Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
The American Express Stadium will host Saturday’s FA Cup game between Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday. Brighton have been producing fine performances in the Premier League this season, and it seems as if their displays are much better than the results. Brighton did well to beat Bournemouth at home ground at the weekend, with the team creating a number of clear-cut chances to score.
The Owls, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the festive fixtures against Stoke City and Cardiff City, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be the team’s biggest problem in their FA Cup opener. Anyhow, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Brighton, who have turned their American Express Stadium into a real fortress. In their last meeting in a competitive match the Seagulls defeated the Owls 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Davy Pröpper):
Born in Arnhem, Netherlands on September 2, 1991, Davy Propper is a Dutch footballer who plays for Brighton in the Premier League as a midfielder. Propper is a product of Vitesse football school and you should know that he scored 18 goals in 142 appearances for his hometown club in the Eredivisie.
After ending his spell with Vitesse, Davy Propper joined fellow Dutch side PSV where he scored 16 goals in 67 appearances in the national championship. In 2017 the Dutch footballer decided to take a step forward in his career as he signed a deal with the Seagulls.
Davy Propper has established himself as a first-team regular at Brighton and, to make things even better for him, he represented Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both attacking and defensive midfielder as well. Davy Propper made his senior debut for the Dutch national football team on June 5, 2015 against USA, replacing captain Robin van Persie in the 57th minute.
Highlighted Team (Sheffield Wednesday):
Sheffield Wednesday are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Sheffield (South Yorkshire). The Owls compete in the English second tier (Championship) and they play their home matches at Hillsborough.
The venue was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster which occurred in 1989 when 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the FA Cup semi-final. It has to be noted that the World Cup (1966) and the Euro (1996) matches were played at Hillsborough.
Sheffield Wednesday have won four First Division trophies (1902/2903, 1903/1904, 1928/1929, 1929/2930) and they finished the 1960/1961 campaign in second place in the standings. The Owls have clinched three FA Cup trophies (1896, 1907, 1935), with the team winning the League Cup in 1991.
Sheffield Wednesday defeated English giants Manchester United (1-0) in the title game. Sheffield United are regarded as the Owls’ main rivals and the two teams face each other in the Steel City derby.