Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion
English Premier League
Date: 14th April 2018, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
It is game on in English Premier League as Saturday’s Crystal Palace vs Brighton fixture is nothing less than a direct six pointer in the relegation battle.
Crystal Palace remain 3 points above the relegation zone and the pressure mount on Roy Hodgson after his team’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last weekend. They managed only 1 win from their last 10 Premier League games and lost 5 of their last 7.
The Eagles go head-to-head against Brighton on Saturday and a win is inevitable to stay up in the relegation battle. They have four fixtures after this, two of those are trick away trips to Watford and Stoke and the remaining two at home to Leicester and West Brom.
Palace must eye 9 points from now on to maintain their status as a Premier League team.
The newly promoted Brighton are under pressure as well despite a 7 point cushion over the relegation zone. They drew fellow promoted Huddersfield last week, but are on a three match win-less run following the defeats to Everton and Leicester in previous rounds.
The Seagulls have a poor account of themselves on the road after winning just twice all season. The worrisome part is the 9 defeats happened in the 15 match period.
Points against Palace will be precious for Brighton or this is a match they cannot afford to lose. The reasons are plain and simple – the team from East Sussex have to meet Manchester City, United, Liverpool and Tottenham in 4 of the 5 remaining games after the trip to Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace vs Brighton: Prediction
Palace lost 3 back-to-back games at home, but those are against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham. And they didn’t go down without a big fight in any of those games.
The Eagles do have troubles on the road and thus their overall trend of form look poor. But, I can see them producing an inspired performance in front of their home crowd to gain some ground in the relegation battle.
Furthermore, Roy Hodgson’s men are facing a Brighton side who are win-less in their last 9 away games. The Seagulls have a poor scoring record to add to this after firing blanks in 7 of them.
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Crystal Palace vs Brighton: Head-to-head
- Palace lead the recent head-to-head against Brighton with 5 wins from 12 matches, drew 4 and lost 3.
- The reverse of the corresponding Premier League fixture was a goal-less draw.
- The team also met for a second time this season, in the FA Cup and Brighton won the tie 2-1.
- The team playing away failed to score in 4 of the last six.
- Palace do not have a significant home record against the Seagulls, with only 2 win against 1 loss coming from the last 5 alongside 2 draws.
Crystal Palace vs Brighton: Team News and Starting Line-ups
Christian Benteke missed the trip to Bournemouth last week and he remains a doubt for this Saturday’s home fixture.
The Seagulls already have five other players – Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako, Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth in the nursing table.
Meantime, Joel Ward and Jeffrey Schlupp are short on fitness and are unlikely to make the starting eleven.
Short on options, Roy Hodgson could start with the same eleven that earned a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last weekend.
Crystal Palace Predicted Starting Eleven (4-4-2)
Hennessey – Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka – Loftus-Cheek, Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur – Townsend, Zaha.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Steve Sidwell is the only player on the injury list for Seagulls.
Chris Hughton miss the services of Davy Propper who was send off in the 1-1 stalemate with Huddersfield. Yet, he have enough options in Beram Kayal and Jurgen Locadia.
Good news come in the form of return of Anthony Knockaert after serving a three match ban.
Brighton Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Ryan – Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Schelotto – Izquierdo, Kayal, Stephens, March – Gross – Murray.