Oddschecker football writer Ryan Elliott is not optimistic of a goal-fest at The Hawthorns in Albion's replay against West Brom.

The Result

It’s a fixture both managers could do without but this FA Cup fourth round tie must be seen through to its conclusion, as a home clash with Derby County awaits.

The less said about the 0-0 draw at The Amex last weekend the better. Both bosses fielded much-changed sides – though the Seagulls’ XI should still have brushed aside West Brom’s youngsters – and you can expect more or the same today.

After that dreadful second-half performance at Fulham and the goalless draw with Watford, Brighton are looking at risk of being sucked into a full-fledged relegation battle, meaning the luxury of playing a strong side in the FA Cup has vanished…for now.

The Baggies have issues of their own – just one Championship win in five has seen them fall seven points behind the top two (with a game in hand), so Darren Moore will in no way risk his big guns for this midweek replay.

The conglomeration of the Seagulls’ away form (nine defeats in 13) and West Brom’s recent Hawthorns record (two wins in their last nine) could well lead to another snoozefest, but where is the value in the result market?

8/11 for Brighton to progress to the next round – either within the 90 minutes or beyond – looks like a decent price. The Baggies lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace at home to crash out of the EFL Cup this season, and while both sides will make wholesale changes, Albion have a deeper squad than their hosts, and I’m hoping they’ll have enough to get over the line this time around.


The Banker

If you’re after a banker, look no further than backing the scores to be level after 30 minutes.

While their first team score goals for fun in the Championship, West Brom’s ‘second team’ have scored just one pre-30 minute goal in their five cup matches so far this season, and barely threatened Albion's goal in their first encounter.

The Argus:

The Seagulls have scored just three goals in their last five matches, so an early away goal is also unlikely.

4/6 is the best price for this banker.


The Longshot

For a cheeky 6/1 longshot, it’s worth considering either side to win on penalties.

This one is fairly self-explanatory; neither side looked much like scoring first time around, and a cold, midweek replay featuring two heavily-rotated sides isn’t conducive to goals suddenly flying in.

If this ends all square after the 90, a shootout becomes a big possibility.