Players Must Stand Up And Be Counted Against Arch Rivals

Without much success against Brighton since they were promoted to the Premier League, Palace must look to put things right this weekend and leave the hosts in real trouble.

DATE

29th February 2020

KICK OFF

12.30pm

VENUE

American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL

LAST TIME

The previous visit to the AMEX ended in defeat for the Eagles with all the damage being done in a crazy first half. Goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone put paid to any Palace hopes. Even a red card for Shane Duffy after less than half an hour did not have an effect. Luka Milivojevic pulled one back from the spot late on but it was a night to forget on the South Coast for Palace.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Martin Atkinson

ASSISTANTS – Daniel Cook, Neil Davies, Jarred Gillett (fourth official)

VAR – Kevin Friend, Andy Halliday (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, James Tomkins, Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate

BRIGHTON – Jose Izequierdo, Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Mamadou Sakho (1), Luka Milivojevic (1), Aaron Mooy (1), Florin Andone (1)

Yellow cards (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (9), Lewis Dunk (8), Dale Stephens (6), James McCarthy (6), James Tomkins (5), James McArthur (5), Jordan Ayew (4), Davy Propper (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 16/12/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 09/03/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 22/02/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Newcastle United
  • 08/02/2020 Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • 01/02/2020 Crystal Palace 0-1 Sheffield United
  • 21/01/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
  • 18/01/2020 Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Brighton;

  • 22/02/2020 Sheffield United 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 08/02/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Watford
  • 01/02/2020 West Ham United 3-3 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 21/01/2020 Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 18/01/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Aston Villa

RECORD AGAINST BRIGHTON

  • Played 102
  • Won 36
  • Drawn 26
  • Lost 40

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Wilfried Zaha 7.06
  • Jordan Ayew 6.98
  • Dan Burn 6.92
  • Lewis Dunk 6.88

ONE TO WATCH

AARON MOOY

Former clubs – NSWIS, Bolton Wanderers, St Mirren, Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne City, Manchester City, Huddersfield Town

The Aussie international joined Brighton on loan in the summer and the deal was made permanent in January when he signed a three-and-a-half year contract. He made his professional debut for St Mirren in 2010 before a move back to Australia. Manchester City came in for him in 2016 but he was loaned out to Hudderfield Town in what was a successful spell before signing a permanent deal.

Even though Mooy has represented Australia on almost 50 occassions, he qualified to play for Germany and The Netherlands.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v EZEQUIEL SCHELOTTO

There is no denying that Wilf just loves this fixture and more often than not has a say. He will likely be up against Italian full back Schelotto and while he will be heavily marked, he must be licking his lips at the thought. There will be all the usual treatment from the opposition and their fans but the Palace number eleven shines in such scenarios.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Top passers – Lewis Dunk (1,731), Davy Propper (1,425)
  • Brighton have drawn their last 3 home matches in the Premier League
  • Top scorers – Neal Maupay (8), Jordan Ayew (6)
  • Palace have failed to win their last 6 away matches in the Premier League
  • Top assists – Pascal Gross (4), Lewis Dunk (3)
  • Top tackles – James McArthur (61), Dale Stephens (59)

PREDICTION

This is one of those fixtures that has more riding on it that just the rivalry between the two sides. The hosts could really do with the three points while it is likely Palace would take a point, but with the vistors having very little to play for there will be a sense of revenge after the two defeats at the hands of the Seagulls last season. Palace to make up for last season and snatch the win.

Final score: 1-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – evens
  • Draw – 21/10
  • Away – 11/4
  • Both teams to score – 21/20
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  1. Roy has to “step Up” as well and coach an offense which he doesn’t appear able to do. The same criticism has been leveled his entire career and culminated with the National team. He has Croyden in the “palm of his hand” and he is allowing it to slip away. Looking over your shoulder is a fact of life at CP.. —-Every team just works to stop Zaha with six defenders. There is a triangle around him with a reverse triangle helping to form an “X” which not even King Kong could break. Come on now, Roy. Someone has to be open who can shoot. That precludes Benteke without his Bentley and Ayew.

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