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Palace Preview: Brighton’s frustrated 2020 magnified by Football League stat

28 February 2020

Brighton & Hove Albion have suffered a frustrating start to 2020, currently playing as the only side in the Football League not to have won a game this year.

That said, the Seagulls have collected three draws from their last three clashes and haven’t lost at home in the league since December 21st - a 1-0 fall to Sheffield United.

But draws have been the most common feature of Brighton’s season so far and Graham Potter’s men have now collected just one point on 10 occasions - the joint-third highest in the league. 

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Palace sit just behind their south coast adversaries on nine draws, with both sides holding each other level in the 1-1 clash at Selhurst earlier in the season. Two second-half goals that evening saw the Eagles and Seagulls share the spoils, with Wilfried Zaha’s 76th minute equaliser thundering into the roof of Mat Ryan’s net to secure Palace’s point.

Today, Palace can take faith in the fact that Brighton have conceded first in each of their last four Premier League games, but they have however come back to draw in each of these. That said, the Seagulls have never won a Premier League home game when conceding first (D10 L14). 

The Eagles will be additionally boosted with manager Roy Hodgson taking charge of them for 100th time in the Premier League. It is the first time that Hodgson has reached such a milestone with one club. Coincidentally, the Palace boss reached his 100th game in charge of the south Londoners against Brighton at home earlier in the season.

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Did you know?

Including play-offs, Wilfried Zaha has scored more league goals against Brighton than he has against any other side (six).

Tactical overview

Potter has brought a dynamic style 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 (4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 twice and 4-3-2 in their last four games respectively) - but each of them focuses on pressing from the front and outnumbering the opposition in defensive positions. This can see Albion play quite a narrow game, aiming for 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.

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Team news

Crystal Palace have been boosted by the return of Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp to training, however the pair have only recently reached this stage. 

The Eagles were without James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic against Newcastle United last Saturday, with Tomkins collecting an injury against Everton and Milivojevic potentially one of the players Hodgson said was suffering from “a little bit of sickness.”

Hodgson has confirmed that Milivojevic will need assessing, that the other three are still unavailable and that Chiekhou Kouyate - who was substituted after receiving treatment against Newcastle - is fit to play.

With Potter confirming Dale Stephens is available for selection, Brighton’s squad is almost entirely fit, with the Seagulls apparently only missing José Izquierdo, who has been long suffering from knee complications and hasn’t played a minute of Premier League football this season.

The build-up

Get yourself in the matchday mood pre-game with all the latest on Brighton v Palace.

Find out what suggestion legendary manager Steve Coppell takes ‘insult’ at by clicking here and see how the club has performed in its rare ‘leap day’ appearances here.

Stoke up some nostalgic memories by delving into the history of Palace’s Brighton rivalry in pictures here and stay up to date with the latest travel warning if you’re attending the clash here.

Looking for something to watch? Re-live December’s draw and enjoy Wilf’s drilled goal below.

How to follow

Palace Audio

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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 is 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: Brighton sunk as Eagles emphatically raid Amex

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Crystal Palace

29 February 2020

Crystal Palace buried the ghosts of their recent record against Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon, raiding the south coast club’s home with a collected Jordan Ayew winner to ensure all three points would return to south London.


  • Roy Hodgson names the same starting XI which beat Newcastle United
  • Both Christian Benteke and Cheikhou Kouyate miss out on promising chances
  • Brighton substitute Ezequiel Schelotto is booked after an altercation with Wilfried Zaha
  • Half-time: Brighton 0-0 Palace
  • Jordan Ayew slams Palace into the lead after 75 minutes
  • Full-time: Brighton 0-1 Palace

After five minutes in which each side tested one another with matching approaches - sitting deep, looking to pass their way around the opposition before making a swift transition forward - a chance apiece fell within the same minute.

The first saw Brighton’s Neal Maupay strike wide on the turn before Christian Benteke, running on to a lofted James McArthur through-ball, also hit wide of goal from a similar position.

But the first chance clear enough to cause a unified intake of coastal air came via Cheikhou Kouyate, who, latching on to a Benteke knock-down, found the ball caught under his feet within the grasp of goalkeeper Mat Ryan. The shot stopper promptly dispossessed Kouyate to nullify a briefly promising opportunity.

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At the other end of the pitch, Vicente Guaita was called into action for the first time to block Maupay’s near-post effort and, from the resulting corner, Scott Dann launched a Lewis Dunk header to eventual safety as Guaita caught the tame returning shot from Davy Propper.

Brighton were enjoying a spell of dominance which the Eagles staved off and, after Ezequiel Schelotto - a substitute - found himself booked, the game settled down to its more even origins. 

