Crystal Palace take on Brighton on Thursday evening and the home side will be bringing in huge confidence after a draw at The Etihad Stadium last weekend. To come from 1-0 down to draw with Manchester City is a massive achievement and the defending by Crystal Palace was excellent.
A cool penalty from Michael Olise rescued a point for Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson’s men secured a valuable point on the road and now they face local rivals Brighton, who come into this on the back of a defeat at Arsenal.
Brighton tried to play their unique style of football, but unlike last season where they won 3-0 at Arsenal this year Arsenal adopted a more physical approach and dominated the game and could have scored a lot more.
Brighton looked tired in the game and the Europa League successes it seems have take its toll on the squad and the high pres that they like to play.
With no midweek football, Roberto De Zerbi can look to ensure the players recover from the schedule and they will be well up for a trip to Crystal Palace.
Mitoma was a key player for Brighton last season but has yet to hit the heights of last season. He still poses a massive threat as left one on one, Mitoma can make defences pay. Pascal Gross is another player who was very impressive last season and he will look to rediscover his form in the coming weeks.
Defensively Dunk at centre back is a colossus. He is improving all the time and reads the game so well. Crystal Palace will have to do something special to get past him as he marshalls the defence well.
For the home side, they battle well and with Olise ready to show his bag of tricks, he can unlock defences and can make things happy. Johnstone in goal, with Anderson and Guehi at centre back are a formidable pairing and it’s not often they concede more than a goal in a game.
With both sides complementing each other, this may well be a tight and low scoring game in front of a capacity crowd.
|Crystal Palace to win
|9/4 William Hill
|Brighton Hove Albion to win
Crystal Palace come into this game in positive form after a 1-1 draw at Manchester City and they will be looking to improve on that point and move up the table with a win.
For Brighton, they are now a well respected team in the Premier League and after a 2-0 loss at Arsenal, they know they need to improve and with their style of play, they can harm teams very quickly with their movement.
However, both teams are likely to cancel each other out and our punters.pub bet of the day in this one is Crystal Palace v Brighton to be a draw, which is 5/2 with Bet365