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Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Predictions
Brighton will have their eyes on all three points on Monday night. Not only would a win give them bragging rights over their M23 Derby rivals, but three points would take them above Crystal Palace as the Seagulls gain traction in their fight for survival.
Roy Hodgson’s side responded to back-to-back victories over Wolves and Newcastle with back-to-back losses against Leeds and then Burnley. The heavy defeat on the weekend to Sean Dyche’s men will have a few Palace fans looking over their shoulders with 18th-placed Fulham fighting for their lives.
Alexis Mac Allister earned the Seagulls a point last time these two sides met back in October with his last-gasp strike. The Argentine’s goal cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s first-half penalty, but the meeting ended with Sam Dunk being shown a red card in the dying seconds of the game.
Palace star-man Zaha is expected to miss the game on Monday night following the hamstring injury he picked up in their 2-1 victory over Newcastle. The Ivorian international is Hodgson’s top scorer in the league this season with nine goals – Christian Benteke is second with just three goals.
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Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Match Stats
Despite their league position, Brighton has a surprisingly good defensive record with eight clean sheets to their name. The Seagulls have two impressive clean sheets in recent weeks against Tottenham and Liverpool with former-Rochdale loanee Robert Sanchez nailing down the number one spot between the sticks.
Yves Bissouma has recorded the most successful tackles for Brighton this season and the third-most in the Premier League with 63. The Malian midfielder has also received six yellow cards in the league this season and in a derby, it is expected the midfielder could be among the cards on the weekend.
18 October 2020 – Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton – Premier League
29 February 2020 – Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
16 December 2019 – Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton – Premier League
9 March 2019 – Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton – Premier League
4 December 2018 – Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
The Seagulls hold a fairly good recent record over Monday’s opposition with two wins and two draws in the last five meetings. With Zaha expected to miss the game through injury, Hodgson’s main threat on goal is removed which will leave Palace struggling for goals.