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Palace Preview: In-form frontmen key to success in Palace v Brighton

18 October 2020

Crystal Palace’s first match since the international break sees them in one of their largest fixtures of the season: taking on Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park.

Always a significant event, the Eagles’ clash with the Seagulls sees each side try to regain some bright start of season form - with Palace taking six points from their first two games and Brighton earning four from their first three.

However, each team has suffered more frustrating results of late, falling to Everton and Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton respectively. 

Despite the disappointment of consecutive losses, the hosts will feel boosted by recent results more than the visitors. Brighton, after all, have shipped at least three goals in each of their six Premier League defeats since the competition restarted in June and kept just one clean sheet in their 16 Premier League games in London.

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The Eagles will feel further buoyed by going unbeaten against the seaside outfit last season: drawing 1-1 at Selhurst in December and then winning spectacularly 1-0 in February.

Jordan Ayew's goal that day is sure to live long in the memory of fans and players alike.

Did you know?

Wilfried Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton in all competitions than he has any other opponent (six).

He has bagged three times from four league games so far.

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Tactical overview

Palace will be most acutely aware of one man: Neal Maupay. The French forward has been directly involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games (four goals, two assists), including five in his last three. He’s looking to become the first player to score in four consecutive league appearances for Brighton since Tomer Hemed in February 2017 (five).

Clearly, there are two men who have most power to decide this clash.

Graham Potter is a flexible manager, switching from one up-top to three up-top in recent fixtures. A talented frontline of Maupay, Aaron Connolly and Leandro Trossard will keep the Palace backline alert - and the Eagles should be conscious of a diverse, changing attack to handle. 

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Team news

Palace can feel confident about their current squad fitness, with several key players likely to have returned to the fold. Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt could well be in contention to play, having been seen in training.

They will also be boosted by Michy Batshuayi’s availability, with the Belgium international scoring over the break but having been ineligible to play against Chelsea most recently.

However, Roy Hodgson confirmed Wayne Hennessey and James McCarthy sustained injuries while on international duty.

Brighton are facing several potential injuries:

  • Tariq Lamptey (in training)
  • Jose Izquierdo (in training)
  • Davy Propper (in training)
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (doubt)
  • Aaron Connolly (doubt)

How to follow

On TV

Palace v Brighton will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sport.

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Full match details and TV information for Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion

18 October 2020

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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

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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 here.

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles' slender lead shattered after 90-minutes v Brighton

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

18 October 2020

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion is an occasion defined by its fans. Since the late 1970s, the heated rivalry has been built-up, inflamed and memorialised by the thousands of supporters who pack the terraces year-round to follow it.

Today, for the first time, that couldn't be the case - as the historic battle unfolded without its usual pulsating soundtrack.

This absence perhaps defined the game regardless, however, with Brighton able to steal a late point - Palace missing their 12th man against determined opposition.

Summary

  • Gary Cahill and Jeffrey Schlupp return to the lineup as Roy Hodgson makes six squad changes
  • Brighton start on top, but Palace fend them off in characteristic fashion
  • The Eagles then take the lead through a Wilfried Zaha penalty
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • The Eagles appear to add a second through Michy Batshuayi only for the Belgian to be flagged offside
  • Joel Ward and Gary Cahill prevent Neal Maupay from scoring just 10 yards out
  • Brighton enjoy much of the game’s possession and chances but cannot break Palace’s adept backline
  • The Eagles attempt to shut-up shop until full-time
  • Brighton score a late equaliser through Alexis Mac Allister
  • Lewis Dunk is shown a red card for a two-footed lunge
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Despite the magnitude of this rivalry, the game began in a steady fashion, with drama coming most clearly from corner-kick jostling than any on-the-ball displays.

The Seagulls enjoyed much of the early possession and Palace were forced to crowd them out in the early exchanges. Brighton capitalised on a handful of loose balls but their shoot on site policy in these moments let them down - firing both sides of Vicente Guaita’s goal more than once.

Palace had certainly been the quieter of the two teams, but knew they could threaten on the counter and prove as clinical as they had in earlier matches. Andros Townsend sought to begin one such attack when he lofted an excellent cross to Michy Batshuayi, only for the Belgian to be hauled down in the box by Tariq Lamptey, handing the hosts an early penalty.

When Wilfried Zaha stepped-up to take his second spot-kick of the campaign, Brighton’s fate was as good as sealed: the Ivorian cooly slotting home his seventh career goal against the Seagulls.

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This opener handed Palace the foothold they needed to reward their patient play, and the Eagles used their newfound grip to force the visitors back - Townsend in particular threatening with a teasing free-kick.

Collecting themselves in the face of an energised opponent, Brighton managed to regain their role in the match and settled back into a routine series of fairly tame attacks; the clash, it appeared, reneging on its promise of a second Palace goal.

But, for the home side, this was little cause for concern, and the Eagles returned to their instinctive defensive competence to keep the Seagulls’ threat relatively impotent.

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The second-half opened in similar fashion to the first - and Guaita was forced to fall behind a soft Neal Maupay effort within the box.

It almost continued in a mirror image when Batshuayi slammed the ball into Brighton’s net, only to be ruled out for a marginal, but fair, offside.

In the face of going two goals behind, the Seagulls responded with Leandro Trossard skewing over the bar and Maupay squandering a gilt-edged chance in the box under intense pressure from Joel Ward and Gary Cahill.

Time ticked by as Palace held their slender lead - three points, though, were all the game demanded. Pressure began to build as Brighton saw their disadvantage as unjust, and minor skirmishes began to break out in true ‘derby’ style.

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Brighton’s questions went confidently answered as Graham Potter’s men tested a resolute Palace backline. As in February at the Amex, and in December at Selhurst, Brighton continued to enjoy the lion’s share of chances and possession. But, as in February at the Amex, and in December at Selhurst, Palace were the side praised by the scoreboard.

Tension may have filled the stomachs of the banished, watching home support, but Crystal Palace appeared calm in the face of potential late heartbreak. The Eagles displayed their well-drilled, solid style to the tee; and Brighton couldn't find a way through until the game's dying seconds.

But their resilience paid off in the final moments when substitute Alexis Mac Allister struck a deflected shot home to level the clash in the 90th-minute.

The drama wasn't over with Mac Allister's gut-wrenching effort, however, when Lewis Dunk saw red for a reckless, two-footed lunge on the newly returned Cahill.

Stay tuned for full highlights and post-match reaction on Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app.

Palace: Guaita, Mitchell, Cahill, Kouyate, Ward, Schlupp (Benteke 88), McArthur, Riedewald, Townsend, Zaha, Batshuayi (Milivojevic 83).

Subs: Henderson, Van Aanholt, Sakho, Clyne, Eze.

Brighton: Ryan, Lamptey, Dunk, White, Webster, Bissouma, Maupay, Trossard (Connolly 77), Lallana (Mac Allister 77), March, Burn (Gross 82).

Subs: Steele, Alzate, Bernardo, Veltman.

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