Stoke – Brighton Predictions
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Stoke 0-1 Brighton
Date: 28.02.2023 | Match at: 20:15 | League: ENGLAND: FA CUP – 1/8-FINALS | Tip: Away Win | Odds: 1.48 | Bookie: Unibet.
Stoke – Brighton Predictions and Preview
- Stoke City’s busy schedule will continue with a third consecutive midweek game, testing the full depth of their squad as one of seven English Football League sides remaining in the final 16 of the FA Cup. A recent 1-0 loss at home to playoff-chasing Millwall extended their run of inconsistency to six games with no consecutive results the same, a pattern they’ll hope continues for one more match if it means progression into the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2011/12.
- The home side are no strangers to punching above their weight in English cup competition since being demoted to the Championship, winning four of their seven clashes (L3) with Premier League (PL) clubs in either the FA or EFL Cup since being relegated. Yet after losing the majority of their Championship games this season when facing the best sides in the division (results vs current top-ten clubs: W3, D2, L9), an upset against Brighton appears unlikely.
- Unlike their hosts, PL club Brighton were afforded the luxury of a weekend off to prepare for this fixture, whilst any touchline ban that manager Roberto de Zerbi could face for his sending off and post-game outburst after a 1-0 home loss to Fulham looks set to be postponed until their next PL fixture against West Ham United.
- The Seagulls have every reason to be one of the most confident sides in the final 16 after eliminating defending champions Liverpool in the previous round (2-1), three weeks after thrashing Championship top-six side Middlesbrough away (5-1). But this is an away trip Brighton have struggled with for decades, highlighted by the fact that it has been more than 60 years since the Gulls were indeed “able to do it on a cold night (or any day for that matter) in Stoke”, failing in each of their last 16 attempts across all competitions (D7, L9).
- Players to watch: Jacob Brown opened the scoring in Stoke’s comfortable FA Cup wins over Stevenage (3-1) and Hartlepool (3-0), whilst Brighton midfielder Kaoru Mitoma followed up his last-gasp winner against Liverpool with another one in a PL victory against Bournemouth just a few days later.
- Hot streak: Brighton’s last six matches across all competitions produced a half-time draw.