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Preview: Brighton

16 March 2013

Brighton have been loitering just outside the play-off places all season but a run of three games without a win has led to Gus Poyet admitting that his side are letting their season fade away after back to back defeats away from home during the last week to Bolton and Barnsley.

However before those defeats they had pulled themselves back into the top six after a run of six games unbeaten, but injuries and suspensions could derail their promotion hopes.

The Seagulls have only lost three of their 18 games at home this season and haven't been beaten at the Amex in the league since late December when Watford were the visitors.

Brighton: Ashley Barnes is suspended after tripping a referee in the Seagulls' against Bolton, and fellow striker Craig Makail-Smith is out until the start of next season with a ruptured Achillies. Adam El-Abd is also suspended and Bruno misses out with a calf problem. Wayne Bridge, Vicente and Inigo Calderon are likely to be included in the starting line-up, and Marcus Painter has been recalled from a loan spell at Bournemouth as defensive cover.

Crystal Palace: Jazz Richards has recovered from his toe injury and should feature, while Joel Ward played 45 minutes for the development side on Monday night but isn't likely to be included in the squad. Owen Garvan is a few weeks away from selection, but Darcy Blake, Danny Gabbidon and Paddy McCarthy remain on the sidelines. Jermaine Easter has joined Millwall on loan for the rest of the season.

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Adam Nunn and Mark Pottage
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
Brighton winsDrawsPalace wins
FA Cup121
League Cup000

As tickets for the match at Brighton are now sold out, the action will be shown live at Selhurst Park from 12pm on the stadium big screen, in the Red and Blue Bar and Holmesdale Road Stand upper concourse. 

Doors open from 11am and tickets are now available from the box office priced at  £10 for adults (£15 on the day of the event) and £5 for under 18s (£10 on the day). A £1.50 transaction fee will apply for phone bookings.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for the beamback or call the box office on 08712 00 00 71.

Information on fans who have tickets for the Amex Stadium can be found here.

A special train service for away supporters attending the match has been arranged by Southern Railways. This train will depart from Falmer station, platform 2 at 14:35, will travel non-stop to East Croydon then on to London Victoria only.

Persons wishing to travel on this service should follow the signage from the Amex Stadium to Falmer station and join a dedicated queue area situated on the platform 2 side of the railway station.

Brighton to win: 8/5
Draw: 12/5
Palace to win: 19/10

Don't forget that the whole 90 minutes will be LIVE on Palace Player - CLICK HERE to subscribe or to login if you are already a member of the Player service. 

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