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

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Crystal Palace v Brighton

Premier League: Sat, 9/03  Stadium: Selhurst Park

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Crystal Palace look good value to win outright at 4/5 with Bet365 given their current form and the chance to put in a strong performance in front of their home fans. Brighton usually scrape an away goal despite their woeful record on their travels, so both teams to score at 19/20, also with Bet365 looks like a sound bet.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Crystal Palace take on Brighton in the lunchtime kick off, as the Premier League weekend kicks off with one of the most bitter, if not slightly stranger rivalries in English Football.

Not a local derby, so what gives?

To the casual football fan, there is no obvious reason why the Eagles and Seagulls are such bitter rivals, and why fans have developed such utter disdain for each other. The two clubs are after all separated geographically by approximately 50 miles, so it is hardly a local affair. The roots of the animosity go back to 1976-77 season, where former Tottenham players Terry Venables and Alan Mullery were in charge of the respective teams, but there was no love lost between former colleagues. The two clubs met an incredible five times that season due to FA Cup replays, with the third of those replays ending in a controversial 1-0 win for Palace. Then Brighton manager Mullery was alleged to have made hand gestures to Palace fans, with the animosity spilling outside into the streets where rival Palace and Brighton fans clashed. The bitterness continued with clashes before and after the final of the five meetings, a 3-1 win for Palace, and two teams have been at loggerheads ever since.

Both teams breathing more comfortably after solid wins

Back in the present, and both teams have alleviated their relegation fears somewhat with useful wins last time out. Brighton’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield was not exactly inspiring, but given their run of poor results it at least stopped their slide towards the relegation zone and gives them a five point cushion from the last relegation place. The Eagles now sit eight points clear of the relegation spots after an impressive 3-1 victory over Burnley, and will feel a couple more positive results should secure their Premier League status for another season. Both teams also have FA Cup Quarter Finals on the horizon and will be keen to go into those games off the back of a morale boosting ‘derby’ game victory.

Palace out to avenge earlier defeat

Despite being reduced to ten men for over an hour, the Seagulls produced one of their best displays of the season to win 3-1 against Palace at home back in early December. Since then Palace have picked up considerably, particularly in attack where they now carry much more goal threat compared to the first half of the season. Since a 1-0 defeat by Chelsea, the Eagles have found the next in twelve consecutive games, including scoring three goals against Liverpool at Anfield, four away at Leicester City and three against Burnley in their last fixture. Their fans will be hoping to see some of these new found found riches translate into goals at home – with just ten goals at home all season, only Huddersfield Town with seven strikes have been less appealing to watch at home in the top flight.

Palace the form team, time to step up at home?

With the nineteenth worse record at home in the Premier League, it is a miracle the Eagles are not staring at relegation, but a healthy six away wins have propped up their season. Brighton only have eight points away on their travels this season, and with a turbocharged home crowd and Palace’s attack in red hot form, the hosts will be confident of avenging their defeat earlier this season.

Crystal Palace look good value to win outright at 4/5 with Bet365 given their current form and the chance to put in a strong performance in front of their home fans. Brighton usually scrape an away goal despite their woeful record on their travels, so both teams to score at 19/20, also with Bet365 looks like a sound bet.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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