STAR PREVIEW Fri: Brighton v Crystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion renew their old rivalry with Crystal Palace on Friday night when the two sides meet in an intriguing Premier League encounter at the Amex Stadium.

The previous meeting between these two sides was in September with Neal Maupay’s 95th-minute equaliser for Brighton cancelling out a first-half opener from Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha.

The two sides now seem to be heading for a mid-table finish in the Premier League, but have both caught the eye at times this season and received plaudits from fans and pundits alike for the way they want to try and play.

For Brighton, the only issue has been one that has lingered from last season; finishing chances. Their performances have been largely very good but too often have games passed them by due to a lack of a clinical touch up-front.

This has led them to become the draw specialists of the league with nine of the 19 Premier League matches they’ve played so far ending in a draw. They will be hoping that the sparkling form of Alexis Mac Allister will continue, though, with the Argentinian midfielder hugely impressing in the recent weeks.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton
JAN 2018 FA CUP Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace

It wasn’t made easy for them, but Crystal Palace made it through to the fourth-round of the FA Cup on Saturday after a 2-1 win over London rivals Millwall at the Den.

A howler from goalkeeper Jack Butland gifted the home side the lead in the 17th-minute but a second-half fightback, which included goals from Michael Olise and Jean-Phillipe Mateta, saw Palace come away with both the victory and the bragging rights.

Olise, signed from Championship side Reading in the summer, was the standout player for Patrick Vieira’s side with many calling for Gareth Southgate to call up the 20-year-old to the England national team before he opts to represent either Nigeria or Algeria instead.

Palace will be boosted by the return of Conor Gallagher who, since arriving on loan from Chelsea in the summer, has taken his game to the next level and regularly impressed in the Crystal Palace midfield.

Three of the last five encounters between these two sides have ended in a draw and they are often tight and cagey affairs. Therefore, we’re going to back the draw here with a correct score of 1-1.


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