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    Middlesbrough vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Middlesbrough v Brighton


    FA CUP - FOURTH ROUND

    Venue: The Riverside Stadium
    Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
    Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Nick Hopton
    Fourth official: Ben Toner

    TEAM NEWS

    Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton and striker Ashley Fletcher could feature against Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round.

    Clayton has not started a game since 25 November while it is three months since Fletcher started but Boro boss Tony Pulis may include both.

    Brighton's club-record £14m signing Jurgen Locadia will be out for another two weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Midfielder Steve Sidwell (ankle) is Brighton's only other absentee.

    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis: "It will be a tough game, without a question of a doubt.

    "For me it's all about what we're going to do. It's all positive, and we'll be talking about playing our strengths."

    Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "Middlesbrough have had some ups and downs this season with regard to their form, but they are a team that we very much expect to have a good run through to the end of the season.

    "Tony Pulis is a manager I know very well and it's never an easy game against one of his teams.

    "We are away from home against a side that are on the back of a very good win last time out against Queens Park Rangers, so we expect a very difficult game."

    MATCH FACTS

    • These two sides have been drawn together just once previously in the FA Cup, a second-round tie in 1906, with Middlesbrough eventually winning a second replay after the first two games ended 1-1.
    • That gap of 112 seasons between a fixture being played in the FA Cup is the second longest in the competition's history - West Brom and Burnley faced in 1888/89 and then not again until 2008/09, a gap of 120 seasons.
    • Boro have been drawn at home for the seventh successive fixture, with the north-east side winning four of the last six (L2).
    • Brighton have won just two of their last eight FA Cup away games (D1 L5), losing each of the last two, including at this stage last season to non-league Lincoln.
    • Middlesbrough have been eliminated in seven of their last eight FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, failing to score in four of the last five.
    • Brighton have failed to score in nine of their last 13 competitive matches (six goals overall).
    • None of Middlesbrough's last 18 games have ended in a draw, winning 10 and losing eight in this run.
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