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Palace Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

22 February 2021

Currently two places above Brighton & Hove Albion in 14th, Crystal Palace have a chance to rectify recent frustrations and further their position in the table on Monday night (22nd February).

The Seagulls have never won a Premier League game on a Monday, with six of their eight such contests ending level.

Palace will be striving to correct recent form after a pair of disappointing results. Their opportunity to do so against a fierce rival is timely, with Jordan Ayew saying: “We have to put things right… We need to keep working hard and make sure on Monday we put it right.”

Manager Roy Hodgson echoed these views in his pre-match press conference, saying: “The fact that it’s Brighton adds that extra spice because it’s a match very important to the fans – and everyone at the club is aware of that. 

“I think whatever team we’d have played after the last two results, where we’ve been below par, we’d have been anxious to show that we were better than that.

Palace have taken a hit with Wilfried Zaha out of action lately and Hodgson was unwilling to put a timescale on the Ivorian’s return.

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Recent meetings

Palace’s last meeting with Brighton ended in a 1-1 draw at Selhurst, with Zaha netting from the spot for Palace before the visitors bagged a late equaliser. Conversely, it is has been the other end of the game where the Eagles have suffered lately - conceding within 10 minutes in four of their five recent matches.

The Seagulls’ recent clashes have largely resulted in draws – three of their last six in all competitions. In fact, no top-flight side has drawn more games than Brighton, with their 11 just ahead of Fulham on 10. Just under half of their games have ended this way.

Had Graham Potter’s men converted just three of those draws into wins, they could be sitting as high as 11th. The Eagles must beware of their hosts’ desire to address this.

The opposition

Sent off in the clash at Selhurst Park, Lewis Dunk has scored three goals for Brighton this season, joint-second only to forward, Neal Maupay. The aerial threat he provides, particularly at set-pieces, should be a keen focus for Palace.

In their recent matches, Brighton’s link-up play has been commendable, with an 81.5% passing accuracy and several successful crosses. If the Eagles counter the Seagulls as they often do well, they may enjoy some success – though getting past a five-man midfield will be challenging.

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Tactical overview

Generally, Brighton are a pragmatic side and Potter has been willing to tweak his formation regularly. They played 4-1-3-2, 3-4-1-2 and 3-5-2 in their last three league games alone.

Typically the Seagulls will congest the area that needs most focus against a certain opponent: fielding five defenders (including two wingbacks in midfield) against Liverpool and an attacking quintet against Aston Villa – leading to 26 shots against Villa’s four.

With the Seagulls having a superior passing accuracy, the Eagles will rely on interceptions to assist them in establishing counter-attacks.

Team news

Hodgson often maintains the same formation throughout matches but he has been willing to tweak personnel. Zaha’s absence adds to this, with Hodgson saying: “It's a very simple mindset. We have a squad of 25 players, and only 11 can play. If you’re one of the 14 that are not playing, your mindset should be simple: I want to play, I want to prove that I’m a very good Premier League player.”

The manager confirmed James McCarthy is back in training but that "a couple of others have picked up slight knocks."

Brighton will be without Tariq Lamptey and Solly March while Adam Webster will be assessed pre-match.

Did you know?

Brighton have kept just one clean sheet in their seven Premier League meetings with Palace (W2 D3 L2), with that coming in a goalless draw in their first such meeting in November, 2017.

How to follow

On TV

Brighton v Palace will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. Full details can be found here.

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy 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 all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

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.

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Match Reports

Report: Benteke's last-gasp volley sinks Brighton

22 February 2021

Christian Benteke's last gasp volley secured a stunning Palace victory against Brighton, after Jean-Philippe Mateta's fantastic first-half strike was cancelled out by Joel Veltman's equaliser.

