Albion have been chosen to test Video Assistant Referees.

Their FA Cup third round clash against arch rivals Crystal Palace at the Amex on Monday January 8 (7.45pm) has been selected for a live trial of the so-called VAR system.

The FA announced in March they intended to use VARs in this season’s FA Cup from the third round onwards.

Albion’s all Premier League tie against Palace, live on BT Sport, has been picked as the Amex has the infrastructure needed for the technology to be properly implemented.

Boss Chris Hughton has given VARs - reviewing from a studio decisions at the request of the match referee - a lukewarm welcome.

He said: “My opinion is probably that I’ll tell you afterwards! I know the reasons why they are trying it.

“Things change. At some stage there wasn’t a fourth official and so video technology I’m sure will continue to develop. You can only assess afterwards.

“If the general sense of opinion is that it has benefitted the game then of course that’s a plus. If it hasn’t then I’m quite sure it will either be scrapped or there will be another thought process that goes into it.”

VARs are already being used, with mixed success, in top leagues throughout Europe such as the Bundesliga in Germany and Serie A in Italy.

Opponents include legendary Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who says they are making the game “ugly” and like “playing water polo”.

Secret video technology trials have reportedly been held at Premier League fixtures in the expectation of a change to the laws of the game in March and use of the system at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Live testing took place at England’s recent friendly with Germany at Wembley and, as well as selected FA Cup ties, the system will be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals and final.

Hughton, meanwhile, is half-satisfied with drawing Palace, a repeat of last week’s Premier League meeting at the Amex which ended in a dull stalemate.

He said: “The two things you are always after is a home tie and a team in a different division. We got one out of two and at least we have the home tie.

“There is the excitement of it being Palace. Our supporters will see it as the big one.”