Palace Head To Brighton For Next Chapter Of Rivalry

The two rivals lock beaks once again this weekend as Roy Hodgson takes his squad injected with new blood down to the South Coast looking for back to back wins after victory in midweek.

 

MATCH INFORMATION

  • 3pm – 3rd February 2024
  • American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL

 

PREVIOUS MEETING

An early strike from Solly March sealed this game giving the hosts the bragging rights in what was a closely contested match with both side having 11 efforts on goal. 

MAN OF THE MATCH – Pervis Estupinan (7.6)

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Simon Hooper. Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Long. Fourth official: James Bell. VAR: Craig Pawson. Assistant VAR: Adam Nunn.

 
 

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Cheick Doucoure and Rob Holding miss out while Joel Ward, Ebere Eze and Michael Olise should be fit. New signings Daniel Munoz and Adam Wharton are expected to be in the squad.

BRIGHTON – Solly March, Julio Enciso, Joel Veltman, Kauro Mitoma, and Simon Adingra are unavailable. James Milner, Joao Pedro, and Anssumane Fati are doubts.

 

DISCIPLINARY RECORD

RED CARDS – Jordan Ayew (1), Lewis Dunk (1), Mahmoud Dahoud (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) –  Lewis Dunk (5)

 

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 21/12/23 Palace 1-1 Brighton
  • 15/03/23 Brighton 1-0 Palace
  • 11/02/23 Palace 1-1 Brighton
  • 14/01/22 Brighton 1-1 Palace
  • 27/09/22 Palace 1-1 Brighton

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 30/01/24 Palace 3-2 Sheffield United
  • 20/01/24 Arsenal 5-0 Palace
  • 17/01/24 Everton 1-0 Palace
  • 04/01/24 Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 30/12/23 Palace 3-1 Brentford

Last FIVE results for Brighton;

  • 30/04/24 Luton 4-0 Brighton
  • 27/01/24 Sheffield United 2-5 Brighton
  • 22/01/24 Brighton 0-0 Wolves
  • 06/01/24 Stoke 2-4 Brighton
  • 02/01/24 West Ham 0-0 Brighton

 

LEAGUE POSITION

Heading into the fixture, Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 24 points from 22 games played, while Brighton are 9th with 32 points.

 

RECORD AGAINST BRIGHTON

  • Played 110
  • Won 38
  • Drawn 31
  • Lost 41

 

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Michael Olise 7.70
  • Solly March 7.43
  • Eberechi Eze 7.25
  • Pascal Gross 7.19

 

ONE TO WATCH

JOAO PEDRO

FORMER CLUBS – Fluminense, Watford

The Brazilian striker has been in fine form this season and will be a real danger. He only has one cap for his country so far after coming on as a substitute for the Brazilian Olympic team last August.

 

KEY CLASH

WILL HUGHES v BILLY GILMOUR

The Palace midfielder played his part in the victory over Sheffield United on Tuesday evening, and the Eagles will need more of the same down on the South Coast. He will be up against the former Chelsea man who has performed well for Brighton this season after his move from Stamford Bridge.

 

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Odsonne Edouard (6)
  • ASSISTS – Jordan Ayew (5 – 14th in PL)
  • PASSES – Joachim Andersen (1,298 – 18th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (58 – 6th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Joachim Andersen (1,605 – 20th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Ebere Eze (48 – 13th in PL)
  • FOULS – Jordan Ayew (33 – 5th in PL)
  • DISPOSSESSED – Jordan Ayew (5u – 1st in PL)
  • SAVES – Sam Johnstone (34 – 18th in PL)
  • CLEARANCES – Joachim Andersen (110 – 2nd in PL)
  • BIG CHANCES MISSED – Jordan Ayew/ Odsonne Edouard (4)

 

THE NUMBERS

Having won this exact fixture 1-0 in March last season, Brighton are looking to win consecutive home league games against Palace for the first time since a run of 7 between 1979 and 1988.

Palace have failed to win any of their past 5 Premier League games against Brighton since a 2-1 away win in February 2021.

Brighton are unbeaten in their past 9 Premier League home games (W4 D5), since a 3-1 loss against West Ham in August. It is their longest run without a home league defeat since a run of 14 between September 2016 and February 2017, and their longest ever such run in the top flight.

Brighton had 42 shots without scoring in the Premier League in January, failing to find the net in all three matches. By comparison, they scored nine goals from just 24 shots in the FA Cup

Palace have won 2 of their past 3 Premier League matches, as many as in their previous 15 league games combined. They have netted 3 goals in both wins, having only scored 3 goals in 1 of their previous 23 league games, a 3-2 win over Wolves in September.

Michael Olise has been directly involved in at least 1 goal in each of his past 5 Premier League appearances for Palace (5 goals, 3 assists). He could become the first Palace player to score or assist in 6 consecutive appearances in the competition should he do so in this match.

 

TEB PREDICTION

Neither team have been in particularly great form, especially the hosts other than in the FA Cup. There is a feeling that the visitors could potentially spring a surprise, but perhaps most would take a point. The addition of two new players to the Palace squad will hopefuly boost morale and they should at least make the bench. Whether either of them can have an impact remains to be seen.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

 

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