Lewis Dunk says Albion will treat their last nine games of the season like cup finals.

Dunk skippered the side to what proved to be a valuable point against high-flying Wolves last Saturday as results went Albion’s way.

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the early kick-off on Saturday, Arsenal sunk West Ham 1-0, arch rivals Crystal Palace defeated Watford 1-0, Sheffield United beat Norwich by the same score and then, on Monday night, Leicester thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 to keep them rooted in the drop zone.

The Seagulls now turn their attention to the last nine games of the season beginning with Arsenal’s visit to the Amex on Saturday.

Dunk, who has been one of head coach Graham Potter’s standout performers so far this season, says they are well prepared for the final run-in.

He said: “It is not going to get any easier until the end of the season.

“We have got nine massive games coming up – they are like cup finals.

“As long as we come out on top in some of them, then we will be all right.

“We will keep preparing, keep doing the right stuff and work hard on the training ground to make sure we are prepared for every single game.”

Albion will head into the game full of confidence as they are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Arsenal.

Graham Potter’s side beat the Gunners in December at the Emirates.

Arsenal cannot focus on Albion just yet as they make the trip to the Etihad to take on Manchester City in their rearranged Premier League fixture tonight.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland have announced their Euro 2020 play-off away to Slovakia on March 26 will be held behind closed doors due to coronavirus concerns.