Brighton v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Friday, February 28, 2020


Amex Stadium

Punter's Pick

If the last clash between these two sides at Selhurst Park was anything to go by, this promises to a clash high on passion but low on quality – which should translate into a draw, available at 9/4 with Bet365.

Wilfred Zaha and Glen Murray are the heavy hitters in this encounter historically and both should be backed to find the net – Zaha is available at 3/1 to score anytime, whilst Murray at 13/8, both with Bet365.

One of the more curious rivalries in the Premier League resumes on Saturday lunchtime, as Brighton take on Crystal Palace desperate for three points in a match that will be full of resentment and hostility from both sets of fans.

Palace season petering out?

After being unable to land any of their desired transfer targets in January, Palace’s season seems to have begun to fizzle out without any fresh injection of ideas and energy that some new signings would have bought. Manager Roy Hodgson has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks, clearly agitated by the failure to add impetus to a side that was still hunting for a place in the top six only a few weeks ago. Instead a spell of one win in their last eight games – against Newcastle United last weekend, has rather knocked the wind of the sails of Hodgson’s side, with mid table mediocrity looking their most likely destination come the end of the season.

Form book offers no guide?

The match takes place against a backdrop of a Palace side having just won their first game in eight games against a Brighton side yet to win in 2020 – the only such team in the top four divisions of English football. However in Brighton’s favour is they are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with Palace, and the away side have struggled for form on their travels – no wins in their last six away games and only two wins in their last eighteen.

Palace do not offer much of a threat going forward – just 24 goals so far in the Premier League this season, a joint low. This comes up against a Brighton defence that has liberally conceded 39 goals – could Wilfred Zaha add to his tally of six goals against the Seagulls?

Team News

Dale Stephens returns to the Brighton squad after a recent injury niggle, but Jose Izquiredo remains out with injury.

Cenk Tosun returned from injury in the latter stages of last weekend’s win over Newcastle and gives manager Roy Hodgson a selection dilemma – the on loan Everton striker could replace Christian Benteke in the starting line-up. However James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp remain doubtful through injury.

Tense draw?

With both sides unwilling to lose face for their fans by slipping to defeat, this could turn out to be a similarly attritional affair to when the two sides met at Selhurst Park, which finished in a 1-1 stalemate. Brighton in particular would be happy with a point in their battle against the drop, and may not risk leaving themselves too open for Wilfred Zaha to exploit them once again.

 

Punter's Pick

If the last clash between these two sides at Selhurst Park was anything to go by, this promises to a clash high on passion but low on quality – which should translate into a draw, available at 9/4 with Bet365.

Wilfred Zaha and Glen Murray are the heavy hitters in this encounter historically and both should be backed to find the net – Zaha is available at 3/1 to score anytime, whilst Murray at 13/8, both with Bet365.

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