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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


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

Club News

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

18 October 2020

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,, 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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