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Match Previews

The Palace Preview: Brighton and Hove Albion

4 December 2018

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace travel down to the south coast for the infamous M23 derby kicking off at 19.45 kick-off on Tuesday, looking to build on their recent league successes with a win over historic rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

The two clubs, despite sitting 46 miles apart, have been close opposition for over 40 years now. This match, heightened by its stage in the Premier League, is therefore crucial to fans of both sides and often means more than just the three points on offer.

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The Rivalry Explained

3 December 2018

Lately, the Eagles have enjoyed good form when playing Brighton, and are unbeaten in the league against them since 2013.

However, the Seagulls have been playing well this season and they currently sit 11th in the league. Like Palace, they have won and drawn their past two matches and have scored in every game since a league defeat to Manchester City at the end of September.

But in all of their last seven Premier League victories, Brighton have only won by a one-goal margin, with their last win by more than a goal coming in February against Swansea City. 

However, they are scoring frequently and the man netting the majority of their goals is former Palace forward Glenn Murray. Murray has scored seven times from 14 games this season, having spent four years with the Eagles from 2011-2015, being Palace’s top scorer in the 2012/13 season with 31 goals.

The 35-year-old was rested in Brighton's previous fixture against Huddersfield Town, coming on only in the 79th minute, and so Palace's defence will be keen to keep a close eye on him. It's in defence, however, where Hodgson's side find their key strength, as the Eagles have conceded three goals less than Brighton this campaign despite sitting three places behind.

During Murray's tenure with Palace, the Eagles enjoyed perhaps their most memorable victory of recent years when playing Brighton at the AMEX Stadium in the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs.

Following a 0-0 home draw in the first leg of the play-offs, Palace went on to win 2-0 in the following fixture to secure themselves a spot in the Championship play-off final where they would go on to beat Watford 1-0. It was the win against Brighton which earned the Eagles their shot at promotion to the country's top flight then, where they are now spending their ninth overall season in the Premier League.

Four years later, Brighton earned their first ever promotion to the Premier League and are now playing in just their second season.

Now, though, they sit six places ahead of Palace, who have begun to improve their league position with two results to be pleased with lately: a 0-0 draw with Manchester United and 2-0 win over Burnley, both games being matches which the Eagles could have recorded more favourable-looking results.

Elsewhere, fans will want to keep an eye on the West Ham United v Cardiff City game, which kicks off at the same time as Palace take on Brighton.

West Ham currently sit just one place in front of Hodgson's Eagles, with Cardiff two places behind - separated by one point. Palace's next game after Brighton will be against the Hammers at their London Stadium on Saturday, meaning the result of these two fixtures could affect their league standing quite significantly.

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Both Hodgson and Chris Hughton have a relatively wide range of choices available to them, as Palace have no injury concerns bar Christian Benteke, with Brighton being only without Alireza Jahanbakhsh. It will therefore be two near full-strength sides that face each other.

For everything else you'll want to know ahead of this match, head over to our full matchday guide; where you'll find live coverage details, the officials for the day, travel information and more.

Where next?

For the rest of your pre-match reading, why not check out all of the build-up to this derby with some of these other stories?

See what Palace manager Hodgson had to say ahead of today's game, as he discusses this 'significant' fixture and what it means to the fans. Or, if you're looking for things to watch, take a look either at our explanation of the rivalry, known by most but understood by far fewer, or the video of the Palace squad training hard in preparation.

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Match Reports

Report: Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace

4 December 2018

It was a derby day for Palace to forget as 10-man Brighton ran out comfortable winners at the Amex Stadium, scoring three times in the first half to stun Roy Hodgson’s team.

The Seagulls capitalised on a controversial Glenn Murray penalty to set them on their way, but they did suffer a setback following Shane Duffy’s red card. However, that didn’t disrupt the hosts who quickly added a second through Leon Balogun seconds after his introduction off the bench, and then in first half stoppage-time Florin Andone raced away to net the third.

The Eagles did pull one back with 10 minutes to go when Luka Milivojevic netted a penalty of his own to score his third of the campaign, but the damage had been done long before.

After containing plenty of early Brighton pressure, Palace carved out a great opportunity with their first incisive attack on 16 minutes when Max Meyer slipped Patrick van Aanholt in behind the defence but his cross was headed wide by Andros Townsend.

But soon after the flashpoints started coming thick and fast, beginning on 23 minutes when Kevin Friend handed the Seagulls a contentious spot-kick. Following a scramble inside the box involving Jose Izquierdo and a host of Palace defenders trying to clear their lines, the ball ricocheted back into the Colombian‘s path and James McArthur made what seemed to be a decent tackle as he nudged the ball away.

However, Friend deemed it to be a foul, handing Murray the chance to score in his third-straight game against his former club which he duly did, albeit via a flick off the crossbar.

That lit the blue touchpaper, and five minutes later things boiled over when Murray went down softly in the area under a James Tomkins challenge, prompting some heated words between Shane Duffy and Van Aanholt and the Seagulls defender inexplicably headbutting the Palace man, leading to a red card.

Chris Hughton swiftly shuffled his pack and sent on Balogun, and it proved to be an inspired move as seconds later he was celebrating as he volleyed in a half-cleared corner with his first touch to double the hosts’ lead.

They may have been two goals down, but Palace had a man advantage and they nearly used it to good effect when Wilfried Zaha cut the ball back from the byline for Milivojevic to shoot but the skipper saw his attempt cleared off the line by Bernado, however a first 45 to forget for Hodgson’s men would get even worse.

In the fourth minute of injury-time and the Eagle probing around the Brighton box, a hopeful clearance allowed Andone to scamper down the left and beat Tomkins to the ball, push forward and advance into the area before brushing Tomkins off again to squeeze the ball past Wayne Hennessey and virtually end the contest with a half remaining.

After the break, Palace came close to finding a glimmer of hope when Meyer curled wide soon after play resumed but with Brighton sitting back knowing the result was all-but secured, a frustrated Eagles side found themselves camped in their opponents’ half but restricted to speculative long-rangers that ended up amongst the large travelling support.

But with 10 minutes to play, the deficit was reduced when Zaha was brought down inside the box by a Balogun challenge allowing Milivojevic to send Ryan the wrong way from 12 yards, however it would be too little, too late for the visitors who couldn’t set up the grandstand finish they desired.

Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernado, Gross (Balogun 31), Propper, Bissouma, March, Izquierdo (Knockaert 48), Murray (Andone 34). Subs not used: Steele, Bong, Kayal, Locadia.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur (Schlupp 72), Kouyaté (Sørloth 57), Milivojevic, Meyer, Townsend, Zaha. Subs not used: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Puncheon, Ayew.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Brighton Away Sold Out

6 November 2018

Tickets for Crystal Palace's game away to Brighton and Hove Albion on 4th December 2018 have now sold out.

The match, which will kick-off at 19.45, will see Palace travel to the South Coast having won twice and drawn twice in their past six fixtures with the Seagulls.

The club will be operating a waiting list for the game, which will be live on the ticketing site shortly.

Tickets are still available for Manchester United away on Saturday 24th November as well as Burnley at home the following week. Both matches kick-off at 15.00. 

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