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Monday, 17 February 2014

FA Cup Preview - Brighton v Hull City

Brighton play Hull City in tonight's FA Cup 5th Round tie, which kicks off at 19.45.

Brighton look set to be boosted by the return of Will Buckley to the starting line-up and promising midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey could also make the Seagulls’ first XI after overcoming a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Hull striker Sone Aluko looks set for his first start in four months. The former Rangers striker is expected to line-up alongside Shane Long in attack, with Nikica Jelavic cup-tied.

Several more fringe players are also pressing for a start, with George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo, Robert Koren, Abdoulaye Faye and Robbie Brady all in contention.

This will be Hull's third away trip in the Cup this season, having already having won 0-2 away at Middlesbrough, and again at Southend.

Brighton and Hull have only met twice in the FA Cup, in 1985 and a year later in 1986, with the Seagulls winning on both occasions.

Neither club have won the trophy, with Brighton going the closest - losing a replay of the 1983 Final to Manchester United. Meanwhile, Hull have only ever been as far as the semi-finals, achieving that once in 1930.

Brighton are firmly in the hunt for a Championship play-off spot, currently in seventh, four points being sixth placed Reading, but with a game in hand.

Recent form has been decent, if unspectacular, with successive 1-0 home wins over Doncaster and Leeds coming off the back of defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road and a 0-0 draw away to Burnley.

Hull are currently 13th in the Premier League, but only three points separate them from Sunderland in 18th position.

Recent form has been patchy at best. The Tigers have won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five games, with their most recent result a 0-1 home defeat to Southampton.

First goalscorer?

Betfred have Double Delight and Hat-Trick Heaven available on the game. Shane Long has scored twice in his last three games for Hull, fancy the Republic of Ireland man to open the scoring tonight? Will Brighton take the lead at the Amex? Leonardo Ulloa has scored the decisive goal in Brighton’s last two - will he be first on the scoresheet again this evening?

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Verdict

Steve Bruce may have experienced three FA Cup wins as a player, but top-flight survival is the main priority for Hull this season. Brighton are a difficult side to beat, especially at home, a fact that’s backed up by all of their last four games at the Amex ending in 1-0 victories. Another narrow victory for the home-side could be on the cards this evening.

Brighton 2 Hull City 1.

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