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The Palace Preview: Brighton and Hove Albion

9 March 2019

Crystal Palace are shaping up to face historic rivals Brighton and Hove Albion today in a 12.30 kick-off.

The rivalry extends back to its most clear origins in the late 1970s, with the two clubs having clashed on the pitch ever since.

Moving forward over 40 years, these days see the two sides facing-off as close not only in their rivalry but in their league position too, as Palace sit above Brighton by only two places and a slim three points.

Their close-pitting makes tomorrow's clash all the more significant, but Palace appear to have the edge.

With a superior goal difference of just -4 compared to the Seagulls' -11, whatever happens tomorrow, the visitors would have to win by a margin greater than three to overtake Palace.

However, current form suggests that it is the hosts who are favourites as Palace are flying high of late with Brighton struggling in recent games having enjoyed a strong first half of the season.

The Seagulls recorded their first league win since January 5th over bottom of the table Huddersfield Town last Saturday whereas Palace have won three of their last five, scoring 11 times in the process.

Fans will remember the last clash between the rivals at Selhurst Park, as they showcased a packed first half of football with the Eagles ultimately running-out as 3-2 victors. Wilfried Zaha bagged a brace that day to see the Seagulls concede a goal in 13 consecutive Premier League games, the longest such run in the competition.

Today, Zaha has netted five times from his last five appearances, in that time scoring goals in three consecutive matches for the first time in his career.

More encouragingly still, in all competitions, Zaha has scored five goals in nine matches facing Brighton – against no other side has he scored more.

On the flip side, however, Brighton’s Glenn Murray has scored in each of his last three appearances against Crystal Palace in all competitions for the Seagulls.

Team news

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8 March 2019

For the Eagles, Mamadou Sakho has been forced to the sidelines in recent matches. He had a successful operation last week.

Pascal Gross is Brighton's only really notable injury at the moment, and he is unavailable for today's clash.

Tactical overview

Brighton tend to play with quite a closely knit attack and midfield, with Murray spearheading their offensive moves as a traditional target man. This facilitates quite a slick counter-attacking ability, something which may frustrate the often deep-lying Palace who excel when teams attack them forthcomingly. 

Who knew?

Palace have lost just one of their last nine home meetings with Brighton in all competitions, having won six and drawn two.

Meet the ref

Craig Pawson will officiate this fixture, with Lee Betts and Daniel Cook as his assistants and Stuart Attwell acting as fourth official. Pawson has refereed the Eagles 18 times in his career: the joint-most of any club.

Live coverage

This game will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from midday.

For fans living abroad, check out our Worldwide TV Listings now or see where the nearest Official Fan Club is to you.

For those who want to listen to full commentary of this game, Palace Audio will provide it for just £1.49. You can even buy a Season Pass now for only £10. Find out more here!

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