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PREVIEW: CRYSTAL PALACE V ALBION

12 April 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion travel to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to return to winning ways when they play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon - kick-off 3pm - in what’s set to be a crucial game in the battle for Premier League survival.

The Seagulls are six points clear of the relegation zone with five matches remaining, while this weekend’s opponents sit just two points outside the drop zone and have one less game to play.

Chris Hughton’s men are without a win in three Premier League matches, but head to Selhurst Park on the back of two home fixtures that could so easily have led to more than just a point.

The sides played out a goalless draw when the Eagles visited the Amex Stadium in November, and bragging rights will be on the line again when the Seagulls make their first trip to Selhurst Park since 2013.


TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game, but Davy Propper will miss the match as he serves the first game of his three-match suspension.

Anthony Knockaert will be available again after serving his three-game suspension, while Steve Sidwell remains the only absentee through injury.

Crystal Palace could welcome back Christian Benteke to the team, after the striker missed the 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth with a groin injury.



Elsewhere, Bakary Sako and Jason Puncheon will miss Saturday’s game at Selhurst Park, as well as Connor Wickham and Scott Dann, who all find themselves sidelined through injury.




REVERSE FIXTURE:

Neither side could find a breakthrough when the Seagulls met the Eagles on the south coast earlier in the season, but Mathew Ryan was needed in the first half, as he made a terrific double save.

The Australian foiled Christian Benteke’s firm effort at goal, before rising back onto his feet to save from Wilfried Zaha, who should have done better from a his team-mate’s parried strike.

Glenn Murray almost snatched it against his former club, but the striker’s header from an Albion corner was cleared off the line by Andros Townsend, which ensured the spoils were shared.


FORM:
The Seagulls ended a three-game losing run with a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town at the Amex last weekend, but Hughton’s men will feel frustrated that more points were not taken from back-to-back games on the south coast.

Leicester City scored two late goals to seal a 2-0 victory over Albion, following Murray’s saved penalty in front of the North Stand - and that defeat came after Hughton’s side exited the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford.

Albion had previously strung together a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which included an impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Amex, and also wins against Swansea City and West Ham United.

The Eagles conceded in the closing stages against AFC Bournemouth to draw 2-2 at the Vitality Stadium, which followed a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Selhurst Park, after Roy Hodgson’s team had taken the lead.

Palace ended a seven-game spell without a win against Huddersfield midway through March, but defeats to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea came beforehand.

Hodgson’s team have only taken nine points since Albion sealed a 2-1 victory over the Eagles in the Emirates FA Cup third round in January.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1

ALBION 1
Lossl 29

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1
Mounie 32

ALBION: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; March, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 76); Murray (Ulloa 67).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Locadia.




LAST TIME OUT: CRYSTAL PALACE

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2
Mousset 65
King 89

CRYSTAL PALACE 2
Milivojevic 47
Zaha 75

CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessy, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; McArthur, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek; Zaha, Townsend.

Subs not used: Cavalieri (GK), Chung-yong, Kelly, Souare, Daly, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewald.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Wilfried Zaha

The winger has been deployed in more of a striker’s role this term and has scored five league goals so far. Zaha’s first strike of the season handed his team a first win of the campaign against Chelsea.

Goals against West Ham, Everton and Leicester City followed for the 25-year-old, before he scored Palace’s second goal in their 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth on the south coast last weekend.

Zaha has also chipped in with four assists for his team-mates this season, and will be looking to add to his tallies when the Seagulls arrive at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Palace man was on the scoresheet when this weekend’s opponents overcame Albion in the 2013 Championship play-off semi-finals, but has yet to net against Hughton’s men at Selhurst Park.

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Match Reports

REPORT: CRYSTAL PALACE 3 ALBION 2

14 April 2018

Bennett Dean
Glenn Murray stretches for the ball under pressure from Mamadou Sakho.
  • Wilfried Zaha (2) and James Tomkins on target for Crystal Palace
  • Glenn Murray scores for Albion against his former club
  • Jose Izquierdo also on target for the Seagulls
  • Albion remain seven points clear of the bottom three

Brighton & Hove Albion failed to move further away from the relegation zone following a narrow 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

All five goals came in an action-packed first half, as Wilfried Zaha’s brace and a James Tomkins strike helped secure all three points for Palace, while Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo found the net for the Seagulls.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town, as Beram Kayal replaced the suspended Davy Propper, while Jurgen Locadia came in for Solly March.

Palace took the lead with just four minutes on the clock, as Zaha tapped the ball home from point-blank range following Luka Milivojevic’s one-two with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Mathew Ryan was then called into action at his near post after he palmed away Andros Townsend’s effort.

The Eagles doubled their lead with 13 minutes on the clock courtesy of Tomkins, after Ryan failed to claim the ball following two shots inside the box. That lead to Shane Duffy making a goalline clearance, before the Palace centre-back fired home.

The deficit was halved just four minutes later as Murray hooked the ball home from Lewis Dunk’s header inside the box.

After taking the corner leading up to Albion’s first goal, Pascal Gross took aim from distance and saw his speculative effort fly over the upright.

Albion almost had a chance to level the scores when Kayal played a through ball towards Izquierdo in the box, but the Colombian was denied by Wayne Hennessey.

Palace struck yet again through Zaha with 25 minutes on the clock, as he headed home Milivojevic’s in-swinging cross to restore Palace’s two-goal cushion.

Despite the setback, Hughton’s men halved the deficit again, this time through Izquierdo, who sent an unstoppable curling finish beyond Hennessy from Locadia’s audacious assist.

It was nearly 4-2 in first-half stoppage-time when Milivojevic’s strike from distance took a nick off Duffy and forced Ryan into a fine one-handed save.

Hughton freshened up the left flank at the break, bringing on Anthony Knockaert for Locadia.

Knockaert was involved in Albion’s first opportunity after the re-start, but his free-kick from the edge of the box was comfortably collected by Hennessey.

Murray came within inches of levelling the scores on the hour mark when he stretched to meet Kayal’s perfectly-weighted cross, but saw his attempt go agonisingly wide of Hennessey’s far post.

Knockaert raced forward on the counter-attack from a Palace corner and nearly picked out Izquierdo, but Patrick van Aanholt tracked back well to make the interception.

Albion continued to press forward as the ball fell to Murray inside the area, but the forward saw his shot blocked.

Knockaert continued his fine performance following his introduction from the bench, and he whipped in an enticing cross towards Leo Ulloa, but Hennessey was out first to punch the ball clear.

The Welshman was called into action again moments later as he tipped away a Dale Stephens shot from distance.

Murray had a golden opportunity to seal a well-deserved point after a much-improved second-half display, but couldn’t guide in Kayal’s cross from close range as Palace claimed all three points.

ALBION: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong (March 86); Izquierdo, Kayal, Stephens; Gross (Ulloa 71), Locadia; (Knockaert 46) Murray.

SUBS NOT USED: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Baldock.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessey; Ward, Tomkin, Sakho, van Aanholt; Loftus-Cheek (Riedewald 80), McArthur, Cabaye (Benteke 71), Milivojevic; Townsend, Zaha.

SUBS NOT USED: Speroni (GK), Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Lee, Sorloth.

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Ticket News

PALACE SCREENING NOW SOLD OUT

13 April 2018

Bennett Dean
The Amex will show a screening of the match against Crystal Palace.

Tickets for the screening of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League match away at Crystal Palace this Saturday have now sold out.

Tickets are no longer available in either the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge, or in the West Lower section of the stadium.

Doors to the stadium will now open at the earlier than previously advertised time of 1.30pm, and it is recommended supporters arrive early to take their seats.  Last orders will be at 5.15pm with the stadium closing at 5:30pm.

Supporters with print-at-home tickets are reminded these tickets must be printed in advance on A4 paper and the barcode must be printed clearly to ensure quick entry to the stadium. 

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