FA Cup Round 5: Brighton v Coventry City Preview

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Brighton v Coventry City

Saturday, Feb 17 – 15:00pm

Brighton were held to a 1-1 draw when they travelled to face Stoke City at the weekend, with keeper Matt Ryan saving a last-minute penalty to salvage a point for the visitors. The Seagulls are now unbeaten in four competitive matches, but with a difficult run of fixtures coming up in March, Chris Hughton could be tempted to protect his most influential players this afternoon. It took a late goal from Glenn Murray for Brighton to progress past Middlesbrough in Round 4. They will be hoping for a more straightforward victory over their League Two opponents today.

Coventry City lost 2-1 to Colchester United on Tuesday night, and are now without a win in three matches in all competitions. Prior to this run, the Sky Blues were in solid form in League Two, and manager Mark Robins will be hoping his side can build on their impressive FA Cup run, with Coventry claiming convincing victories over Maidenhead United, Boreham Wood, and MK Dons, and Premier League side Stoke City. Can the Sky Blues cause another cup upset this afternoon?

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Brighton have only managed to win one of their last nine competitive matches against Coventry (D4 L4) – the last time these two sides met was back in December 2011.
  • Coventry has won two of their last three games against the Seagulls in the FA Cup – beating them in the 1910/11 season and 2005/06 season.
  • The last time Brighton graced the top-flight back in 1983, they reached the final of the FA Cup before losing 4-0 to Man United.
  • Coventry eliminated Premier League side Stoke City in Round 3 of the FA Cup – no fourth-tier side has ever knocked out two top-flight clubs.
  • The Seagulls have only lost two of their last 15 home matches in the FA Cup (W8 D5) – both of their losses coming to Arsenal.
  • Brighton are now unbeaten in their last four competitive matches (W2 D2).

Brighton had hoped to take advantage of a struggling Stoke City in their last game, but by the end of the match they were lucky to leave with a point. The Seagulls most obvious issue has been their goalscoring, which has been a persistent problem this season. Coventry has struggled to find their best form over the last few weeks, and a win today would be huge for Mark Robins’ side. The Sky Blues have shipped goals in all but one of their last eight matches. Brighton should win this afternoon, but don’t expect it to be a goalfest. Our tip: under 2.5 goals.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta