Absentees concern Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is concerned that the Seagulls' excellent run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup has come at a cost.

Hughton's side defeated Championship side Derby County 2-1 in Saturday's fifth-round tie thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia.

However, Hughton has revealed that veteran striker Glenn Murray, who scored twice in the fourth-round replay win at West Brom, is struggling with a calf injury while Davy Propper missed Saturday's match because of illness.

Lewis Dunk and Leon Balogun were not involved in the match because of injury so Hughton handed a first call-up to the squad for teenage defender Leo Ostigard.

Hughton said of Murray: "He just felt his calf very slightly, but certainly enough, the same with Dunky, for him not to be available.

"And then we will push as hard as we can to get them fit for the Leicester game (on 26th February).

"Glenn probably more so than Dunky would have been involved. I think Dan Burn has done very well in the games he has played.

"Davy [Propper] was ill, trained on Friday and then didn't feel great. We assessed him and he was definitely not well enough to play.

"It's unusual for us. Generally we've been good with injuries but it was a difficult week with Leon Balogun injured as well in training, his shoulder. Probably that makes the result even more pleasing."

Locadia picked up an ankle injury against the Rams while Florin Andone is suspended.

Brighton, 8/1 to be relegated this season, are available at 10/3 to beat Leicester and 16/1 to win the FA Cup.

City halt gallant Newport

Manchester City eventually brought an end to the gallant FA Cup run of plucky Newport County as they ran out 4-1 winners at Rodney Parade.

The Welsh minnows walked away with their heads held high however, having held the Premier League champions scoreless for 51 minutes.

Indeed, Newport came with inches of sensationally grabbing the lead in the first half, despite being ranked more than 80 places below Man City in the footballing ladder.

A long throw from Mickey Demetriou bounced all the way through to the back post and Tyreeq Bakinson stooped to head goal-ward from five-yards, only for Ederson to produce a sublime one-handed stop down to his right, on a night when Gordon Banks was recalled before the game began.

Leroy Sane's shot on 51 minutes flew straight at goalkeeper Joe Day, cannoning into his face and leaving him with a bloodied nose before it looped over the goal line to give Pep Guardiola's men the lead.

Phil Foden appeared to have made the win safe on 75 minutes but Newport's FA Cup specialist Padraig Amond took advantage of some hesitant defending on 88 minutes, toe-poking over Ederson from 20-yards to briefly put the home side back in the contest.

City responded within 71 seconds as Foden grabbed his second and Riyad Mahrez added a fourth deep into stoppage time.

Brighton are also into the last-eight after overcoming Derby County 2-1 at the Amex Stadium, while Millwall continued their FA Cup progress with a 1-0 win away at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. The winning trio join Watford in the hat for the quarter-finals.

Manchester City are 1/1 to win the FA Cup this season, with Watford 12/1 and Brighton now 16/1 to hoist the trophy at Wembley.

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Hughton has faith in Murray

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has indicated that he will hand a place in his starting line-up to Glenn Murray for the FA Cup clash with Derby County.

The veteran striker came off the bench to score a brace as the Seagulls edged to victory after extra time in the fourth-round replay at West Brom earlier this month.

Hughton has few attacking options at his disposal as Florin Andone is suspended so Murray and Jurgen Locadia could start in the fifth-round encounter against the Rams at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton's next game is not until 26th February when they take on Leicester City in the Premier League so Hughton may be tempted to field a strong side on Saturday lunchtime.

He said: "We are conscious that we've got the extra three days. We don't play until the Tuesday.

"Glenn [Murray] has been a very durable individual. We've got a few knocks and bruises but generally the decision I will make will be because of selection – opportunities, having a strong bench and so on, working around some of the knocks that I've got.

"But if you are asking about Glenn as an individual he doesn't pick up too many injuries so, no, I'd have no problem playing Glenn.

"There is not going to be anyone playing who has been that far away and that much of a surprise. So yes, a win on Saturday is a win for the team and a win for the squad."

Brighton, 20/1 to win the FA Cup outright this season, can be backed at 4/11 to qualify for the quarter-finals by beating Derby with Murray available at 11/10 to score at any time in the game.

Dyche seeks Clarets consistency

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says the players have to achieve consistency if they want to stay clear of the bottom three in the Premier League.

The Clarets are undefeated in six league games, having won three in a row at the turn of the year and having drawn their last three.

That run of form has enabled them to keep their heads above water in the relegation fight but only just.

They sit fourth from bottom of the Premier League table, two points clear of Cardiff who are in the final relegation place.

So, while on the back of a good recent run, they cannot afford to let their standards slip if they want to stay above the bottom three.

They are away to Brighton on Saturday with Dyche confident they are playing their way out of trouble.

He said at a press conference: "I look (at the table) but I am not staring at it every day because I know we can take care of ourselves and that is what we have to do.

"We have to keep performing at a high level, we have to stay consistent because if we don't then we know from earlier in the season that it doesn't pay you back.

"But our levels are rising all the time now I think."

Burnley are 11/4 to win away on Saturday with Brighton 1/1 and the draw 23/10.

Dyche also told the assembled media that Steven Defour is unlikely to be involved at the Amex Stadium, but both Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are available.

They face a Brighton side struggling for form with just one victory out of their last 10 league games, a run which has left them in mid-table but just five points clear of Cardiff.

Burnley are 15/8 to be relegated at the end of the season while Brighton are 16/1.

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Murray relishes Cup challenge

Veteran striker Glenn Murray is excited about the prospects of Brighton being able to mount a challenge for glory in the FA Cup this season.

Murray scored twice in extra-time as the Seagulls won a fourth round replay 3-1 at West Brom, setting up a home clash with another Championship side, Derby County, in the next round.

And Murray is clearly highly motivated by the challenge of the FA Cup, telling his club's official website: "You never know what can happen in this competition, some of the bigger sides are already out.

"But we've got a tough enough tie next against Derby County. We know what they're about, they've got some good talent and we'll be wary of them.

"This is still a very special competition and it's always a chance to turn your attention away from the league, going head-to-head to win a game with nothing to lose."

Albion reached the last eight in the FA Cup last season, where they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United.

United were also the team to deny Brighton on the only occasion that they have reached the FA Cup final, winning 4-0 in a Wembley replay in 1982 after the first match had ended in a 2-2 draw.

Brighton can be backed at 20/1 to win the FA Cup this season, with United priced at 6/1 and holders Chelsea available at 11/2.

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Hughton reveals FA Cup target

Chris Hughton is confident that his Brighton side can get to the final of the FA Cup this season ahead of their replay against West Brom.

The Seagulls boss is aware that the number of top Premier League teams remaining in the competition has dwindled after Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal's demise, while Chelsea or Manchester United will be eliminated in round five as the pair meet at Stamford Bridge.

However, after being held to a goalless draw by the Baggies at the Amex Stadium, a tricky fourth-round replay at Championship side West Brom awaits on Wednesday evening, while a fifth-round clash with Derby is up next for the winners.

Brighton have a realistic chance to make the quarter-finals and, while they are just five points clear of the Premier League's relegation places, there is some scope for them to enjoy a run in the cup.

However, Hughton, who is set to give the likes of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and David Button a run-out in the game, has guarded against complacency going to The Hawthorns.

"There are a lot of Premier League sides out of the competition now, so there is an opportunity for teams to progress," Hughton said.

"But you can't go into a game thinking a match will be easy, because as soon as you do, you won't get through to the next round.

"I see it opening up for some who are not the favourites though, and that's the great thing about this competition."

Brighton, who are 33/1 to win the FA Cup, are 6/4 to win on Wednesday, while West Brom are priced at 2/1 and the draw at 90 minutes is 12/5.

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Moore happy to give youth a chance

West Brom boss Darren Moore says he is happy to put his faith in youth again when his side face Brighton.

The pair clash at The Hawthorns on Wednesday in an FA Cup fourth round replay, having only managed a 0-0 draw in their original meeting last month.

With loan signings Jacob Murphy cup-tied and Jefferson Montero and Stefan Johansen ineligible having joined after the first tie, Moore will again look to rotate.

Teenagers Jonathan Leko and Rekeem Harper, as well as 20-year-old Sam Field all started at the Amex and look set to get the nod again on Wednesday.

The boss has a reason to give them a chance, with him needing to manage his troops as they also balance their promotion hopes, currently sitting fourth in the Championship table.

Moore says the way the youngsters performed in the original tie demonstrates the fine work the club are doing behind the scenes and admits he will have no qualms fielding them this midweek.

