Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Albion can shade M23 derby

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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.

However, the Seagulls did create the better chances on that occasion and they get the vote to prevail at 8/5 in our Brighton vs Crystal Palace betting tips.

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.

Looking at the Brighton vs Crystal Palace odds, we like 31/10 for the hosts to oblige by a one-goal margin.

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.

We don’t like deserting the Eagles, but 13/2 for Albion to prevail 1-0 completes our Brighton vs Crystal Palace betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

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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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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