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09 March 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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The Palace Preview: Brighton and Hove Albion

9 March 2019

Crystal Palace are shaping up to face historic rivals Brighton and Hove Albion today in a 12.30 kick-off.

The rivalry extends back to its most clear origins in the late 1970s, with the two clubs having clashed on the pitch ever since.

Moving forward over 40 years, these days see the two sides facing-off as close not only in their rivalry but in their league position too, as Palace sit above Brighton by only two places and a slim three points.

Their close-pitting makes tomorrow's clash all the more significant, but Palace appear to have the edge.

With a superior goal difference of just -4 compared to the Seagulls' -11, whatever happens tomorrow, the visitors would have to win by a margin greater than three to overtake Palace.

However, current form suggests that it is the hosts who are favourites as Palace are flying high of late with Brighton struggling in recent games having enjoyed a strong first half of the season.

The Seagulls recorded their first league win since January 5th over bottom of the table Huddersfield Town last Saturday whereas Palace have won three of their last five, scoring 11 times in the process.

Fans will remember the last clash between the rivals at Selhurst Park, as they showcased a packed first half of football with the Eagles ultimately running-out as 3-2 victors. Wilfried Zaha bagged a brace that day to see the Seagulls concede a goal in 13 consecutive Premier League games, the longest such run in the competition.

Today, Zaha has netted five times from his last five appearances, in that time scoring goals in three consecutive matches for the first time in his career.

More encouragingly still, in all competitions, Zaha has scored five goals in nine matches facing Brighton – against no other side has he scored more.

On the flip side, however, Brighton’s Glenn Murray has scored in each of his last three appearances against Crystal Palace in all competitions for the Seagulls.

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Watch Hodgson's pre-Brighton press conference for free

8 March 2019

For the Eagles, Mamadou Sakho has been forced to the sidelines in recent matches. He had a successful operation last week.

Pascal Gross is Brighton's only really notable injury at the moment, and he is unavailable for today's clash.

Tactical overview

Brighton tend to play with quite a closely knit attack and midfield, with Murray spearheading their offensive moves as a traditional target man. This facilitates quite a slick counter-attacking ability, something which may frustrate the often deep-lying Palace who excel when teams attack them forthcomingly. 

Who knew?

Palace have lost just one of their last nine home meetings with Brighton in all competitions, having won six and drawn two.

Meet the ref

Craig Pawson will officiate this fixture, with Lee Betts and Daniel Cook as his assistants and Stuart Attwell acting as fourth official. Pawson has refereed the Eagles 18 times in his career: the joint-most of any club.

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This game will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from midday.

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Match Reports

Report: Palace fall to visiting Brighton

Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

9 March 2019

Crystal Palace fell to defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion for the second time this season in a frustrating clash under the sun in SE25.

In a cagey affair where Palace uncharacteristically owned the lion's share of possession, the visitors won with goals either side of a Luka Milivojevic penalty to claim six points in total from the claws of the Eagles.

Perhaps as an intense rivalry is expected to, the game started in fiery fashion when Anthony Knockaert saw yellow within a minute after an aggressive, lunging tackle on Palace captain Milivojevic.

Michy Batshuayi registered the afternoon's first shot on target as he dug-out an effort at Mat Ryan's goal, however his shot deflected tamely into the Australian international's arms.

With Palace on top, it was against the run of play that the visitors netted the game's opening goal. As James Tomkins failed to connect with a header intended for Vicente Guaita, Glenn Murray raced with the Eagles' centreback towards the goal-line. Deftly stretching out his leg, Murray hit the ball on the volley from the edge of the box past the Spanish 'keeper with Tomkins left flagging as the loser of their battle.

Looking to haul his side level, Wilfried Zaha was denied as he struck an effort from a crowded penalty area which Lewis Dunk deflected just wide of Ryan's goal. From the resulting corner, Tomkins sent a cleared ball back into the box which Jeffrey Schlupp hit emphatically on the rotation, though his effort bounced wide.

Minutes before the half-time whistle blew, Palace launched an assault on the Seagulls' box, but Batshuayi and James McArthur both squandered potential chances and the home side entered the break a goal down.

Opening the second half, Alireza Jahanbakhsh threatened the Eagles when he released a dipping shot at goal. Despite the ball's unnervingly bending flightpath, Guaita got two hands behind it and maintained the tight scoreline.

But Palace were determined to not let the visitors extend their league further and pulled themselves level when Davy Propper brought down Andros Townsend in the Seagulls' box. Stepping up cool as ever in spite of the interfering wind, Milivojevic buried his side's solitary goal to bring the Eagles firmly back into the game. 

Nestling into the back of the net, the captain's spot-kick seemed to blow the match open and the Eagles looked like a side with lifted confidence playing with the backing of a vociferous, energised Selhurst Park.

But their sustained spell of possession didn't once seriously threaten Ryan's goal and Palace - along with their fans - were left frustrated as several promising runs fizzled out with defensive clearances or well-missed efforts.

Milivojevic came close to doubling his and his side's tally when he unleashed a shot just wide of goal, yet it was the visitors who were celebrating next when Knockaert picked up the ball from distance on the right and, having skipped his way closer to the box, launched an impressive shot into Palace's inner netting.

Looking to replicate his teammate's strike, Jahanbakhsh took aim and fired from 25-yards, but his effort dipped just over Guaita's bar.

In an attempt to steal a point at the death, Schlupp blazed over from 10 yards as the Eagles were left to concede defeat.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Wan-Bissaka, Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur (Benteke 77), Zaha, Townsend (Meyer 77), Batshuayi.

Subs not used: Speroni, Kelly, Ward, Kouyate, Ayew.

Brighton: Ryan, Bernardo, Dunk, Duffy, Montoya, Propper, Stephens, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 90+3), Murray, Knockaert (March 75).

Subs not used: Button, Bong, Burn, Kayal, Izquierdo.

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