton will give a debut to forward Jurgen Locadia in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round game with Coventry after he recovered from a hamstring problem.

Jiri Skalak and Steve Sidwell (both ankle) are Albion’s only absentees.

Coventry are likely to be without Michael Doyle (knee) and Jack Grimmer (hamstring), with eight academy graduates set to be in their squad.

Jordan Maguire-Drew, on loan from Brighton, is ineligible and Kyel Reid is cup-tied for the League Two side.

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Brighton boss Chris Hughton: “The biggest incentive is that it’s a cup competition that we want to go through and go as far as we can.

“What we have been given is a home tie, some will look at it as us being favourites.

“What we are very, very conscious of is that this is the cup and any team that Coventry put out, they’ll be fighting very hard to make sure that they are the team that go through.

“But we’ve been given a good opportunity and it’s up to us to take that one.”

Coventry boss Mark Robins: “They are the hot favourites in the game but anything can happen in the FA Cup.

“This game is a distraction, but a good distraction. We have had a great run and played some great games along the way. This is another one in that line.

“If we didn’t go into the game feeling it was winnable then there would be no point going.

“The difference between the two sides is there for everyone to see, and to top it off they are going to be starting their record £14m signing.”

MATCH FACTS

  • Brighton have only won one of their past nine games against Coventry in all competitions (D4 L4), although this is the first meeting since a Championship defeat in December 2011.
  • Coventry have won two of their three FA Cup ties against Brighton, beating them in a second-round replay in 1910-11 and in the third round in 2005-06, losing in the first round in 1953-54.
  • The last time the Seagulls were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup, losing 4-0 in a replay to Manchester United in 1983.
  • Coventry have already eliminated Premier League opposition this season (Stoke in the third round). No fourth-tier or lower side has eliminated two top-flight clubs in the same FA Cup campaign before (since the fourth tier was introduced in 1958-59).
  • Brighton have only lost two of their past 15 FA Cup home games (W8 D5), with both defeats by Arsenal.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in their past four matches in all competitions (W2 D2), this after losing consecutive games to West Brom and Chelsea in the Premier League.