The first of two big weekends for the Eagles has arrived with rivals Brighton heading to Selhurst Park for the early kick off in front of the live television cameras.
With the manner of the defeat down at the Amex Stadium earlier in the season, this will be an opportunity for the players to make amends for such a poor performance on the South Coast, against ten men for a fair portion of the game.
Months later and the two clubs have switched places, with Palace pulling themselves away from the bottom three while the visitors have become threatened with the dreaded drop.
Both clubs have progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup so this may not be the last match between the two this season if Brighton see off Millwall and Palace get past Watford.
First things first, the matter at hand and it is a real contrast in this match up. Palace have a terrible record at home in the Premier League while the same could be said of Brighton on the road, but something has to give in this derby.
The Eagles continue to miss Mamadou Sakho at the heart of the defence but last weekend Scott Dann slotted in alongside James Tomkins to form a solid pairing which is expected to continue. Roy Hodgson certainly has options at his disposal elsewhere after giving starts to Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate against Burnley so it will be interesting to see if he brings James McArthur and Andros Townsend back into the starting line up.
It promises to be frenetic right from the off and it will likely be the side that keeps their nerve in what promises to be an electric atmosphere in the early kick off.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Pape Souare (shoulder) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) are both absent.
BRIGHTON – Leon Balogun (shoulder) misses out while Pascal Gross (hamstring) is a major doubt.
The last time the two sides met was an eventful affair at the Amex Stadium back in December. A foul on Glenn Murray by James Tomkins gave the hosts a spot kick early on which the former Palace striker despatched past Wayne Hennessey with aplomb. Shortly afterwards, Shane Duffy received a red card for headbutting Patrick van Aanholt which gave the visitors what seemed like the upper hand but minutes later substitute Leon Balogun doubled the Seagulls lead. They made it three right before the half through Florin Andone and while Luka Milivojevic scored a late penalty, it was too little too late for the Eagles.
The Who Scored man of the match – Davy Propper (7.8)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 04/12/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 02/03/2019 Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
- 27/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
- 23/02/2019 Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
- 17/02/2019 Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 09/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United
Last FIVE results for Brighton;
- 02/03/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Huddersfield Town
- 26/02/2019 Leicester City 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 16/02/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Derby County
- 09/02/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Burnley
- 06/02/2019 West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
THE RECORD AGAINST BRIGHTON
- Played 100
- Won 36
- Drawn 25
- Lost 39
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.27
- Shane Duffy 7.22
- Wilfried Zaha 7.15
- Solly March 6.81
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – CSS Botosani, Vinaros, Castellon, Villarreal, Atletico Baleares, Cordoba, Deportivo la Coruna
The Romanian striker has already had his fair share of clubs but arrived on these shores back in May when the Seagulls opted to pay Deportivo an undisclosed fee for his services. With 21 international appearances to his name, the 25 year old had played all his professional football in Spain since making his debut for Castellon in 2011. He has scored goals consistently wherever he has been and has already got his name on the score sheet for Brighton this season which makes him a real threat, considering what Palace fans witnessed from him in the reverse fixture.
These derby games always have something about them and there is no reason this one should be any different even though it is finally being taken seriously as a derby game and being screened live on television. There is doubting that there will be a reaction to that horrible defeat on the South Coast earlier in the season as the Palace players will be keen to right those wrongs. However, this is a big game for the visitors even if their win last week settled some nerves but TEB are going for a narrow 2-0 win.
- TEB prediction – home win
- We Are Brighton prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 4/5
- Draw – 12/5
- Away – 7/2
- Both teams to score – 19/20