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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.

Team news

Club News

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.

Live coverage

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

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Match Reports

Brighton at Selhurst: Report from Palace's greatest Premier League win

9 March 2019

Fans voted Palace's 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst Park as the Eagles' greatest ever Premier League win back in December, and if you want to re-live that iconic sunny afternoon, we've got the original match report from it below.

Palace’s game of the season lived up to its billing as a Wilfried Zaha brace helped them to a 3-2 victory against Brighton and Hove Albion and clinch a huge victory in the context of their campaign.

Unbelievably all the scoring occurred in the first half with Zaha grabbing an early lead for his side which was doubled by James Tomkins, but after Glenn Murray pulled one back, Zaha added to his tally to put the Eagles back in control.

However, Jose Izquierdo reduced the deficit before half-time which made for a nervy second half for all those clad in red and blue, but Roy Hodgson’s team bravely clung on to claim a massive victory – putting them just one point behind their opponents but, more crucially, six above the drop-zone.

Having waited 1,801 days for a visit from their bitter rivals, a sunkissed Selhurst was boisterous as the teams entered the fray and within five minutes of kick-off, the noise levels could be heard right across south London as the Eagles took control of proceedings by grabbing the opener.

Andros Townsend won an early corner which Luka Milivojevic cleverly played short to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who in turn returned it to the Serbian. The skipper drove a shot goalwards which Mathew Ryan saved, but it dropped perfectly for Zaha to prod home from a matter of centimetres to ignite a crazy opening 45.

Roy Hodgson’s team continued to press and Townsend saw a fine chest and volley from distance cause Ryan issues and the Aussie stopper could only bundle it around his post, but that would lead to the second goal on 14 minutes after an almighty scramble.

Townsend whipped an excellent delivery into the box which was met by the head of Tomkins, and his attempt was well blocked by the Seagulls 'keeper but the ball squirmed free.

Eagles and Seagulls flocked towards it, and eventually James McArthur was able to drive a shot goalwards which was stopped on the line by the hand of Shane Duffy, but any controversy was avoided as Tomkins lashed home the rebound to put his team in firm control.

And they needed to be as just four minutes later, Brighton pulled a goal back with their first attack. Once again a corner did the damage as Pascal Gross’ delivery caused problems and Lewis Dunk was allowed a free header which he nodded towards the target, and from a similar distance as Zaha’s opener, Murray hooked the ball in off the bar to net against his former club for the second successive game.

The jubilant home fans were stunned, but that feeling was fleeting as a crazy half continued in Palace’s favour as a third goal in a 10 minute spell fell to the hosts. Milivojevic lofted a scooped pass into the area that was begging for someone to attack, and just as he famously did in the play-off semi-final five years ago, Zaha dived in and drove a header past the helpless Ryan to return Selhurst to its ecstatic state.

Looking for his first career hat-trick, the Ivorian teased his way past Gaetan Bong to hit a grasscutter at Ryan, but despite a lack of possession in the final third during the first half, Brighton’s clinicality dragged them back into the game again on 34 minutes.

Jurgen Locadia held the ball up and played in the overlapping Izquierdo who escaped past Joel Ward and bent a shot around Wayne Hennessey’s dive, finding the far corner and net the Seagulls’ second from just two first half attempts on target.

Only an excellent low stop by Ryan prevented Palace taking a two-goal lead going into the break when Milivojevic had a go from distance, but while the half-time whistle allowed everyone inside Selhurst to allow their blood pressure to drop, 15 minutes after play restarted Palace hearts were in their mouths when Murray stretched to reach a Beram Kayal pass but thankfully his shot trickled wide.

It was always unlikely that the second half would match the drama of its predecessor, but while it may have been lacking in goalmouth action, the nerves continued to build around the old ground as the minutes ticked by, especially with the visitors creating the only chances of note and Palace’s recent record of conceding late heartbreakers.

Fingernails were bitten with eight minutes to go when Hennessey was forced to produce an excellent reaction save to deny Dale Stephens from long range after the Welshman had punched away a cross, and in stoppage-time fans were peering through their fingers when a deep ball found Murray at the back post but he miskicked when well-positioned and the chance went begging.

But minutes later, the relief poured into the SE25 skies as the final whistle was blown, handing the home supporters the chance to celebrate a victory on their own patch for the first time since January, at just the perfect time.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Cabaye (Benteke 71), Loftus-Cheek (Riedewald 79), Townsend, Zaha. Subs not used: Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Lee, Sørloth.

Brighton: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong (March 85), Locadia (Knockaert 46), Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo, Gross (Ulloa 71), Murray. Subs not used: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Baldock.

You can listen to how Palace get on with Brighton in this season's home clash by grabbing your Palace Audio pass for full commentary!

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