Saturday 9 March: 12.30pm K0
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They may well be a long distance between these two clubs but it’s still seen as a derby match. The fans certainly don’t get along that is for sure. Back on the pitch, both Palace and Brighton still have a few relegation worries but wins last week have reduced those fears.
Crystal Palace start the weekend in 13th place in the Premier League. A win at Burnley last week and the deteriorating form of Cardiff City means the London side are now eight points clear of the relegation zone. They are now 100/1 (101.0) at Bet365 to end up in the bottom three.
Last season saw Palace make a terrible start before recovering under Roy Hodgson. It’s been another struggle this time around with only nine league wins. They are only four points adrift of tenth place and are 7/2 (4.5) at Unibet to finish in the top ten this season.
They don’t have too difficult a run-in but will be happy when getting a couple more wins to make them safe. After a poor start to 2019, Crystal Palace have only one loss in their last five league games with three wins. It’s 5/6 (1.83) at Betfair that they win this match.
Home form has been a real struggle for Crystal Palace this season. Only Huddersfield Town have earned less home points than them. Just the three home league wins all season with victories over Burnley, Leicester City and Fulham. It took them to the end of October to score their first Premier League goal at Selhurst Park and only 10 have been scored in 14 games. Only 15 home goals have been conceded though but no other home fans have seen less Premier League goals scored than the poor Palace supporters.
Brighton and Hove Albion are 15th in the table but a vital 1-0 home win over Huddersfield Town last week has taken them five points clear of the bottom three. The odds on them being relegated this season are now 16/1 (17.0) at SkyBet.
That win over the Premier League’s bottom side was a very welcome one. The previous seven league matches had only produced draws with Watford and West Ham. Their low-point was taking a 2-0 lead at Fulham only to lose 4-2. Crystal Palace are 21/2 (11.5) at Unibet to come from behind to win this match.
If Brighton are to avoid relegation, they might need to confirm that after 36 games. Their final two fixtures see them traveling to Arsenal and hosting Manchester City. Like their opponents, they have an upcoming FA Cup quarter-final to play this month but it’s Premier League safety and all the riches that come with it that will be their target.
They only have one point from their last six away league games.14 away league games have seen them win just twice (at Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town) and it’s 4/1 (5.0) at BetVictor that they win at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four home games against Brighton and Hove Albion. The south coast side have only lost one of their last four matches against Palace and beat them 3-1 at home in this season’s reverse fixture.
Brighton and Hove Albion have Solly March and Jurgen Locadia fit again.
Both Teams To Score?
The last three games played between these two sides have seen both teams score. That’s also happened in four of the last six Brighton league games and four out of five for Palace. The odds on both teams scoring on Saturday are evens (2.0) at William Hill.
A Goal for Brighton?
Brighton may have a poor away league record but they usually find a way of scoring. They have scored in each of their last four away league games and eight of the last ten. You can get odds of 8/13 (1.61) at Betfred on them getting a goal at Selhurst Park.
Both teams will be glad of their win last weekend that has eased their relegation fears. Crystal Palace seem to have more momentum at present and with home advantage can win this game. A bet on Crystal Palace to win with both teams scoring is 10/3 (4.33) at Paddy Power.