Mathew Ryan relishing FA Cup date


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Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan has his sights set on an upset ahead of the Seagulls’ FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester City at Wembley next month.

Albion take on the Premier League champions on April 6 and are 21.00 to win the match in 90 minutes, a draw is 8.50 and City can be backed at 1.13.

Brighton will be competing in an FA Cup semi-final for the first time in 36 years and Ryan says the players and fans should enjoy the occasion, also believing they can pull off an upset and reach the final.

“As a town and a city for where Brighton are now from where they’ve come from, it’s great just to be representing the area,” he told the Brighton and Hove Independent.

“I think we’ve made everyone proud and come the semi-final it’ll give us another opportunity to do it again.

“I’m proud to be representing our club, our fans, and where the club has come from in the past with the dark days and the struggles that they had.

“Now we’re consistently fighting in the Premier League and a semi-final in the FA Cup is something that we can all be proud of.”

He added: “Millwall [in the quarter-finals] was my first FA Cup game so it’s definitely going to be a memorable one.

“I’m sure the second one is going to be just as memorable and I’m looking forward to the occasion.”

Brighton host Southampton next weekend and then travel to Chelsea in the Premier League before their FA Cup date. Albion are 2.60 to beat Saints and 23.00 to win 3-1.

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