Brighton v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 03, 2018
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton are back on track following a win away at Huddersfield last week and host Crystal Palace in the mid-week fixture. The Eagles also impressed last week, comprehensively beating Burnley at Selhurst Park.
Palace came out on top when the sides last met in a thrilling, five goal first half. Roy Hodgson's side got off to the best start possible with Wilfred Zaha opening the scoring after just five minutes. James Tomkins added a second before Brighton attempted a come-back, through Glenn Murray, which was soon dispelled following a second strike by Zaha, before Jose Izquierdo's strike kept the Seagulls in with a hope.
Chris Hughton is unlikely to make many chances from the side that beat Burnley, with Alireza Jahanbakhsh out injured. The Seagulls will be able to welcome back Dale Stephens and will hope that Glenn Murray is at least fit enough to make an appearance having missed out last week.
Roy Hodgson's injury concerns have lessened significantly, with the Palace manager potentially able to welcome back Scott Dann this weekend. If so, the only remaining abcentees will be forwards Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham.
Brighton v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Brighton's win last weekend over Huddersfield has pulled the Seagulls firmly away from the relegation zone, and consolidated their mid-table position. For their upcoming opponents, Crystal Palace however, the bottom three remains a concern and Hodgson will be keen to take a point away from the Amex.
The Eagles may have won their last game, but hadn't done so previously since mid-September. Hodgson has had to do with a host of injuries and his side have looked much stronger since the return of key players, with a recent draw to Manchester United serving as evidence, but the manager will rue lost points.
Another concern for the Palace boss will be his team's struggles up front. Wilred Zaha has long been the South London club's star man, but having been pushed into a front two alongside Andros Townsend, he has scored just three times this season, with his strike partner notching two.
The difference that a goalscoring forward can make to a lower-table team is perfectly shown by Brighton. Glenn Murray's continuing form from last season has seen the English striker hit seven goals in twelve starts, only three less than Palace's total for the season.
However, it was the fact that the Seagulls were able to launch a come-back last weekend without their talismanic striker that will have impressed Houghton. Second-choice forward Florin Andone's winning goal, on his first start for the club will take some of the pressure off Murray, and allow the manager to experiment with new options.
The Seagulls will undoubtedly go into this fixture as favourites, although a newly resurgent Palace are unlikely to go down without a fight.
Andros Townsend to score anytime at 4/1
The forward scored a goal worthy of his Tottenham days against Burnley and is in good form.
Both teams to score and Brighton to win at 23/4
The Seagulls last two wins ended 2-1 but they have vulnerabilities in defence too.