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Brighton to win 2-0 against Crystal Palace- 13/2!


At 13/2, a £10 bet would return £75!

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace

March 15, 2023

7:30 pm GMT

Match preview

Despite the fact the two clubs are located 42 miles apart, this is one of the Premier League’s fiercest rivalries.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in seven meetings with Brighton, winning four of nine visits to the Amex, but the away fans will not be traveling south with much confidence this time.

That’s because the Eagles are still yet to win in 2023, following Saturday night’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

So, since beating Bournemouth on New Years’ Eve, Patrick Vieira’s team have taken just five points from ten games, scoring a measly four goals.

In fact, Palace have failed to have a shot on target in each of the last three games, the first time any club has done this since Premier League records began two decades ago.

What’s most amazing is that the Eagles have remained 12th during this entire period, although now they’re only three points clear of the drop zone.

With a trip to league-leaders Arsenal to come on Sunday, Vieira really needs a result here, or the pressure will intensify during the international break.

In stark contrast, Brighton & Hove Albion are chasing European football, and have a cup quarter-final to look forward to.

On Saturday, the Seagulls played out a throughly entertaining 2-2 draw with Leeds at Elland Road, with Alexis Mac Allister nodding home their opener.

Roberto De Zerbi’s team have lost just two of ten league games since the World Cup so sit seventh, nine points below fourth-placed Spurs, with this the first of three games in hand.

Also, on Sunday, Brighton will host League Two Grimsby in the FA Cup quarter-finals, heavy favourites to book their place at Wembley.

Everything points towards the Seagulls defeating the Eagles in this highly-anticipated mid-week fixture at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion team news

Roberto De Zerbi has dropped first-choice goalkeeper Robert Sánchez recently, meaning Jason Steele will continue to don the gloves.

Centre-back Adam Webster went off injured late at the weekend, so either Jan Paul van Hecke or Levi Colwill will deputise.

Kaoru Mitoma will be looking to add to his eight goals this season, while Evan Ferguson will continue to lead the line, chosen over Danny Welbeck.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Steele; Veltman, Dunk, van Hecke, Estupiñán; Caicedo, Groß, Mac Allister, March, Mitoma; Ferguson.

Crystal Palace team news

Cheick Doucouré will return to midfield, having been forced to sit out Saturday’s defeat to Man City suspended.

He’ll displace Luka Milivojević who’s previously scored twice in this fixture, both in 2018/19, both from the penalty spot and both in defeats.

Wilfried Zaha certainly saves his best for this rivalry, netting eight times against Brighton, the joint-most when facing any opponent.

Neither Odsonne Édouard or Jean-Philippe Mateta are in good form, but one or the other could return here, allowing Zaha to move back out-wide.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Guiata; Clyne, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Doucouré, Sambi Lokonga, Ayew, Olise, Zaha; Édouard.

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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