Brighton will qualify for the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second successive season with victory over Derby County on Saturday.
bet365 match odds: Brighton 4/5, Draw 14/5, Derby 15/4
Meanwhile, the Rams will arrive at the Amex Stadium determined to avoid crashing out of the competition at the fifth round stage for the fifth successive season.
The Seagulls are on a wretched run of form in the league and steadily dropping down the table. A five-match winless streak has left Chris Hughton’s men perilously close to the relegation zone.
It would be understandable if Brighton fans were conflicted about their club's FA Cup run.
There is a school of thought, and not without merit, positing that an extended cup run detracts from the club's to core priority - that of preserving it's Premier League status.
Yet the corollary is also not without merit; a good cup run could prove the catalyst for a turnaround in league fortunes.
Fortunately Hughton doesn't have to worry about competing priorities this time round when picking his team for the visit of the Rams.
Brighton effectively have a league bye next weekend. They were scheduled to play Chelsea but the latter will be contesting the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City.
This stroke of scheduling luck means Hughton will have the luxury of picking his best XI for Saturday's tie.
But the Seagulls will hold no fears for Derby, who have already dumbed another top flight club, Southampton, out of the competition.
The Rams will relish the opportunity to test themselves against ‘superior’ opponents.
Derby have not beaten Brighton in the last five meetings between the two sides, a record they will be desperate to correct.
Brighton striker Florin Andone misses out following a retrospective three-match ban for his FA Cup fourth round indiscretions.
The Romania forward was cited for elbowing West Brom’s Sam Field in the previous round.
José Isquierdo is back in the frame after two and half months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Solly March will be assessed for an ankle injury, with the forward rated doubtful for the tie.
Derby boss Frank Lampard is expected to make several changes to the ‘weakened’ side that drew 1-1 with Ipswich in midweek.
Tom Lawrence is tipped to continue in midfield after making his return from injury at Portman Road.
Tom Huddlestone, Mason Mount and Jack Marriott all missed the trio to Ipswich. The latter duo remain sidelined with injury by Huddlestone is set to feature.
Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson is a doubt after picking up a knock against Ipswich. Another loanee, Andy King, is cup-tied having already play for his parent club Leicester City.
Brighton to win @ 17/20 bet365
Glenn Murray to score anytime @ 11/10 bet365
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