Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Crystal Palace host Brighton as Roy Hodgson looks to back up his tremendous point prize from the Etihad.

Although coming into this game with just one win from their last ten, football can be a fickle game at times and many fans and neutrals alike would’ve taken great pleasure watching Roy Hodgson laugh in the face of Pep Guardiola’s disillusionment as the Spaniard paced up and down the dugout in their 2-2 draw.

Pep’s scampering was in contrast to Roy’s statue-esque regard of the circumstances that saw his side somehow leave the Etihad with a point – a scoreline that looked more than unlikely when the home side went up 2-0.

Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion
Premier League
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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
MAR 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-0 Crystal Palace
FEB 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
JAN 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace
SEP 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace

This wasn’t the only big performance from The Eagles as just the week before they were playing with ten men against Liverpool when 1-0 up before narrowly losing 2-1 thanks to a last-minute Harvey Elliott goal.

Their current position in 15th place in the Premier League doesn’t do the side justice of how they’ve played in recent weeks but tonight could be the moment to prove what they are capable of.

With top goalscorer Odsonne Edouard sure to miss the game through injury, recent attacking options may be limited and Roy will look to Jean-Phillipe Mateta to resume his attacking power and score a third consecutive Premier League goal.

Last season’s 10-time scorer Eberechi Eze is likely to return to the home squad after a difficult ten weeks plagued by injury woes. I’m hoping he’ll prove vital to help Crystal Palace kick on from their massive scalp at the weekend.

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Brighton arrive at Selhurst Park after sealing the top spot in their Europa League group and most recently going down 2-0 to Arsenal on Sunday.

In recent weeks The Seagulls haven’t quite fulfilled the potential of what attacking options like Evan Ferguson, Kaoru Mitoma and Joao Pedro can bring, with just one goal combined from them all in their last four matches. Brighton’s fluency in front of goal has clearly stagnated compared to previous peaks.

The form of De Zerbi’s men in their last ten matches puts them at 15th spot which is even more concerning when you consider they’ve failed to claim three points in that time against the likes of Fulham, Everton, Sheffield United, and Burnley.

Three of the last five meetings between these two have ended in a draw and I think it’ll be a tight affair once again. Although Brighton have scored nearly double the goals compared to Palace this season, they’ve interestingly conceded five more.

VERDICT
Crystal Palace had more Expected Goals against both Manchester City (1.98) and Liverpool (1.99) and I believe their performance tonight could finally be the pinnacle of what Roy has been cooking recently. That’s why I’m taking Crystal Palace Draw no Bet at 5/4, as well as Eberechi Eze to score at anytime on his return at 3/1 with starsports.bet

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PROFIT/LOSS (DEC 2023): LOSS -7.94 points

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Author: Eugene Morris