With the Premier League taking a break for a few weeks, the focus now shifts to the FA Cup this weekend and Brighton travel to Millwall in the quarter finals of the prestigious competition on Sunday.
Chris Hughton’s side can turn their attention away from their quest for Premier League survival as they face a favourable tie against the Championship’s 19th place side in search of a trip to Wembley.
The Seagulls are fortunate enough to travel to The Den with a near fully fit side and fancy their chances of a second successive win in south London as they take on Neil Harris’ men.
Here’s how Brighton could lineup for Sunday’s encounter.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Mathew Ryan (GK) – Unquestionably Brighton’s number one, the Australian stopper has been an ever present between the sticks when available, only missing games due to his involvement in the Asian Cup this season.
Martin Montoya (RB) – The former Barcelona full back has played the last 12 games for the Seagulls, dislodging club captain Bruno in the process.
Lewis Dunk (CB) – In nine years on the south coast, the Englishman has emerged as one of the countries finest centre halves – so much so he earned himself a call up to the national team last year.
Shane Duffy (CB) – The battling Irishman is crucial for Brighton with his effectiveness in both boxes, culminating in five Premier League goals this season, his partnership with Dunk is an integral part of the Seagulls’ side.
Bernardo (LB) – Another player who has found himself featuring in the first team more prominently recently, the former RB Leipzig full back can also fill in at centre back when needed.
Yves Bissouma (CM) – Having seen Pascal Gross ruled out for a while this season with injury, Bissouma has slotted into a deeper role in midfield to offer his other central partners the chance to roam forward more.
Dale Stephens (CM) – A workhorse in midfield, Hughton can rely on Stephens to put in a performance for any occasion. Much of Brighton’s play will go through the experienced midfielder.
Davy Propper (CM) – With Pascal Gross sidelined, it is Propper who has found himself taking the mantle of the creator in the side. The Dutchman will be crucial on Sunday to unpick what will be a resolute Millwall defence.
Anthony Knockaert (RW) – The Frenchman has shown on occasions glimpses of his ability, with his goal against Crystal Palace a timely reminder of the quality he possesses, however, hasn’t produced it as frequently as he would have hoped this season.
Glenn Murray (ST) – With 11 goals already this season Murray has once again proved that age is just a number, his fine form this season helping Brighton steer clear of relegation trouble for now.
Jurgen Locadia (LW) – While initially signed as a striker, Locadia has operated down the left for the majority of the season, unable to dislodge Murray as the central forward. Has the pace and power to trouble any team.