There is usually no quarter given when Crystal Palace and Brighton meet in the Premier League and Roy Hodgson’s Eagles will hope they can build on last week’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City in Thursday’s M23 derby.
Palace have lost their last four games at Selhurst Park, but these tend to be evenly matched contests and Brighton will want to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at leaders Arsenal on Sunday.
As usual, there are a host of markets available for the game and we have a three-selection Bet Builder that will pay out at 9/1 if successful, as the final pre-Christmas gameweek of the season kicks off in south London.
An injury-time penalty gave Palace a surprise 2-2 draw at Manchester City last week but they need to raise their game at home after successive defeats to Tottenham, Everton, Bournemouth and Liverpool at Selhurst Park.
That poor run was preceded by goalless draws against Fulham and Nottingham Forest and this could prove to be another tight encounter.
The Eagles have claimed one home win all season and have scored more than once in just two of their eight matches at Selhurst Park.
Brighton have a reputation for being free-scoring, but their last three matches have featured a total of just five goals.
This derby tends to be a cagey affair with just one of the last eight generating more than two goals, so backing less than three to be scored on Thursday looks the way to go for the first leg of the Bet Builder.
While there may not be many successful strikes at Selhurst Park, there is a strong chance that there will not be many corners either.
No team have earned fewer corner kicks on the road than the Seagulls, who are averaging just three per away game this season.
That average could have been a lot lower had they not had eight in their recent 3-2 loss at Chelsea, but they had just one at the Emirates last week and that was the sixth occasion in eight away games that they have had three or fewer corners.
Only six teams average fewer at home than Palace’s average of five per match and half of their tally came in their games against Tottenham (11) and Everton (nine).
Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma has been a key figure for Roberto De Zerbi’s team this season but he is prone to giving away fouls and he could go into the book if the derby turns into a feisty affair.
He has picked up four cautions in the league and two in the Europa League, including bookings in his last two appearances against Marseille and Arsenal.
The Japanese star has committed a total of eight fouls in his last four matches so he could see another yellow card.
Roy Hodgson will be able to welcome Jordan Ayew back into the fold after he served his one-match ban in last week’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City.
However, Joel Ward is doubtful with a hamstring injury and Cheick Doucoure, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Rob Holding, Sam Johnstone, Odsonne Edouard and Jefferson Lerma are all ruled out.
Joel Veltman has suffered a knee problem and joins a lengthy injury list that includes Solly March, Julio Enciso, Tariq Lamptey, Adam Webster, Pervis Estupinan and Ansu Fati.
Palace have lost their last four matches at Selhurst Park.
The last four meetings between these two sides in London have been 1-1 draws.
Seven of the last eight games between these two teams have failed to generate more than two goals.
Brighton have lost two of their last 12 matches.
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