Preview - Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion 14 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.58
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojevic (10)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: W L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (11)

A big game at the bottom of the table at Selhurst Park this weekend as Brighton come to town to take on Crystal Palace. Brighton sit in 13th on 35 points but aren't quite out of the woods just yet. Crystal Palace though have the drop zone just on their heels. Fourth bottom and only three points clear of the drop, they have little room for error here.

Crystal Palace - as has been the case for some time now - could just about make a full side from their list of injured players. Joel Ward, Jeffrey Schlupp and Christian Benteke the latest additions to the list of walking wounded. With Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend all fit though, they do at least have most of their key attacking players ahead of a match they must win.

Brighton aren't anywhere near as afflicted with absentees as Palace, but will be without the suspended Davy Pröpper and injured Steve Sidwell.

It is in the attacking third were Palace should be able to make their advantage pay here. Whether Benteke makes it or not, Wilfried Zaha has been impossible to contain at times since his return and can be expected to create enough to see off a Brighton side who have managed only a woeful 7 goals away from home all season.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 3 - 2
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots: 15 - 12
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 6
Possession: 50% - 50%

Three in the book for Palace here with Luka Milivojevic, Wilfried Zaha and Wayne Hennessey all seeing yellow. Brighton's Dale Stephens and Beram Kayal also had their names taken by referee Andre Marriner.

Palace got off to a flier, taking the lead after just five minutes. Luka Milivojevic receiving the ball in the right-hand side of the area following a corner and smashing at goal from a tight angle. The ball smuggled under keeper Mathew Ryan and Wilfried Zaha was on hand to tap home.

The second came following an almighty goal mouth scramble in the 14th minute. James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and James McArthur all having a stab at it before Tomkins eventually found the net at the second attempt.

In the 18th minute Brighton were back in it. Pascal Gross's corner from the right being met by Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray applying the finishing touch just about on the goal line. 2-1.

Palace restored their two-goal cushion in the 24th minute. Milivojevic given all the time in the world to pick out the run of Zaha in the box, and Zaha heading home from around six yards.

The home side certainly didn't seem to want to do this the easy way and in the 34th minute Brighton again got one back. Jurgen Locadia playing an excellent through ball to find Jose Izquierido breaking into the left-hand side of the box. Opening up his body the wide man finished excellently into the far bottom corner. 3-2 at half-time.

After the goal frenzy of the opening period, the second half was tame in comparison with Brighton just about having the best of it. They really should have had their equaliser too, with Glenn Murray guilty of missing an absolute sitter. That's as close as Brighton came. 3-2 final score.

A huge, huge win for Roy Hodgson's men this. The four teams below them all have a game in hand at present, but a six-point gap back to the relegation zone nevertheless gives the Eagles some much needed breathing space.

Brighton sit in 13th on 35 points, which given the way the bottom three are playing may yet be enough to stay up as it stands.

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