He said: "Last week (against Brighton) they gave a good account of themselves. It shows the work we've been doing at the academy.

"I've kept them in and around the squad and they've benefited from it. I've played them in the cup and the league, brought them in here and there.

"They've shown that they are capable of holding their own. If it's right for me to select them I'll have no hesitation in doing so."

West Brom are 21/10 to win on Wednesday, with the draw 12/5 and the Seagulls 29/20.

The Baggies are 6/4 to earn promotion from the Championship.

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Hughton brings in young duo

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has signed Jan Mlakar and Tudor-Cristian Baluta although they will remain with their clubs on loan until the end of the season.

Mlakar joins the Seagulls from Maribor while Baluta moves to the Amex Stadium from Viitorul Constanta.

Both players have signed three-and-a-half-year contracts with the club.

Mlakar, a 20-year-old striker, said: "It happened very quickly. Two days ago my agent told me that Brighton wanted me here, so I didn't think too much about it and accepted their offer. I'm really glad to be here.

"I know that the club has a lot of history and I've watched their last few games too. I know that they always want to be better, and that's perfect for me."

Meanwhile, Romania international Baluta, 19, said: "I'm very happy to be here – it's a great day for me and to decide to be part of this club is the best decision that I've made.

"I'm really happy and can't wait to get started in the summer, I chose the club because of the facilities and everything here.

"The training ground, the staff, the first team, the stadium – everything is incredible, and I think I've made the right decision. It's always been my dream to play in England and now I'm close to doing that, I can't wait to play for the team."

Brighton entertain Watford on Saturday and can be backed at 31/20 to beat the Hornets and at 2/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Tielemans joins Foxes

Leicester City have signed Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan for the rest of the season, confirming the move on transfer deadline day.

In a generally quiet deadline day, Tielemans arrives at the King Power Stadium with Adrien Silva moving in the opposite direction.

Tielemans, a Belgian international, spent the first four years of his career at Anderlecht, joining Monaco in 2017, making 47 appearances for the club.

He said he was delighted to be moving to the Premier League, adding: "The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and when I was young, I always watched Premier League games."

Silva leaves Leicester having been out of the first team picture, making just one Premier League appearance this season.

Tielemans could make his debut on Sunday when Leicester are at home to Manchester United. The Foxes are 12/5 for the win with United 1/1 and the draw 13/5.

Leicester are 1/2 to finish the season in the top half of the Premier League while they are 50/1 to make the top six.

In other deals Swansea's Wilfried Bony has joined Qatari side Al Arabi on loan for the rest of the season. The striker, who has had two spells at the Liberty Stadium, sees his Swans contract expire at the end of the season.

Brighton have signed a couple of youngsters before the deadline. Striker Jan Mlakar joins from Solvenian side NK Maribor with midfielder Tudor-Cristian Baluta coming in from Romanian FC Viitorul Constanta.

Both have returned to their original clubs on loan for the rest of the season, joining the Seagulls permanently in the summer.

A possible late deal involves Michy Batshuayi joining Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the season, though it is yet to be confirmed. The striker, who had a successful loan spell with Borussia Dortmund last season, has spent the first half of this campaign at Valencia where he has scored one goal in 15 appearances.

Also, Fulham have signed Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit on loan for the rest of the season.

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Fulham’s form baffles Hughton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton accepts that it will be difficult for his side to beat relegation-threatened Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Claudio Ranieri's side were unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Tottenham in their last home game – Harry Winks grabbing a stoppage-time winner for the visitors – while they drew 2-2 at the Amex Stadium in September.

There has been little sign of improvement at Fulham since Ranieri replaced Slavisa Jokanovic as boss and they are 1/4 to be relegated this season.

The Seagulls have been poor on their travels this term – losing eight of their 12 away matches – and are 1/8 to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Hughton said of Fulham: "Their form probably hasn't been what they would have liked given who they brought in during the summer, but that's this division and the difficulties of the league.

"They performed well against Tottenham at home and should have probably got more from the game.

"They're always difficult games and we'll have to be at good level because of the quality and the options they have in the team. They've showed enough in their last home game to show they can be a real threat.

"Claudio has them a bit more focused on a structure and keeping things tight in the way they are now – but around that they still have quality players."

Brighton can be backed at 23/10 to win at Craven Cottage.