Graham Potter's side play host to the Eagles in front of the BT Sport cameras tomorrow lunchtime following a 1-1 draw away to Sheffield United last weekend, and the captain says the side are ready for the eagerly anticipated contest.
He said, “It’s the one we want to win - it doesn’t really need an introduction or any build-up.
“It was nice to do the double over them last season and we were really frustrated that we weren’t able to win there in December, because we dominated and felt like we did more than enough to get three points.
“Hopefully the Amex will be rocking, and we can get a win for the fans.”
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Adam Webster, Aaron Mooy, Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard all experienced the rivalry for the first time in December’s 1-1 draw and Dunk says they are aware of the significance of the fixture. “The new lads now know what it means,” said the skipper.
“The supporters say they are the biggest two matches of the year, but as players we have to take the emotion out of it and focus on getting a good result, as hard as that can be sometimes.”
Roy Hodgson’s men sit five points ahead of Albion and Dunk expects many more twists and turns during the remaining three months of the season.
“The competition is fierce,” he added. “Teams like Sheffield United and Leicester City are doing well and I think it’s getting close at the bottom and there’s a lot of sides in danger of going down.
“There’s still 11 matches to go and a lot can happen. It is going to be a big few months for us and we have to be at it every week.”