FA Cup - Preview - Brighton vs Crystal Palace 9 Feb

Started by Bensergi, Jan 08, 2018, 08:18 PM

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Brighton vs Crystal Palace

This marks the last match of the FA Cup 3rd round proper.

Somehow, Brighton can't seem to crack the Palace defence. In four of their last five encounters, they have failed to score against them.

That doesn't bode well for the Seagulls in this Battle of the Birds. Both teams met twice before in the FA Cup, the most recent in December 1976. The tie went to a second replay after the first two games ended in a stalemate.

Since being eliminated at this stage in three successive seasons between 2010-11 and 2012-2013, the Eagles have reached the fourth round in each of the last four seasons, including an FA Cup final appearance in 2016.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has no new injury problems, with midfielder Steve Sidwell remaining the only long-term absentee because of a back injury.

Connor Goldson, Beram Kayal and Jiri Skalak are all expected to play.

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann and winger Jason Puncheon are both out for the rest of the season because of serious knee injuries.

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and defenders Joel Ward and Mamadou Sakho are also unavailable for Roy Hodgson.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • Shots: 18-5
  • Possession: 56%-44%
  • Corner kicks: 10-6


Glenn Murray scored against his former club as Brighton beat Premier League rivals Crystal Palace to progress to the FA Cup fourth round.

Dale Stephens had given the hosts the lead in the first half with a thumping strike at the near post.

Bakary Sako's stunning drive from 25 yards had looked to have earned Palace a replay.

But substitute Murray struck from close range following a free-kick to send Brighton through.

It was the first competitive game in England in which video assistant referee (VAR) technology was made available.

Palace players felt a review process should have been triggered after Murray's winner, with some suggesting he had handballed.

Referee Andre Marriner briefly communicated with the VAR team but did not feel a need to consult the pitch side monitor, happy that the goal was legal.

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