Premier League Preview – Br*ghton & Hove Albion
If anything was to be taken from last season, it was not to have this fixture on a weeknight but the Premier League did not deem it important enough.
Both fan bases have one thing in common in being unanimous on this very point. Regardless, this is a fixture that both sets of fans will have looked for when the list was released in the summer with the hope that it is a more interesting match up than the stalemate last year.
Both sides head into the game off the back of decent victories but form often goes out of the window when it comes to derby matches. However, the hosts have managed seven points from their last five games compared to Palace’s four. In the last five games between the two sides, Palace have the edge with two wins to Brighton’s one.
Roy Hodgson will be keen for his side to build on recent good performances but will be all too aware that while there has not been a problem creating chances, converting them has been a real issue. The last three games has seen a big improvement on the pitch and a settled side has been key to that even though playing without a recognised striker.
The opposition will be keen to notch their first Premier League win over the Eagles and may take inspiration from their FA Cup win at the Amex last season.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke (knee) continues to miss out but Connor Wickham (thigh) and Scott Dann (fitness) are both in contention.
BRIGHTON – Bruno Salter (cramp) and Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) are slight doubts. Dale Stephens is suspended.
The last time the two sides met was at Selhurst Park in April which ended up a five goal thriller. The Eagles raced into a two goal lead courtesy of Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins but Glenn Murray halved the deficit before Zaha extended the advantage for the hosts. Jose Izquierdo ensured the visitors were in touching distance going into the break but there was no further scoring and took all three points from the derby.
Who Scored man of the match – Wilfried Zaha (9.0)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 14/04/2018 Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 01/12/2018 Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 10/11/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Brighton;
- 01/12/2018 Huddersfield Town 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 24/11/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City
- 10/11/2018 Cardiff City 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 03/11/2018 Everton 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 27/10/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
RECORD AGAINST BRIGHTON
- Played 99
- Won 36
- Drawn 25
- Lost 38
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.30
- Shane Duffy 7.30
- Luka Milivojevic 7.02
- Anthony Knockaert 6.93
READ my responses to the questions posed by We Are Brighton on the season so far for Palace, the Holmesdale Fanatics and the game itself
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Workington Reds, Wilmington Hammerheads, Barrow, Carlisle United, Stockport County (loan), Rochdale, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Reading (loan), AFC Bournemouth
There is no better introduction than to say that his prowess in front of goal is just what Palace need this season. There will rarely be a player that can be considered a legend for both clubs and while it is Brighton that will likely always rue his leaving on a free transfer to join Palace in 2011, they are grateful to have the journeyman back among their ranks. The in form Palace back line will need to be at their best to prevent Murray from getting a sniff in front of goal, and if they do, then the visitors will have every chance of returning to South London with all three points.
A lot will depend on the two solid centre back pairings facing each other and how they deal with the attacking prowess. The Eagles know only too well of the threat up front posed by Glenn Murray and Brighton do not need to be told about Wilfried Zaha. Everything points towards a draw and while neither side will probably argue with that, TEB just have to put those rose tinted spectacles on and go for an away win, of course.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 15/8
- Draw – 2/1
- Away – 7/4
- Both teams to score – evens