Preview - Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion 09 March 19

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Mar 07, 2019, 01:42 AM Last Edit: Mar 07, 2019, 08:47 PM by Harry85
Match Day 30
Crystal Palace vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, March 9th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.21
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević & Wilfried Zaha ( 8 )

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.07
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (10)

The Match Day 30 Premier League action kicks off at Selhurst Park as 13th placed Crystal Palace play host to 15th placed Brighton & Hove Albion. Brighton stopped the rot with a win over Huddersfield last weekend, but still only five points clear of the relegation zone, they aren't out of the woods just yet. A win here would see them move level on points with Palace.

There have been a few goals around in the recent games between these sides; Palace winning this one 3-2 last season and Brighton coming out 3-1 on top in the clash at the Amex earlier in the current campaign.

Pape Souaré and Mamadou Sakho are out for the home side. Leon Balagun is the only confirmed absentee for Brighton at this stage.

Palace are playing some decent stuff at present but haven't been good at home overall this season, winning only three of fourteen to date. The fact that they have won 6 on their travels perhaps illustrates that this is a side ideally suited to playing on the counter rather than picking teams apart.

Crystal Palace may have a pretty average record at home, but it is still better than Brighton's away form, with the Seagull's having just two wins and 10 defeats from their 14 games on the road this season.

Brighton may have beaten Huddersfield but they weren't particularly impressive in doing so. Palace on the other hand really do seem to be hitting some decent form and can come out on top here.



Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  15 - 4
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 0
Possession: 63% - 37%

Anthony Knockaert, Martin Montoya, Glenn Murray, Mathew Ryan and Bernardo were all booked for Brighton in this one, with Scott Dann being the only Palace player to have his name taken by referee Craig Pawson.


Palace certainly dominated on the stats, coming out miles clear in terms of possession and total efforts on goal. Brighton were there match when it came to shots on target though so perhaps weren't quite so lucky to come away with all three points as an initial glance at the figures would suggest.


You won't see too many more route one goals than Brighton's opener which arrived in the 19th minute. A long hoof forward from Lewis Dunk being comically defended by the Palace back line, allowing Glenn Murray to latch onto it and rifle into the bottom left from just inside the box to the right-hand side. Fine finish. 0-1 at the break.


Five minutes into the second half the home side were back on level terms. Andros Townsend being felled just inside the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Luka Milivojević stepping up to confidently convert into the right-hand side.


The winner arrived in the 74th Minute and it was a beauty. Anthony Knockaert picked out on the right-hand side with a long ball. Knockaert cutting inside and curling an excellent effort into the top left corner from just to the left of the D. 1-2 final score.


Huge win for Chris Hughton's men this one. The Seagulls had been plummeting towards the relegation positions at a most alarming rate and few would have predicted they would come here and pick up the win. Brighton move up to fifteenth and level with 14th placed Palace on 33 points and are now crucially five points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand.








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