Crystal Palace will look to extend their good recent record against Brighton as the derby rivals meet in a top-flight fixture for the first time in 36 years at the Amex Stadium.
Palace remain bottom of the Premier League but are now just three points off safety after a string of decent results. Top flight new boys Brighton have started their Premier League life impressively as they still sit in the top half of the table.
Brighton have lost just once in their last six, a defeat that came in scrappy fashion against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Their two victories have come away from home against the other sides in the bottom three alongside Crystal Palace, Swansea City and West Ham United. Home draws against Southampton and Stoke City are a fair reflection of how tough Albion have been to beat since their arrival in the top flight. Striker Glenn Murray has 4 goals in his last five including the two victories.
After losing their first 7 games, Palace are on some sort of a mini revival with just two defeats in their last six, victories at home to Stoke City and Chelsea and draws at home to fellow strugglers Everton and West Ham United mean that former England boss Roy Hodson’s bid to keep the Eagles in the top flight has started reasonably well. Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals in the last six as his importance to his hometown club is more vital than ever.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton reported no fresh injury problems for the Seagulls. Steve Sidwell remains sidelined by a back problem, whilst Beram Kayal returned to the bench after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Chris Hughton has plenty of selection headaches in most positions, a straight choice between Gaetan Bong Markus Suttner at left back with the previous the more likely to get the nod. The form of new signings Pascal Groß and Davy Propper continues to be a huge shining light for the Seagulls, Groß has an impressive three goals and five assists to his name.
Crystal Palace also have no fresh injury worries with striker Connor Wickham and winger Chung-Yong Lee remaining out with lengthy ongoing problems. Palace’s in form duo of Wilfried Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will start again and will hold the weight of expectation once again. Almost forgotten man Christian Benteke could start again as his physical presence off the bench in the win against Stoke could be called on once again on Tuesday. The key to Palace’s mini revival is arguably the central midfield partnership of Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic, their experience and gyle could be the difference for the teams survival battle come May time.
Score Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace