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Palace Preview: Eagles welcome Brighton up the A23

16 December 2019

Today (16th December) at 19:45, the season's first installment of Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion will play out at Selhurst Park.

The historic rivalry has seen Palace struggle over the last two matches since an iconic 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park over the visiting Seagulls.

That day, five goals in the game’s opening 35 minutes saw the Eagles hold on to a tight lead thanks to a Wilfried Zaha brace and James Tomkins effort in-between the Ivorian’s double.

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The win - which came in mid-April - signified a landmark moment in Palace’s turnaround in fortune under Roy Hodgson, who rescued the club from relegation after taking the reins in September 2017.

Against Brighton, Hodgson will be taking charge of his 100th game at the Eagles’ helm. He is only the third manager to reach this milestone for Palace since Alan Smith - joining Iain Dowie and Neil Warnock (123 and 129 respectively). In the club’s history, Hodgson is the 17th manager to have led a century of matches.

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Crystal Palace become the fourth club Hodgson has managed 100 games for - after Halmstads BK, Malmö FF and Fulham. At each of the three clubs, Hodgson enjoyed unprecedented success.

One trademark of Hodgson’s managerial style is well-drilled, organised and tight defences - a strength that has become synonymous with Palace under his leadership. This season has been no different, with the Eagles keeping the second most clean sheets of any team in the league (six), only sitting behind second-place Leicester City (seven).

Interestingly, Palace are the only side in the Premier League this season to have neither scored or conceded any goals from outside the box. In 2018/19, there were 17 goals from outside the box in their games. 

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Looking at the table, this clash could prove key for both teams - with just three points and two places separating the Eagles from the Seagulls. As the clubs sit level on goal difference, a win for Brighton would take Graham Potter’s men above Hodgson’s, but a win for Palace would put good distance between the south Londoners and south coast side.

A win for Palace would leave the club on 25 points.

Did you know?

The Eagles have kept three clean sheets in a row, and have only ever registered four consecutive shut-outs in the top flight once before - a run of four in total in September 1970. 

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Tactical overview

Potter has brought a dramatic new approach to Brighton’s tactics this season, becoming known for his eye-catching and versatile approach to the game.

This campaign has seen the Seagulls field a number of formations - but with a focus on pressing from the front and outnumbering the opposition in defensive positions. This can see Albion play quite a narrow game, focused on regular passes with intent.

Building from the back but with an aim to move forward rather than just keep possession, Brighton often beat opposition presses while their forwards harry defences to catch-out possession-based teams.

Team news

Hodgson has confirmed that Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward are unavailable to play and Mamadou Sakho remains suspended after collecting a red card against AFC Bournemouth.

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns, but Potter confirmed Solly March will not make the game. The visitors will make a decision on Aaron Connolly’s fitness before the evening and Dale Stephens is suspended having been booked five times this campaign.

SEE ALSO: Hodgson confirms Schlupp and Van Aanholt absence pre-Brighton

How to follow

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Brighton clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Zaha fires injury-hit Palace to comeback v Brighton

CrystaPalace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

16 December 2019

Crystal Palace’s long-standing rivalry with Brighton & Hove Albion has been defined by one man over recent years: Wilfried Zaha. And while the Londoners have been on the losing end of the so-called derby on the last two occasions, it was the their talisman who changed the course of yet another game between the adversaries tonight.

Palace held the Seagulls to a 1-1 draw despite having their squad racked by injury, when, after 75 minutes of fending off the south coast side’s assaults, Zaha blasted with an emphatic outcome into the visitors’ net.


  • Palace name two Development players on the bench: Sam Woods and Tyrick Mitchell
  • The first-half passes uneventfully
  • Half-time: Palace 0-0 Brighton
  • A Christian Benteke cross clips Brighton’s post
  • Brighton take the lead through Neal Maupay moments later
  • After an assault on the Brighton goal, Palace pull level through Zaha
  • Full-time: Palace 1-1 Brighton

Palace suffered an early scare when Brighton exhibited their ability to swiftly push forward with intent as Lewis Dunk played a ball from his own half into the feet of Aaron Mooy, who occupied a dangerous space near the edge of the Eagles’ area. Left with room to get his head up, the on-loan midfielder unleashed a fierce shot which clipped the side netting and announced the visitors' intentions.

After a spell of Palace pressure with the game staying close but fleetingly growing in intensity, the Seagulls unnerved Roy Hodgson’s men to no avail for the second time. 

Martin Montoya forced his way to the ball under pressure from Jairo Riedewald in the box, but Vicente Guaita expertly saved the Spainaird’s resulting shot from 10 yards before catching Dunk’s header from the resulting corner.

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There had been a glimmer of the fire exhibited over the last four decades between these two sides as the match found its tempo, but by half-time, few inside Selhurst had much to discuss during the break.

A point for discussion did arise, however, when James McCarthy replaced Jairo Riedewald in a half-time substitution. James McArthur assumed Riedewald’s position at left-back.

Another perhaps more immediately noticeable talking point arose when Palace broke early into the second-half, and Jordan Ayew fed Christian Benteke along the left-wing. Acting as a makeshift winger, Benteke lifted a cross into the box which struck Mat Ryan’s far post out of nowhere, energising Selhurst on a chilled evening.

But on balance the chance appeared to fall against the run of play, and Brighton finally broke the deadlock when Neal Maupay slammed the ball into the roof of Palace’s net from close range moments later.

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The Seagulls then sought to double their advantage with a corner lifted from the training ground: Pascal Gross rolled a pass out to the edge of the box and, rising to collect the subsequent cross, Guaita dropped the ball before landing relieved on top of Maupay’s on-the-line effort.

The Eagles refused to be pinned back, however, and Benteke again caused a Brighton scare from the left as he turned Dunk and unleashed a venomous effort towards Ryan’s near post, only for the shot stopper to get down rapidly and turn the ball out of play. 

With the winter wind in their sails, Palace launched themselves at their guests, throwing offensive charges forward via Ayew through the middle and Martin Kelly down the right.

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Their momentum signalled something was brewing and Hodgson’s men ultimately found their impassioned breakthrough from the left boot of the only man the rivalry belongs to: Zaha. Shimmying his weight from foot to foot on the left of the box before firing past Ryan, the 27-year-old sent Selhurst into raptures.

The Eagles maintained their stampede through McCarthy, who struck wide, and Ayew, who struck high, and appeared ready to add a second goal.

After 75 minutes of uncomfortable viewing, south London had something to will on, but, in spite of Palace's efforts, Brighton reacted well and Potter made a handful of defensive changes. Ultimately, the Eagles were unable to add a second and full-time saw the spoils shared.

Palace: Guaita, Riedewald (McCarthy 45), Tomkins, Dann, Kelly, McArthur, Kouyate (Meyer 66), Milivojevic, Zaha, Ayew, Benteke.

Subs not used: Hennessey, Woods, Mitchell, Camarasa, Wickham.

Brighton: Ryan, Burn, Dunk, Webster, Bissouma (Duffy 84), Montoya, Mooy, Propper, Trossard (Alzate 84), Maupay, Gross (Bernardo 90). 

Subs not used: Button, Jahanbakhsh, Schelotto, Murray.

Full highlights and post-match reaction will be uploaded in full to Palace TV - you can watch by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale for Palace v Brighton on 16 December

11 December 2019

The last remaining tickets for Palace's home clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, 16th December at 19:45 are available to buy now. Fans who act quickly can scoop their place under the Selhurst lights for one of the club's most hotly anticipated clashes against one of its oldest rivals.

The Eagles' last evening match in SE25 saw 10-men battle for 70 minutes against AFC Bournemouth to record a triumphant victory - and you can be there to see if Roy Hodgson's charges can battle similarly well against the visiting Seagulls.

To buy one of the few remaining tickets for Palace v Brighton, you can either order online by clicking here, call 0871 200 0071 or visit the Box Office at Selhurst Park in person.

Please note, tickets are available to Season Ticket holders and Members with a minimum of 100 Loyalty Points. It's not too late to join as a Member and qualify to buy tickets for one of the season's biggest clashes in SE25. Please be aware you will require 100 Loyalty Points to do so, but this can be attained for supporters with a large enough previous purchase history, Gold Membership or Junior Gold Membership. 

Premium Matchday experiences are also available for this fixture - so you can enjoy the rivalry from the best seats in south London. You can view our range of packages here!

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