Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
All eyes will be on Bet365 Stadium when Stoke City take on Brighton in the FA Cup round 64. The Potters are undefeated in the previous six Championship games, but the Seagulls will pose a much bigger threat for Steven Schumacher’s men than their previous rivals. Jordan Thompson is banned for the match, while all Frank Fielding, Enda Stevens, Tyrese Campbell, and Emre Ezgel are out of contention with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with West Ham United in their last league match. As Brighton are eager to book their place in European competitions through FA Cup, away win should definitely be considered. Talented Ireland striker Evan Ferguson returns to the starting XI, while Kaoru Mitoma and Simon Adingra are on international duty. The likes of Joel Veltman, Julio Enciso, Solly March, and Ansu Fati are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.
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.