Gus Poyet’s Brighton have barely had time to celebrate knocking Newcastle out of the FA Cup and being drawn to face Liverpool, as an even bigger game is already on their horizon.
Tuesday’s trip to Selhurst Park marks an opportunity for Albion to avenge their worst defeat of the season after their arch enemies, Crystal Palace, became the first Championship side to win at the Amex in September.
That defeat sent Brighton into a tailspin which saw them slip from the top of the Championship to 12th on the back of nine games without a win.
They have since recovered some of their early-season form, with the win over Newcastle their fifth in a row.
Palace, by contrast, have failed to build on their derby win with recent FA and Carling Cup eliminations leaving them to ‘focus’ on improving their 14th place in the league.
Their victory at the Amex means Palace remain 6/5 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market but given their recent form Albion look good value at 23/10, with the draw 21/10.
While they may have been impressive at Albion, the Eagles’ home form has been nothing special, with just one win and four goals at Selhurst since October.
They’re unlikely to improve on that against an Albion defence who’ve conceded once in three league games and it’s 23/10 for Palace to fail to score.
Albion aren’t exactly prolific themselves, averaging 0.7 goals per away game, making it a good bet that neither will score and it’s 6/1 for 0-0.
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However, the intensity of the fixture should ensure at least one critical mistake is made and with Albion’s recent form and Scotland striker Craig Mackail-Smith in their ranks they can be the team to take advantage.
It’s 5/1 for Brighton to get their revenge in a game of under 2.5 goals and 4/1 for them to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0, as they have in three-quarters of their victories this term.
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