Brighton v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 04, 2018
Amex Stadium - FA Cup
Two teams separated by just two points in the Premier League go to battle in the FA Cup on Monday, as Brighton host Crystal Palace at the Amex. Even though immediate priorities may lie elsewhere, there’s sure to be a great atmosphere for this grudge match.
Earlier this campaign the teams played out a goalless draw, in a first meeting between the clubs for over four years. Palace have the edge over recent seasons, with three wins to Brighton’s one in the last seven, while it was back in 1976 that the rivalry between these two really developed courtesy of Terry Venables and Alan Mullery in the opposing dugouts and a feisty FA Cup tie that saw two replays.
Apart from veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell who hasn’t played all season, Ezequiel Schelotto is the only injury concern for Chris Hughton’s side. The defender went off in the closing stages of the Seagulls’ last game against Bournemouth with a knock, and is a doubt for this one.
Roy Hodgson meanwhile has been dealt a double blow with both his captain and vice-captain, Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon, both ruled out for the rest of the season after knee injuries sustained bringing down Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne on New Year’s Eve. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham are all likely to miss out, although Joel Ward could be available.
Brighton v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
It’s fair to say that neither of these two have the biggest squads in the Premier League, so this game could come down to whether either of the managers prioritises Premier League survival over a cup run. There’s plenty of history in this fixture though, so you’d hope the emotion of the fixture passes to the players.
Brighton have had a tough run of games over the last six weeks, but despite taking just seven points from their last 10 league games, the Seagulls still lie eighth in the table, two ahead of Palace. Hughton’s side are just three points above the drop zone though, so it’d be understandable if a few players are handed a rest after a gruelling winter schedule.
Palace meanwhile should be full of confidence after their last two games, when they first put a halt to Manchester City’s winning run, and then came from behind late on to beat Southampton at St Mary’s. Eagles boss Hodgson has a deeper squad to choose from despite his injury worries, and this could come into play.
The bookmakers are struggling to separate these two in the betting, with Brighton priced at 9/5 and Palace at 19/10. If you think the game will be tied after 90 minutes, that’s 12/5. With no replays and the possibility of extra-time and penalties, the hosts are 13/12 to qualify while the Eagles are evens.
Both teams not to score at 9/10
The teams have shared seven clean sheets in their last five games against each other. Brighton are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet, while Palace are 2/1 and the game to be goalless after normal time is 8/1.
Brighton to win to nil at 3/1
Continuing in the same vein, this bet will look more appealing if Wilfried Zaha doesn’t start for Palace, who are 7/2 to win without conceding.