Kick-off: 1400, 18/10/2020
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: Sky Sports
There are plenty of grudge matches taking place around Europe this weekend and one of them is at Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace host rivals Brighton.
There is no love lost between these two despite the 41-mile gap and the players will be well aware of what is at stake, even with the lack of fans in attendance.
Hopefully, that should lead to an entertaining game and there have been goals at both ends in five of the last six meetings, so both teams to score at 83/100 stands out as an obvious Crystal Palace vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace made a promising start to the season with victories against Southampton and Manchester United but were then edged out 2-1 by Everton and thrashed 4-0 at Chelsea.
The international break may have come at a good time for the Eagles, with manager Roy Hodgson unhappy with his team’s performance at both ends of the Stamford Bridge pitch.
“I didn’t think our attacking play was very good, it was nothing like the composure on the ball, passing on the ball that we would have wanted,” he said.
“It was a bad day for us, but we must give Chelsea some credit, they made it very difficult for us to get that passing game going that we wanted. We made too many individual mistakes at the back, and that tends to cost you.”
The team with the most possession has failed to win any of the last four meetings between these teams, so that may offer some encouragement to Hodgson.
Brighton had more of the ball and produced more shots in both games last season but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park and were beaten 1-0 at home in February.
They have looked more threatening in front of goal this season, though, and we fancy them for an away win at 7/4 in the Crystal Palace vs Brighton odds.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Sakho, Mitchell, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy, Eze, Ayew, Zaha.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton can feel hard done by that they only have three points to show for some impressive performances so far.
The Seagulls are averaging two goals per game despite hitting the woodwork six times. In addition, only five teams in the Premier League have taken more shots per match, while just two teams have taken fewer shots per 90 minutes than Palace.
Neal Maupay has netted four league goals in as many games, including in a 4-2 loss at Everton before the international break which gave us a clean sweep of three winning tips.
The striker is confident manager Graham Potter’s methods will bring positive results, telling the club website: “We are developing a new style and you can see we’re on the right track.
“Everyone is working hard and understands what the manager wants from us.
“We have come up against some top teams recently and you can see we’re going through a process, there’s no shame in losing against these top sides but we have to take lessons from the last few weeks.
“We’re going in the right direction and if we all keep together, we’ll be fine.”
We share his optimism so Albion to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 appeals at 21/4 as our final Crystal Palace vs Brighton prediction.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Lamptey, White, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Alzate, March, Connolly, Maupay, Trossard.
Chelsea 4-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Everton 4-2 BRIGHTON – Neal Maupay, Yves Bissouma
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-1 Palace, Palace 1-1 Brighton, Palace 1-2 Brighton, Brighton 3-1 Palace, Palace 3-2 Brighton, Brighton 2-1 Palace, Brighton 0-0 Palace
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