FA Cup Preview – Brighton & Hove Albion
While the league match a few weeks ago focused on off the pitch issues, the use of the Video Assistant Referee seems to be the talking point ahead of this game.
Many outside the two clubs including plenty in the media refuse to accept this fixture as a ‘true’ rivalry but there is no taking away this fact from the clubs or sets of fans who know the story. This will be the first meeting in the FA Cup since 1976 which took three games to settle and it will be only the second meeting since May 2013.
It remains to be seen how the two clubs approach this game but that does not take any of the significance away from the tie, both will want to win this both for a place in the next round as well as bragging rights of their rivals.
Palace travel back to the South Coast off the back of an excellent win at Southampton last week while the hosts were held to a draw at home to Bournemouth. There is only one point separating the sides in the Premier League table.
Both clubs are likely to field some fringe players but there is no doubting those players will know just what this fixture means and they themselves will have a point to prove in an effort to secure a regular starting spot.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Scott Dann (knee), Jason Puncheon (knee), Mamadou Sakho (calf) and Connor Wickham (knee) all miss out. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (knock) and Joel Ward (groin) are major doubts.
BRIGHTON – Ezequiel Schelotto (knock) is a slight doubt while Steve Sidwell (back) will not feature.
The last time the two sides met was a dour goalless draw at the Amex which will be remembered for the off field antics more than those on it. Palace have not faced Brighton in a cup competition since 1991, which was a Full Members Cup tie on the South Coast which the Eagles won 2-0. Before that there was a meeting in the same competition in 1985 at Selhurst Park which Brighton won 3-1. And you’ll have to go all the way back to 1976 to find an FA Cup tie between the sides which turned out to be a real battle. The first game was drawn as was the replay but Palace won the second replay 1-0.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 28/11/2017 Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 13/05/2013 Brighton 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 10/05/2013 Crystal Palace 0-0 Brighton
- 17/03/2013 Brighton 3-0 Crystal Palace
- 01/12/2012 Crystal Palace 3-0 Brighton
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 02/01/2018 Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 31/12/2017 Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
- 28/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
- 23/12/2017 Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 16/12/2017 Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Brighton;
- 01/01/2018 Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth
- 30/12/2017 Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton
- 26/12/2017 Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
- 23/12/2017 Brighton 1-0 Watford
- 16/12/2017 Brighton 0-0 Burnley
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.26
- James Tomkins 7.18
- Shane Duffy 7.15
- Lewis Dunk 7.02
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – VfL Neckarau, 1899 Hoffenheim, Karlsruher SC, FC Ingolstadt
The 26 year old midfielder began his career in the youth system at VfL Neckarau before moving on to Hoffenheim where he made a handful of appearance before signing for Karlsruher in 2011. The German failed to make a significant impact at the Bundesliga club and signed for Ingolstadt in 2012 which was a club where he found his form and went on to make over 150 appearances, scoring 17 goals. Grob has appeared for his country at both under 18 and under 19 level. Brighton Chris Hughton brought German to the Amex in the summer for an undisclosed fee.
The two sides are evenly matched this season but a lot will depend on how the managers approach this game. With a number of first choice players already missing through injury, Roy Hodgson will not have much choice to shuffle his pack while Chris Hughton may have a decision to make as to whether his side focuses on the league as all newly promoted sides tend to do. However, more is expected from this match up than what we saw in the league game not so long ago. But we are tipping the Eagles for a narrow win in order to progress to the fourth round of the cup.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 17/10
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 17/10
- Both teams to score – 11/10