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Premier League Wednesday preview: Brighton to boost European hopes

There is a Premier League double-header to look forward to on Wednesday, with Brighton hosting Crystal Palace and Southampton taking on Brentford.

The M23 derby has become one of the tensest in the Premier League, but the pair's contrasting form suggests it could be a one-sided affair at the Amex.

Meanwhile, Brentford will look to bounce back from losing their 12-match unbeaten run but will have their work cut out against a much-improved Southampton side at St Mary's.

Brighton to claim landmark win over Palace

WhatBrighton v Crystal Palace
WhereThe Amex Stadium, Falmer
When19:30, Wednesday 15th March
OddsBrighton 4/9, Draw 16/5, Crystal Palace 7/1

Palace's stagnant form seems to have gone under the radar. A look at the table shows they sit comfortably in 12th but that is actually just three points above the relegation places and they are still to win a game in 2023.

It has been a different story for Brighton, who sit seventh in the standings and have lost just one of their last eight in the league, while they have an eminently winnable FA Cup quarter-final at home to League Two Grimsby on Sunday.

Their league and cup form means the Seagulls have two routes towards a first-ever European campaign and they can boost their hopes with a seventh home win of the season.

Roberto De Zerbi's side are 4/9 in the Full Time Result market and a win would see them move up to sixth in the table. However, they have failed to win their last seven meetings with the Eagles, who are priced at 7/1.

In fact, four of the last five meetings, including February's clash between these two, have finished 1-1. This scoreline is available at 15/2 in the Correct Score betting, but the form is all with Brighton, especially with Palace failing to score in their last three matches.

Therefore, a home win to zero looks well priced at 5/4 in the Result/Both Teams to Score market. and this outcome appears very possible considering the Seagulls have kept clean sheets in three of their last four at home.

Mac Allister might be the man again

Alexis Mac Allister has been unreal at times for Brighton this season. The midfielder shone as Argentina won the World Cup in Qatar and the 24-year has maintained that form into 2023.

With seven goals, the 24-year-old is his team's joint-leading scorer in the league and two of those have come in his team's last two matches - the 4-0 win over West Ham and the 2-2 draw against Leeds.

Mac Allister scored his first-ever Premier League goal against Palace in October 2020 and is 9/4 in the Anytime Goalscorers Market.

He could also get on the scoresheet should a penalty be awarded. Palace lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Saturday courtesy of an Erling Haaland penalty, and with Mac Allister having opened the scoring from the spot against the Hammers, punters can get 13/2 on a Penalty for the First Goal Method.

In fact, discipline is something to look for in this game, with the card markets sure to be popular.

Moises Caicedo's yellow card at Leeds took his tally to seven in the league for the season and he is 9/2 To Be Booked again.

Another player to look out for in this market is 8/5 Cheick Doucoure, who was sent off in his last outing at Aston Villa on 4th March and also received a yellow card in February's reverse match.

Caicedo and Doucoure are brilliantly balanced players with an edge to their game, and the pair will be aware their battle could decide the game.

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Southampton could continue improvement

WhatSouthampton v Brentford
WhereSt Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
When19:30, Wednesday 15th March
OddsSouthampton 15/8, Draw 9/4, Brentford 6/4

Brentford were dreaming of Europe ahead of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Everton and could struggle against another relegation candidate on Wednesday.

Southampton have beaten Leicester 1-0 and drawn 0-0 at Manchester United in their last two matches and are 15/8 to grab another huge three points.

They have undoubtedly improved under new boss Ruben Selles and their purpose and cohesion on the field is a far cry from the chaos that was on show in February's 3-0 defeat at the Gtech Community Stadium under Nathan Jones.

That was one of seven home wins for Brentford this season, but they have triumphed just twice on the road and lost their last trip to St Mary's 4-1.

A repeat of that Correct Score in Southampton's favour is unlikely at 50/1 but a home win and both to score could come in at 5/1.

Alcaraz adding something to Saints

Saints have lost just one of their four league games with Selles at the helm and a victory on Wednesday would lift them off the foot of the table and out of the bottom three.

In contrast, ninth-placed Brentford could end the evening seventh in the standings if they snap their three-match winless away run and Brighton fail to beat Palace.

However, Southampton's fresh energy might just prove too much, with new signing Carlos Alcaraz at the heart of this new speedier Saints outfit.

The Argentine scored the only goal against Leicester and having seemingly emerged unscathed from the challenge that saw Casemiro sent off at Old Trafford, he is 5/1 as an Anytime Goalscorer.

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