After a disappointing loss last weekend to title challengers Liverpool, Palace are preparing to take on fierce rivals Brighton on Monday night.
The trip to Anfield saw a good performance from the Eagles but it unfortunately was not enough to return to South London with any points. Although, a positive attitude is still very much present amongst Palace fans. Vieira is continuing to prove the capabilities of this squad week-in week-out.
Monday night sees a game that both sets of fans look out for within the fixture list! A deep-rooted historical rivalry that is not quite understood by those who are not involved. Despite the fifty mile distance separating the two clubs and pundits branding it the “A23 derby”, the hatred runs much deeper than that between the two southern teams.
Palace are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Brighton; winning their two away fixtures and twice drawing at Selhurst Park. A last-minute Christian Benteke winner saw Palace clinch all three points at the Amex in the 2-1 win, back in February.
Brighton, who have won four of their five opening games, will be more than ready for the battle after producing a string of good results in the beginning of their campaign. The mentality across the South Coast club will be strong going forward into the game. Their star-striker Neal Maupay will be looking to add to his goal tally this season, after scoring three goals in their first five games.
Graham Potter’s side appear to have no new injury reports with defender Adam Webster still out of action. Tariq Lamptey returned after a long term injury, to play 45 minutes against Swansea City in their Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday night. Potter has also confirmed Yves Bissouma will be involved with the squad on Monday night following concerns after a slight knock to the knee that he picked up in the Seagulls 2-1 win against Leicester City last weekend.
As far as Palace’s injury concerns go, long term achilles injury sufferers Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are both still out, however, recovery is going very well and ahead of schedule. Eze posted a video to Twitter of him running in training, so we can expect a season debut for the Palace number 10 before Christmas. Vieira has also confirmed that Jeffery Schlupp will be back involved with squad on Monday night following an injury he picked up on international duty at the beginning of September.
A full return to the squad for Michael Olise adds depth to the midfield. The 19-year-old came on in the 81st minute against Liverpool and certainly impressed fans. He looks to be a real talent going forward for Palace, winning challenges and making those key passes. Olise could be a potential starter or impact substitute for the Eagles.
Monday night could also be an opportunity for Odsonne Edouard to make his debut start, after his impressive performances as a substitute against Spurs and Liverpool. The Frenchman will be hoping to make the same impact he did against Spurs at Selhurst, netting two goals in a total of five touches off the bench. Edouard has taken the time to settle into South London and will now be looking to challenge Benteke for that starting position.
There is a still a large sense of optimism circulating around SE25 at the moment. However, Monday is going to be a tough game for the players, both physically and mentally. Vieira has expressed his excitement for the rivalry after reading up on the history and watching the Amazon Prime When Eagles Dare documentary. This will be a good opportunity for those summer arrivals to prove themselves to the fans and hopefully we can win all three points.
Let’s get behind the boys against Brighton. Come on you Palace!