Zaha Hoping To Celebrate Milestone With Victory Over Brighton

High-flying Brighton are the next to visit South London this season in what will be Wilfried Zaha’s 400th appearance for the club. Palace are unbeaten at home so far this season and it is clear to all that the new signings in the ranks along with Patrick Vieira know exactly what this fixture means to the fans.

DATE

27th September 2021

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

Brighton last came to visit in October 2020 which saw Palace take an early lead from the penalty spot courtesy of Wilfried Zaha. The visitors held on long enough to sneak a last minute equaliser from substitute Alexis MacAllister shortly before Lewis Dunk saw red for a lunge on Gary Cahill.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Jeffrey Schlupp (7.5)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Andre Marriner. Assistants: Simon Long, Scott Ledger. Fourth official: Kevin Friend. VAR: Chris Kavanagh. Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Jeffrey Schlupp is available again for selection and is expected to start on the bench. Eberechi Eze is back in training along with Nathan Ferguson so it may not be long before they will be back in contention.

BRIGHTON – Adam Webster will miss out while Yves Bissouma, Alexis MacAllister and Enock Mwepu are all doubts. Tariq Lamptey had a run out in the cup in midweek but is unlikely to be risked in this game.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – none

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – Shane Duffy (2), Joel Veltman (2), Joel Ward (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  •  22/02/2021 Brighton 1-2 Palace
  • 18/10/2020 Palace 1-1 Brighton
  • 29/02/2020 Brighton 0-1 Palace
  • 16/12/2019 Palace 1-1 Brighton
  • 09/03/2019 Palace 1-2 Brighton

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 18/09/2021 Liverpool 3-0 Palace
  • 11/09/2021 Palace 3-0 Spurs
  • 28/08/2021 West Ham 2-2 Palace
  • 24/08/2021 Watford 1-0 Palace
  • 21/08/2021 Palace 0-0 Brentford

Last FIVE results for Brighton;

  • 22/09/2021 Brighton 2-0 Swansea
  • 19/09/2021 Brighton 2-1 Leicester
  • 11/09/2021 Brentford 0-1 Brighton
  • 28/08/2021 Brighton 0-2 Everton
  • 24/08/2021 Cardiff 0-2 Brighton

RECORD AGAINST BRIGHTON

  • Played 105
  • Won 38
  • Drawn 27
  • Lost 40

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Shane Duffy 7.53
  • Conor Gallagher 7.52
  • Pascal Gross 7.40
  • James McArthur 6.95

ONE TO WATCH

YVES BISSOUMA

FORMER CLUBS – Majestic SC, AS Real Bamako, Lille

The self confessed ‘best midfielder in the Premier League’ is a slight doubt but he has been in fine form so far this season which has contributed to Brighton’s high position in the table at this stage. It will be a big blow to the visitors should he miss out.

KEY CLASH

CHRISTIAN BENETEKE v LEWIS DUNK

Even though he did not get his goal against Spurs in the last home game, he worked tremendously hard and played his part in the victory. He will be key in this fixture and is likely to retain his starting spot ahead of Edouard who is pushing him all the way. The familiar Dunk/Duffy partnership is back together in the visitors defence this season which has proved valuable but Benteke has more than enough in his locker to test them.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace are unbeaten in the four most recent league meetings (W2, D2), though both victories in this run have come away from home.
  • Brighton have won just 1 of their previous 7 away fixtures against Palace but they are unbeaten in their last 3 games at Selhurst Park
  • Palace’s only victory in their past 12 Premier League matches on a Monday was February’s 2-1 win against Brighton (D3, L8)
  • The Eagles have registered a league-low 11 shots on target on this season’s Premier League
  • Patrick Vieira’s side have led for just 15 minutes in the top flight this term – only Norwich have a worse record prior to the latest round of fixtures
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored 7 goals against Brighton, the joint highest figure of his career against any side
  • Zaha has scored 4 goals in his last 4 appearances against the Seagulls at Selhurst Park

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Conor Gallagher/Odsonne Edouard (2 – 14th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Benteke/ Gallagher/ Zaha (1 – 16th in PL)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (302 – 14th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (16 – 7th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Tyrick Mitchell (360 – 18th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Conor Gallagher (10)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (16 – 4th in PL)

PREDICTION

Both sides are well matched going into this latest instalment of this fixture but Palace have not won at Selhurst against Brighton in three attempts. It will be intriguing how the new faces in the Palace line up will deal with what is THE game that Palace fans look for in the fixture list, but Patrick Vieira has been saying all the right things. With the Eagles unbeaten at Selhurst so far this season, we are banking on this continuing with a narrow victory to take all three points.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 21/10
  • Draw – 2/1
  • Away – 7/5
  • Both teams to score – 10/11

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