 Summary:

  • Cagey start as both sides restricted to efforts from distance.
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta scores his first Palace goal with a sumptuous finish.
  • Brighton see more of the ball without threatening Vicente Guaita’s goal.
  • HT: Brighton 0-1 Palace
  • Danny Welbeck goes close just minutes after coming on as a substitute.
  • Joel Veltman equalises with a powerful finish off the woodwork.
  • Adam Lallana finds space after coming on but twice fires over the crossbar.
  • Benteke stunner wins it for Palace in the final minute of added time.
  • FT: Brighton 1-2 Palace

Palace secured a famous victory at The Amex in the sweetest of circumstances, as Christian Benteke scored with almost the last kick of the game to sink Brighton and steal all three points.

The goal was met by scenes of jubilation from teammates and coaches alike, their joy echoing around the empty stadium but evoking the cacophany that would have exploded from the travelling fans had they been present, and surely erupted in many living rooms across south London and around the world.

The match got off to a cagey start, as both sides felt their way into the game. Yves Bissouma registered the first shot on target. Striking speculatively from distance but far too high to trouble Vicente Guaita.

Brighton were seeing more of the ball, and Joel Veltman’s low cross flashed across the face of goal without a player in blue able to get the crucial touch.

Palace were beginning to find space on the counter attack, and looked to be away when Luka Milivojevic won the ball high up the field, but his pass couldn’t find Andros Townsend who was sprinting to get in behind.

Soon, their persistence paid off. Working hard to find space on the right-hand side, Jordan Ayew’s pace took him past the defender, allowing him to drive a low cross towards the six-yard-box.

The ball was just behind Jean-Philippe Mateta, who had beaten his marker to the near post. The Frenchman showed delightful invention to pirouette and back-heel the ball past Robert Sanchez in the Brighton goal.

It was a stunning piece of creativity and an emphatic way for Mateta to register his first goal in Palace colours, since arriving from German side Mainz in January.

The hosts continued to dominate the ball as the half wore on, but without any end product to threaten Guaita in the Palace goal.

Brighton introduced Danny Welbeck at the break, and he almost had an impact straight away. With the ball ricocheting around the box, the former-England man stuck out a leg to guide it goalwards, but saw the ball drift wide.

The equaliser came soon after, and there was a sense of misfortune for Palace as a loose ball was deflected into the path of Joel Veltman at the edge of the box. The defender’s finish was clinical, clipping the inside of the post to leave Guaita helpless.

It could have been two moments later. Dan Burn’s cross was flicked on by Maupay to Leandro Trossard at the back post, who seemed destined to slot the ball home, but Guaita stood tall to block the shot.

There was an element of pinball about what followed, as some brave defending saw subsequent efforts blocked, before the ball was cleared.

Burn’s delivery was causing problems, finding the replacement Adam Lallana, but he couldn’t guide his shot on target from close range. He had a second chance from the edge of the box, but once again his shot was over the crossbar.

As the minutes ebbed away Brighton’s passing became less precise, as they looked to find the winner; Palace had efforts to break forward through Eze, but were thwarted.

Gary Cahill was constantly alert to marshal the Eagles’ backline, and his block in the final few minutes kept the scores level when Alireza Jahanbakhsh found space for a shot.

Then, with seconds left of the five minutes additional time, Townsend found space on the left-hand side to fire a cross in towards Christian Benteke. The Belgian watched the ball come down and unleashed the sweetest of volleys into the bottom corner, to spark wild celebrations from those in all white.

The goal was all but the final action in what will go down as a famous Palace victory, lit up by two special goals from a Palace side that refused to be beaten.

Brighton: Sanchez (GK), White, Dunk, Bissouma, Maupay, Mac Allister (Lallana, 68), Trossard, Gross (Jahanbakhsh, 81), Alzate (Welbeck, HT), Burn, Veltman.

Subs: Steele (GK), Connolly, Moder, Tau, Propper, Zeqiri.

Palace: Guaita (GK), Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Mitchell, Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze (McCarthy, 90+1), Mateta (Benteke, 75), Ayew.

Subs: Butland (GK), van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Batshuayi, Kelly.

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