Skipper Ryan Shawcross has labelled Albion's visit to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday as Stoke's biggest game of the season.

The Potters dropped back into the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference with Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth, which has left them three points adrift of the Seagulls.

Shawcross told the Stoke website: "It will be a tough game, they got a good win at the weekend, but if we get the points then it lifts everyone and hopefully us out of the relegation zone.

"We're massively disappointed. We want to get out of the situation we're in, so we'll have to fight to get as many points as possible and Brighton is now a huge game for us."

Stoke used to be regarded as one of the toughest places to go in the Premier League, but they have lost at home five times already this season and Albion have taken the same number of home points at the Amex.

Shawcross said: "It's pivotal we have that battling spirit from now until the end of the season - we need teams to be scared coming to our place.

"It's up to us to really press teams into making mistakes and getting as high up the pitch as possible. If we do that and get that atmosphere going, then I'm sure we can win."

Albion will be roared on by 3,200 fans after selling out their allocation.

Meanwhile, Coventry will have the biggest away following of the season at the Amex for their FA Cup fifth round visit later this month.

The League Two underdogs have been allocated more than 4,500 tickets by the Seagulls in the south stand for the Saturday February 17 tie (3pm).

Tickets priced £18 for adults, £12 for OAP's and under-21s, £6 for under-18s, go on general sale to Albion fans from tomorrow.

Only the lower north, east and west sections of the ground will be open unless demand dictates a change.