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Crystal Palace v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

April 10, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Selhurst Park - Premier League

Crystal Palace continue their battle against the Premier League drop this weekend, as they host an almost-safe Brighton in West London.

Past Meetings

These two sides drew 0-0 at the AMEX Stadium earlier this season in the Premier League, however Brighton did win 2-1 at home in the FA Cup against The Eagles.

Palace's last win over Brighton was in the 2012-13 Championship play-of semi finals, a result that denied The Seagulls a chance of promotion to the top flight.

Team News

Brighton are boosted by the return of Anthony Knockaert from suspension, however fellow midfielder Davy Propper is now out with a three game suspension.

Midfield duo Steve Sidwell and Isiah Brown are out until next season through injury for Chris Hughton's side.

Palace's injury list shows little sign of easing with seven first team players ruled out of action or this game.

Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann, Bakary Sako, Alexander Sorloth, Jeff Schlupp, Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke are all out for Roy Hodgson's team.

Crystal Palace v Brighton Preview ad Predictions

Brighton are on the verge of ensuring Premier League survival after their debut season in the competition, but Palace are less certain of their own future.

Hodgson's brilliant start as manager has waned in 2018, and the former Liverpool boss picking up just one win in his last ten Premier League games, and points are a priority if they are to avoid being sucked into the bottom three.

Brighton's away form in the Premier League, with no win in their last nine games on the road, will give Palace heart, and Hodgson knows that three points could be all that his side needs to pull away from Southampton in 18th place.

The gut feeling on this one is that Palace will nick a valuable win, with their forceful home support set to push them over the line to victory, and a home win is at 17/20.

Both sides are also struggling for goals, with Brighton scoring one goal in their last three games and Palace netting five, so this is unlikely to be a goal fest, and an under 2.5 total goals bet is at 4/7.

Recommended Bets

Crystal Palace to win 1-0 at 5/1

Palace need a win to move themselves away from the Championship trap door, and against a Brighton side with an awful away record they should be able to find the three points that they so desperately need to secure top flight football for the 2018-19 season.

Wilf Zaha to score first at 11/2

Zaha has not been prolific for Palace this season, scoring just five goals in all competitions in 2017-18, but he scored a key goal in the draw against Bournemouth last weekend. Without Benteke in attack this weekend, there will be even more focus on the Ivory Coast international, and he could be the Palace hero.

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