BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Eddie Howe, Manager of AFC Bournemouth greets Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vitality Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Brighton Starting XI for Their FA Cup Clash With Bournemouth

FA Cup duty offers some respite from the hard slog of the Premier League, and Brighton will be grateful for that after throwing away a two goal lead against West Ham during the week. 


They have the opportunity to immediately restore the recent feel good factor that has been present at the club by advancing to the next round of the FA Cup, but standing in their way is a side that is more than capable of matching them.


Here's how Brighton could line up against Bournemouth in Saturday's early kick-off.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Button (GK) - Despite his horror show against West Ham, Button seems to be Brighton's go-to guy with Mat Ryan away on Australia duty.


Martin Montoya (RB) - Montoya seems to have cemented his place as Brighton's first choice at right-back, and that doesn't seem likely to change for this one. 


Shane Duffy (CB) - Other than the three matches he missed due to suspension last month, Duffy has been ever-present for the Seagulls in the league, and is once again likely to be given the nod here.


Lewis Dunk (CB) - Dunk endured a bit of a nightmare last time he faced Bournemouth, receiving a red card in the second half as his side lost 2-0, so he'll be keen to redeem himself.


Gaetan Bong (LB) - With Bernardo struggling with injury, it's likely Chris Hughton will instead turn to Bong to fill in on the left of the defence.

2. Midfielders

Pascal Gross (CM) - Since returning from injury in November, Gross has showed few signs of ring-rust, and his creativity will be key if they are to get through to the next round.


Dale Stephens (CDM) - Stephens' return to the starting XI has yielded some positive results in recent weeks, and Brighton will be hoping for the same again here. 


Davy Propper (CM) - Another virtual ever-present (save for a four game absence with injury) Propper is another who will likely be central to any joy Brighton have at the Vitality Stadium.

3. Forwards

Anthony Knockaert (RW) - Knockaert has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, but his ability is rarely in question, and FA Cup duty could see him earn a first start since the defeat to Chelsea last month.


Florin Andone (CF) - Hughton rarely starts the ageing Glenn Murray twice in a week these days, and should that trend continue, Andone will be more than keen to step in once again.


Solly March (LW) - Completing the attacking trio is likely to be Solly March over Jurgen Locadia, providing a more balanced alternative to Jurgen Locadia on the left.