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Guaita caught efforts from Solly March and Maupay before the Seagulls broke with pace towards the visiting south Londoners. Striking a ball three yards from the goal-line, March somehow managed to turn wide and behind as the score remained level.

The Eagles were very much in the game, however, being similarly frustrated from close range when Gary Cahill headed off the ground and over the bar as he leapt towards a James McCarthy corner.

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At half-time, Palace could reflect on 45 minutes of heavily swinging dominance, with a strong spell for Brighton meaning each side could boast of spells in the ascendancy. 

Brighton appeared energised for the start of the second-half, but were denied at their first attempt by Maupay - who stood offside regardless - blocking Dunk’s goal-bound header.

Later, Leandro Trossard lost possession in the box before curling inches wide a few minutes after. 

The Seagulls’ unnerving profligacy continued to see them squander chances, but Graham Potter’s men appeared ever closer to pulling into the lead. Maupay again tried his luck against Guaita but, volleying from 12 yards, the French midfielder fired straight into the waiting arms of Palace’s No.31.

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Pushing towards their own fans and regaining their foothold in the game, Palace enjoyed two chances - with both coming from Patrick van Aanholt’s deadball deliveries. The first - a free-kick from 40 yards - saw the home defence turn just behind as Benteke raced to meet the ball and the second saw the Belgian frontman head wide from the resulting corner.

Benteke was involved at the heart of the action again minutes later, as the play ticked from end to end with authority regularly exchanging hands. This time, the No.17 intercepted a weak backpass and tried to fire past Ryan, but the Brighton ‘keeper had advanced too far forward and blocked the shot at close quarters.

Despite his persistent involvement, Benteke was not the man on the turf this afternoon whose name arose most frequently, and Neal Maupay against Vicente Guaita prevailed as the game’s most tested battle. Again, the Frenchman struck at the Spainaird’s near-post but, again, it was the man in green who won.

Finally, with dominance again exchanging hands, Palace broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion when Benteke - involved once more - finely fed Jordan Ayew for the Palace striker to slot home. Duly obliging, the Ghanaian struck cooly past Ryan to send the visiting south Londoners into raptures.

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The south coast air clouded with a flare’s hanging black soot as groups of Albion supporters took shelter in the Amex’s facilities, and Potter reacted to the goal by using his final two substitutions.

The tactician's switch wasn't enough, however, and the Eagles remained dominant, with Zaha crashing off the post as the game ticked to its final seconds. Moments later, the full-time whistle signalled a colossal Palace win.

Not only had the Eagles stormed past their rivals, but they had furthered their tally as their greatest total at this stage of a Premier League season.

Brighton: Ryan, Burn, Dunk, Webster, March (Murray 66), Montoya (Jahanbakhsh 78), Mooy, Bissouma (Alzate 82), Propper, Maupay, Trossard.

Subs: Button, Gross, Stephens, Schelotto.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Ward, McArthur, Kouyaté, McCarthy (Riedewald 45), Ayew, Zaha, Benteke (Tosun 87).

Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Milivojevic, Meyer, Townsend.

Stay tuned for full match highlights and post-match reaction via Palace TV. Either click here now or 'Palace TV' within the app - which you can download here for free.


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Ticket News

Brighton away tickets now sold out

28 January 2020

Tickets for Crystal Palace's away game with Brighton & Hove Albion (29th February, 12:30pm) have now sold out.

The clash will see Palace look to go unbeaten this season against their south coast rivals after the clubs' 1-1 draw at Selhurst earlier this campaign.

The club will be operating a waiting list for Season Ticket holders and Paid Members with 2,500+ Loyalty Points, and this can be joined online here, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 08712 000 071.

For those who have purchased tickets, please take note of the below security information.

Security Information

Before purchasing tickets, fans are encouraged to read this important security information:

  • Please arrive early to avoid delays at turnstiles.
  • Prior to entry to the Amex Stadium ticket holders MUST ensure they have photo ID/Season Ticket/Membership cards in addition to match tickets. There will be no entry through any outer cordons without a match ticket/photo ID/Season Ticket or Membership Card.
  • Before entry is allowed into the Amex Stadium, security staff will be checking the name on each ticket and this must match the name printed on your Season Ticket/Membership card. If the name on the match ticket does not match your Season Ticket/Membership card, fans will be refused entry into the stadium.
  • Stewards will be carrying out pat-down searches prior to entry into the stadium.
  • On entry anyone obscuring their face in any way will not be allowed to enter the ground.
  • Pyrotechnics are strictly prohibited: anyone found in possession of pyrotechnics will be arrested.
  • Small handbags and clutch bags are allowed into the Amex stadium, but anything bigger will not be allowed.
  • Any person found selling their match ticket online, in person or by any other means will have their Season Ticket/Membership withdrawn.
  • Additional queries should be raised with the CPFC Box Office

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