Where: Selhurst Park, London, EnglandWhen: Thursday, December 21, 9 pm CET
Palace and Brighton play the opening game of round 18, entering this contest in different moods. The hosts are having problems, both on and off the field. The results are poor, and that’s nothing strange, with the Eagles performing under expectations. Brighton oscillates, but overall, their current shape is much better than Palace’s. De Zerbi’s crew is in the Europa League as well, where they had tough battles, enduring all the challenges and proceeding to the next stage.
Crystal Palace vs. Brighton Preview
The Eagles have only one victory over the recent ten contests. It was against Burnely, 0-2, on the road, and it seems that this success was just a short burst because afterward Palace went downhill.
Since this victory, the Eagles had four defeats and two ties, scoring goals, but allowing much more. Right now, the defense is the biggest problem for Roy Hodgson, and he needs to tighten up things in the back, otherwise, the future isn’t bright for this crew.
Five of their previous six meetings have been with both teams netting, while four ended over 2.5 hits. A surprising data is that Palace lost four in a row at Selhurst, allowing at least two hits in its net.
The Seagulls began rising, but the loss at the Emirates stopped that ascend. Arsenal triumphed 2-0 this weekend, and the Gunners fully deserved we have to add. They outplayed De Zerbi’s crew in every single aspect of play, and this win should have been even higher.
This failure came after defeating Brentford and Marseille (in the Europa League) and a tie against Burnley at Amex. Overall, the Seagulls played much better since the start of November than during October when they had a crisis. They finally adapted to the circumstances of playing in both domestic and international competitions.
Six of the previous ten games on the road Brighton played ended with both teams netting. De Zerbi and the gang lost the past two, to Chelsea and Arsenal, but to be honest, that wasn’t unexpected.
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Crystal Palace and Brighton Possible Lineups
Crystal Palace: Matthews; Ward, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell; Richards, Ahamada, Hughes; Olise, Mateta, Schlupp
Brighton & Hove Albion: Verbruggen; Veltman, Van Hecke, Dunk, Milner; Baleba, Gross; Adingra, Lallana, Mitoma; Ferguson
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Crystal Palace vs. Brighton Head to Head
Four of the last five games these two units played have seen both teams scoring, while the previous four ended with under 2.5 hits.
Crystal Palace vs. Brighton Predictions
Palace is in problems, we’ve already explained why. Still, we wouldn’t pick the guests to win, as they too, aren’t very good on the road and know to oscillate. As mentioned earlier, the defenses are vulnerable, while the offenses perform much better; therefore, both teams netting is the best pick for Thursday’s clash.
Our verdict: Both teams netting
Crystal Palace versus Brighton Odds
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