Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Riverside Stadium will host Saturday’s FA Cup game between Middlesbrough and Brighton, who meet for the first time since January 2018. Back then Brighton eliminated Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last 32 thanks to Glenn Murray’s late goal, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. The Boro have been in a fine form of late, with the team extending their winning run to three games at Birmingham, but they will have a mountain to climb against the Premier League side.
Defender Matt Clarke should be the only absentee in the home side. Meanwhile, the Seagulls impressed in a 4-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park, and regardless of which players Roberto De Zerbi will deploy in the starting XI against Middlesbrough, away win should be considered. All Mac Allister, Trossard, Lamptey, and Lallana are pushing for recalls to the starting XI, while Moder, Webster, and Welbeck should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Paddy McNair):
Following in the footsteps of his compatriot Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair joined the Manchester United academy in 2011 and he was surprisingly handed first team debut by Louis van Gaal at the start of the 2014/2015 season.
Despite his fragile age, the talented central defender has been putting in some very mature performances ever since, and everything suggests he could go on to become an important player at Old Trafford in years to come. After representing a number of youth sides, McNair made his first appearance for the Northern Ireland senior national team in a March 2015 friendly vs Scotland, before making another three outings as his side secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill surprisingly played McNair in holding midfield in the March 2016 friendly vs Wales. After the youngster impressed in the middle of the park, O’Neill went on to suggest that the Manchester United starlet may be used in midfield rather than defence in years to come in the national team.
Highlighted Team (Brighton):
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club were formed in 1901. The Seagulls welcome their opponents at Falmer Stadium and the capacity of Brighton’s home ground is 30,750. The stadium was built in 2008 and it was opened in 2011. The venue is known for commercial purposes as American Express Community Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion compete in the Premier League and they play in blue and white stripes. The colour of Brighton’s away kit is green. The club made it to the FA Cup final in 1983, but English giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils.
Brighton’s main rivals are Crystal Palace and the Seagulls have recorded 35 wins over the Eagles. Frank Stapleton, Martin Chivers, Joe Corrigan, Bobby Zamora, Mark Lawrenson, Bobby Smith, John Crumplin and Frank Worthington are notable footballers who played for Brighton in the past. The Albion is Preston’s yet another nickname.