Brighton v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 27, 2017
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After their dramatic victory over Stoke on Saturday, Crystal Palace make the short trip south to face Brighton in this midweek fixture. The Seagulls put in a decent showing at Old Trafford but are looking to get back to winning ways.
This will be the first time the teams have met since the 2013 Championship play-offs. Wilfried Zaha scored twice in the second leg to secure a 2-0 aggregate win for Crystal Palace, before the Eagles went on to beat Watford in the final. Each side won their home game 3-0 in the regular season games during that campaign.
Veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell is the only player on the treatment table for Brighton, who have the Premier League’s cleanest bill of health. The 34-year-old is yet to feature so far this season because of a back injury.
Roy Hodgson also has a healthy squad to choose from, although Lee Chung-Yong and Connor Wickham will miss this game. The former continues to struggle with a muscle injury, while the latter’s pencilled in for a return early next year after a knee ligament problem.
Brighton v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
It’s a sign of Brighton’s impressive start to Premier League life that a narrow 1-0 loss at Old Trafford felt like a disappointing result. Chris Hughton will set his side up in a more attacking manner for the game against Crystal Palace though, but the Eagles will be buoyed after just their second win of the season at the weekend.
If Saturday’s performance against Manchester United was almost a masterclass in compact defending, Brighton’s supporters will expect an altogether more expansive setup against the Premier League’s bottom side. Palace have already shipped 25 goals this season while scoring just eight, and have lost every game away from home without finding the back of the net a single time.
Hodgson will hope that Saturday’s comeback victory that was secured with a Mamadou Sakho injury time winner finally kickstarts the Eagles’ campaign. They’re now just three points from safety, which is a stroke of luck considering they’ve lost nine of their opening 13 games.
Despite Palace’s dreadful away form, the bookmakers have the two teams quite closely matched in the betting. Brighton start the game as favourites at 8/5, while Palace are available at 11/5. The draw’s also priced at 11/5.
Brighton to win 1-0 at 13/2
Brighton have scored 13 goals in their 13 games so far this season, while Palace are yet to score away from home. By comparison, Palace are 15/2 for the 1-0 victory.
Zaha to score and Palace to win at 9/2
Back the forward to continue his impressive recent form as he again proves to be Brighton’s scourge.