By News Team
19th February 2021
Monday’s Premier League fixture sees the M23 derby reignite. Crystal Palace head to Brighton in a clash that could prove to be pivotal in the relegation scrap or the fight for midtable.
Since the Seagulls were promoted to the top flight in 2017, the two teams have faced each other eight times, with Brighton having the edge, winning three compared to Palace’s two. Who will have the upper hand on Monday?
Can the Seagulls continue flying?
Brighton have been in fantastic form recently and Graham Potter’s men will be looking to continue that run on Monday. They are unbeaten in their last six fixtures, winning three of those and drawing the rest. During this run, they’ve taken three points from both Liverpool and Spurs. In fact, the last team they lost to was Manchester City, who haven’t been behind for a single minute in 2021. It is this form that makes them 8/11 favourites on Monday night.
Despite this positive run, they find themselves 16th in the table and only seven points away from the drop zone. It is imperative that they extend that distance, especially doing so by beating teams around them in the league. They have been quietly going about their business but have been low scoring in doing so. Brighton haven’t beaten a team after scoring two or more goals since a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa back in November. If they continue this form then the game won’t be a goal-fest and under 1.5 goals is currently priced at 7/4.
Despite not scoring as many as they would have wanted to, their goals seem to all stem from one player: Neal Maupay. The Frenchman has bagged seven goals this season and is their top scorer by four goals. He’s 10/3 to open the scoring or 5/4 to net at any time against the Eagles.
Inconsistent Palace looking to turn things around
Inconsistency has been a big problem for Crystal Palace this season. They’ve taken points off the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Leicester but, as was the case last weekend, can get thumped by the likes of Burnley just as easily.
Wilfried Zaha’s absence has been a massive factor in their last few results and it’s evidently clear that Palace miss their star man. They’ve lost 18 of the last 20 games in which he hasn’t played and have been unable to score in 16 of those 18 defeats. The stats don’t make for pretty reading, but Roy Hodgson has insisted that they will “have to live without him” and are desperate to get back to winning ways after two consecutive losses. They go into this tough fixture at 9/2.
One shining light for Palace this season, however, has been Eberechi Eze. Palace’s summer signing has proved to be a solid addition to the team, scoring three goals and assisting the same number. Hodgson will be relying on his creativity and flair to bring Palace forward and he is 11/2 to score in the fixture.