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    West Bromwich Albion vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***

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    West Brom v Brighton


    Venue: The Hawthorns
    Date: Saturday 13th January 2018
    Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    Assistants: Steve Child, Adrian Holmes
    Fourth official: Tony Harrington


    West Brom trio Jonny Evans, Kieran Gibbs and Matt Phillips are all available after overcoming respective foot, muscle and hamstring problems.

    James Morrison and Nacer Chadli both remain on the sidelines.

    Brighton's on-loan midfielder Izzy Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury in Monday's FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

    Steve Sidwell, who has not played this season because of a back problem, has injured his ankle in training.


    Conor McNamara: "West Brom are already associated with a special moment in Brighton's campaign; the newly-promoted side's first win back in the top flight came against them.

    "Chris Hughton's side look comfy now in 12th place, but zoom in to the points column and Brighton are only three points above the relegation zone and very much in a battle to stay up.

    "West Brom were the original 'Great Escape' club. They may need to summon the spirit of 2005 when - never mind being bottom at Christmas - they were bottom for much of the season's final afternoon before miraculously surviving.

    "It is 20 league games since the Baggies last won, and almost half of that run has been under Alan Pardew."


    West Brom head coach Alan Pardew: "I really like this group of players. I'm doing everything I can to put ideas and thoughts into their heads because I want them to do well.

    "What Chris has done at Brighton is nothing short of amazing. They've had a good season and it won't be easy to break them down."

    Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "The most important results for us will be against the teams around us, and what we know is that top group of teams won't affect us as much.

    "[West Brom] is an opportunity, but every game is - each time you look ahead they're big games.

    "It's difficult to talk about upcoming periods in isolation because every game is a big one and a challenge and we know we'll have to be at a level to get a result."



    • West Brom have never lost at home to Brighton in nine previous matches, winning five of those games.
    • However, Brighton have won three of their last four meetings.
    • Each of the last three encounters have been won 3-1 by the home side.

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    • West Brom are enduring a club record winless run of 20 league matches, losing 10 of them.
    • The Baggies have won only two of their last 31 Premier League fixtures, whilst Alan Pardew has won just one of his last 19 top-flight games as a manager.
    • Albion have scored just five league goals in eight league games under Pardew.
    • The Baggies have drawn a league-high 10 matches in 2017-18; Brighton have the joint-second highest tally of eight.
    • If selected, Gareth McAuley will become just the fourth West Brom player to appear in 200 Premier League games and only the eighth Northern Irishman to do so.
    • Pardew is unbeaten in all four Premier League games as a manager against Chris Hughton, winning twice.


    • Brighton have won just one of their last 11 league fixtures (D5, L5).
    • They have failed to score in a league-high eight away matches, and are without a goal in each of their last five on the road since Glenn Murray's winner at Swansea in November.
    • The Seagulls have scored five away goals, the fewest in the division, yet they boast the sixth best away defensive record.
    • Brighton could complete their first top-flight league double since beating Wolves home and away in 1981-82.
    • The next goal scored by Brighton will be their 200th in the top flight.

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