STAR PREVIEW Mon: Crystal Palace v Brighton

In this week’s Monday Night Football, Crystal Palace take on high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion in the A23 derby at Selhurst Park.

It has been a mixed start to the reign of Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace, which perhaps isn’t that surprising considering the huge overhaul of not only players, but also philosophy at the club over the summer.

They failed to score in their opening three Premier League matches before ending the drought in a 2-2 draw with West Ham and then getting their first win on the board against ten-man Tottenham Hotspur.

They were beaten 3-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield last, but by no means disgraced themselves. Klopp himself admitted in his post-match interview that ‘it was one of the most hard-fought 3-0s’ that he’d ever seen.

This is a results business, though, and Palace could really do with getting some more points on the board.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
8.00pm Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
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 2010 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

Graham Potter and his Brighton side were often praised for their style of play last season, but their failure to convert that good play into goals and results very nearly cost them.

Although they failed to sign a new striker in the summer, the side dubbed the ‘xG kings’ last year finally appear to be getting their just rewards for all their exciting, positive play. After five matches, they have 12 points on the board and a win over rivals Palace would send them to the top of the Premier League.

However, Brighton are winless in their last four against the old enemy with the Eagles snatching an unlikely 2-1 win at the Amex in February in the last meeting between the two sides. Potter will be hoping that that run can be brought to a crashing end at Selhurst Park on Monday and we’re backing them to do just that.

This Seagulls side look like a more ruthless beast to the one we saw last season and I expect them to put a Palace side to the sword who are still waiting for the jigsaw puzzle pieces to fall into place under their new boss. This fixture has a history of producing goals and, with Brighton finally finding their shooting boots this season, a Brighton win with over 2.5 goals looks the play here.

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