Brighton will be desperate to take another step towards Wembley and the FA Cup Final when they host Grimsby in their quarter-final tie on Sunday afternoon.
Roberto de Zerbi’s men last reached the FA Cup Final 40 years ago, but on that day, they were mauled 4-0 by Manchester United.
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Grimsby, meanwhile, have enjoyed a fairytale run to the last eight, and on their previous visit to the South Coast, they got the better of Southampton.
With an international break on the horizon, Brighton may well put out a fairly strong side as they have enjoyed an exceptional league campaign to date.
For Grimsby, the TV money will be an added bonus, but they won’t be here purely to make up the numbers.
So, how will things unfold? To ramp up the excitement for this clash, we have delved into the markets and handpicked a couple of tips for you to add to your betting slips.
Brighton to surge into the semi-finals
The Seagulls (excuse the pun) have swooped in this term, and given teams a nightmare in the competition (just ask Liverpool who were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline!).
Grimsby are aiming to become the first side from the fourth tier of English football to book their place in the last four.
However, they face a daunting challenge against a Brighton side that have enjoyed another great week.
A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday sees them occupying seventh spot, level on points with Liverpool, and Brighton owner Tony Bloom landed an £800,000 from a bet he placed on Champion Chase winner Energumene at Cheltenham.
Brighton have been in fine fettle, and they have only conceded twice in their past four matches in all competitions.
This could end up being a chastening afternoon for Grimsby, and Brighton could run riot. For my first pick, I have gone with the Seagulls to register a 4-0 victory, which is trading at 15/2 with bet365 in the Correct Score section.
Solly on the march for Brighton
While Kaoru Mitoma has been instrumental for Brighton, contributing 10 goal involvements in all competitions this term, Brighton can cause plenty of problems for teams going forward.
One of those players who is perhaps under-rated at times, is Solly March, and he’s been in splendid form.
He’s hit the target in his last two league outings, and he is one of those tricky players that Grimsby may struggle to contain.
I have a predilection that he could well find the back of the net against the Mariners, and he could round off the scoring. If you like the sound of that, then William Hill have obliged with an intriguing price of 13/2.
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