England Premier League
Monday 22nd February 2021
Kick off at 8pm GMT
Venue: Amex Stadium
The Monday night game will feature two teams who could well stay up this season but have absolutely no guarantees of doing so after Fulham in 18th place won at the weekend to keep teams just above them on their toes.
Brighton are only 4 points from safety and Crystal Palace have a 7 point advantage but it only takes a couple of defeats to have alarm bells ringing and the 4 teams above Fulham, at this time, must consider themselves game for relegation.
Graham Potter’s Brighton are in good form and have no defeats from their last five games and have picked up 9 points in that time. Last weekend the club drew at home to Aston Villa and overall home form has been poor with just 1 victory so far. However recently they have remained undefeated at home for the last 4 games with their last defeat coming back in December against Arsenal.
Crystal Palace come into this game having lost their last two after defeats against Burnley and Leeds. The worry for the club is that they conceded 5 goals in those games without reply. With victory here the Eagles could move past Southampton although the Saints play in midweek.
Recent away form has been poor for Roy Hodgson’s side who have just one victory in their last five games. The Eagles last away match ended in a 2-0 defeat against Leeds and the club have lost 50% of their encounters on the road.
Brighton: Tariq Lamptey who has missed several games is pencilled in to return back for this one after his hamstring injury. Adam Webster has an ankle injury and is a big doubt for this game and Solly March is a long term injury and could be out until May.
Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey is touch and go to return from injury but will face a late test on his fitness. James McArthur is a doubt with a knock. James McCarthy could return and will be assessed. Jeffrey Schlupp, James Tomkins, Connor Wickham and Wilfried Zaha are all out long term though Zaha is pushing to be back by the end of the month.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Head to Head:
Last season Crystal Palace won this fixture 1-0.
Earlier in the season the teams drew 1-1.
The last 3 meetings have all seen under 2.5 goals.
Two of the last 3 meetings have had the correct score at half time as 0-0.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Prediction:
This is a game which screams draw with both teams probably happy to settle for a point at this stage of the season. It would benefit Palace a little more with their points advantage over Brighton and being the away side. Backing the draw can be risky but backing it at half time could be the way to go.
Palace have injuries and their form seems to reflect that and Brighton have the better form but have also notched up draws themselves. However given that Palace are missing some real quality Brighton will fancy their chances and as the game goes on the home side may find more options, so we will back Brighton to get what could be a narrow win.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips:
Brighton to beat Crystal Palace at 1.70
Half Time Result: A draw at 2.10
Correct Score: Brighton to win 1-0 or 2-0 at 5.00 and 7.00