Premier League Preview – Brighton & Hove Albion
The derby returns to South London for the first time in almost five years this weekend and it is a fixture that is as important as ever.
With Brighton close to achieving safety and Palace still needing more points, the rivalry will be as intense as ever in and around Selhurst ahead of kick off.
Roy Hodgson knows the importance of this fixture and the players will not need to be told twice. The need for three points perhaps exceeds the rivalry with at least two more wins needed from the final five games of the season.
With the disappointment of grabbing a draw from the jaws of victory last weekend at Bournemouth, the players will be keen to make up for dropping two points.
Brighton travel to Selhurst Park just four points better off but they have yet to win away from home in the Premier League so far this year, their last being at the beginning of November at Swansea.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke (groin) and Alexander Sorloth will both face late fitness tests. Connor Wickham (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle), Bakary Sako (ankle), Scott Dann (knee) and Jason Puncheon (knee) continue to miss out.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION – Neither Isaiah Brown (knee) or Steve Sidwell (back) are available while Davy Propper is suspended.
The last time the two sides met at Selhurst Park was back in May 2013, the Championship semi-final first leg. It was notable for a terrible knee injury suffered by the then Palace striker Glenn Murray which kept him out of action for a number of months. The game ended goalless, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of the second leg on the South Coast.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 08/01/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 28/11/2017 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 13/05/2013 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 10/05/2013 Crystal Palace 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 17/03/2013 Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 07/04/2018 Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 31/03/2018 Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
- 17/03/2018 Huddersfield 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 10/03/2018 Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 05/03/2018 Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United
Last FIVE results for Brighton;
- 07/04/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Huddersfield Town
- 31/03/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City
- 17/03/2018 Manchester United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 10/03/2018 Everton 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 04/03/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.23
- James Tomkins 7.23
- Shane Duffy 7.14
- Lewis Dunk 7.03
ONE TO WATCH
JOSE HERIBERTO IZQUIERDO MENA
Former clubs – Deportivo Pereira, Once Caldas, Club Brugge
The 25 year old began his career with local side Deportivo Pereira in 2010 before moving to fellow Colombian side Once Caldas in 2013. A move to Belgium took place the following year and it was there that his prolific stint was noticed by Brighton who paid £13.5million for the winger. He has four caps for Colombia to date after making his debut in 2017. Not bad for a player who had parents that wanted him to become a tennis player, and also taking a break following the sad loss of his brother in a traffic accident.
Final league position – 16th
A debut season in the top division is all about survival for pretty much every club that makes it. Manager Chris Hughton has done an excellent job at the club this season, bringing in players that have all bought into the ethos of the club and all making a valid contribution. Away form has been questionable but their results at the Amex has seen them through to a position where they are on the brink of securing safety and an all important second season at the top table.
- TEB prediction – home win
- The Albion Roar prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 5/6
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 7/2
- Both teams to score – 11/10