It may not be one of football’s better known club rivalries, but there’s certainly no love lost between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion as they prepare to do battle in their play-off semi-final first leg at Selhurst Park this evening.
The teams head into the game in rather contrasting form, with Crystal Palace picking up their first win in ten games last weekend, while Brighton are unbeaten in nine and secured victory in each of their final three league matches.
It’s been quite a turnaround for the Seagulls since Gus Poyet took the reins three-and-a-half years ago with the club languishing towards the bottom of League One, and they are now on the verge of top-flight football for the first time since 1983.
However, Ian Holloway knows what it takes to guide a side into the Premier League via the play-offs having done so with Blackpool three years ago and he’ll be desperate for his charges to make home advantage count tonight.
The south London club head into the game as favourites to take a lead to the Amex Stadium at 27/10, with the draw at 9/4, while success on the road for Brighton can be backed at 19/10.
Before placing your bets on the match, here are some stats to take into consideration.
3 – Both league encounters this season saw 3-0 victories for the respective home side. It’s 333/100 for tonight’s match to see exactly three goals.
17 – The last five meetings between the two clubs have produced 17 goals. Over 2.5 goals in this encounter can be backed at 21/20.
23 – Brighton opened the scoring in exactly half of their league matches this season. The price on them netting the first goal this evening is 6/5.
46 – Of the 73 goals the Eagles have managed this season, 46 have come in the second half. They’re 12/5 to score more goals after the break than in the first half.
85 – The number of goals the two sides have bagged between them in the second period of games. Over 1.5 goals in the second half is priced at 27/20.