Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Albion can shade Eagles

Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Albion can shade Eagles

Kick-off: 2000, 22/02/2021

Stadium: Amex Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Brighton are still just below Crystal Palace in the Premier League table but have been playing much the better football of late.

Albion are unbeaten in six top-flight fixtures, beating Leeds, Tottenham and Liverpool during that time, whereas the Eagles are coming off two disappointing defeats.

Bookmakers have reacted accordingly, but 4/5 for a home win remains a clear form pick for our first Brighton vs Crystal Palace prediction.

A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds

Brighton did everything but score when held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa at this venue last time out.

Albion dominated the match, having 24 shots on the Villa goal – including nine on target – but were unable to find the crucial breakthrough.

Man of the match Emiliano Martinez made at least three superb saves to keep the Seagulls at bay.

“It was a really good performance, one of our best, if I’m being honest,” commented Graham Potter.

“We reduced a team of very good attacking players to very little and then their keeper made some very good saves.

“We’ve had some good attacks and some good carries with the ball – performance-wise, really, really good.”

To be fair, getting the ball in the back of the net has been an issue for Brighton this term, especially on home turf, so they are unlikely to cut loose here.

They are playing well enough to be worthy favourites, though, and have conceded only once in six league outings since a creditable 1-0 loss at Manchester City.

Looking at the Brighton vs Crystal Palace odds, we reckon 5/2 for a home win and under 2.5 goals in the game is fair value.

Last Brighton line-up: Sanchez, White, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Gross, Maupay, Trossard, Alzate.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Palace have a number of injury issues and their awful record when Wilfried Zaha is absent has only worsened with a 2-0 loss at Leeds and a 3-0 home defeat against Burnley.

Early goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jay Rodriguez set the Clarets on their way to a comfortable win, before Matt Lowton added a brilliant third in the second half.

That made it 18 defeats in 20 Premier League games without Zaha, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Jordan Ayew told Premier League Productions: “Wilf is a big player for the team. He is a big miss for us but we have other good qualities in the team and we have to be ourselves.

“We have to fight and we have to try and ease the pressure on Wilf as well, and try to do the best we can to get points. Hopefully, we start this on Monday.”

This may prove a tough test for the Eagles in their current mood, though, and they could have to wait for upcoming home matches versus Fulham and West Brom to steady the ship.

Let’s finish off our Brighton vs Crystal Palace betting tips by taking 7/2 for the scores to be level at half-time and then Albion to prevail.

Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Benteke, Batshuayi.

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Last result:

BRIGHTON 0-0 Aston Villa

CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 Burnley

Head-to-head: Palace 1-1 Brighton, Brighton 0-1 Palace, Palace 1-1 Brighton, Palace 1-2 Brighton, Brighton 3-1 Palace

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