Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Albion can shade M23 derby
Odds: Brighton 8/5, Draw 11/5, Palace 9/5
Kick Off: 1945, 08/01/2018
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: BT Sport
None of this year’s FA Cup third-round ties will have a better atmosphere than Brighton versus Crystal Palace and we’re expecting a tight battle in this M23 derby.
The two fierce rivals fought out a goalless draw at Amex Stadium in the Premier League towards the end of November and this has all the makings of another close contest.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton duo Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross forced Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey to make fine saves in their last encounter, while former Eagles forward Glenn Murray had a late header cleared off the line.
The Seagulls then went on a three-game losing run but a win and three draws in five subsequent top-flight fixtures has steadied the ship again.
Colombia international Izquierdo, a £13.5million summer recruit, laid on both goals as Brighton drew 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Day and could have netted twice himself.
His progress augurs well for the second half of the season, while Chris Hughton will also be happy with the form of attacking midfielders Gross and Anthony Knockaert.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Crystal Palace did us a big favour when coming from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday, with 12/1 for the correct score one of three successful selections in our preview of that match.
The Eagles had previously put up an excellent display to draw 0-0 with Manchester City at Selhurst Park, missing a late chance to claim victory from the penalty spot.
However, Roy Hodgson knows his first-choice players used up a lot of energy when rounding off the busy festive period with those high-tempo performances and we expect him to rest a few here.
Palace have put in a huge shift to climb up from bottom of the table to 14th and Hodgson will already have one eye on next weekend’s home game against Burnley.
BRIGHTON 2-2 Bournemouth – Anthony Knockaert, Glenn Murray
Southampton 1-2 CRYSTAL PALACE – James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-0 Palace
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