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PREVIEW: ALBION V CRYSTAL PALACE

27 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion host Crystal Palace at the Amex on Tuesday evening, as they looking to bounce back from Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Ashley Young’s deflected second-half effort off Lewis Dunk was the difference between the two sides in an evenly-fought contest in the north west, and Chris Hughton’s men have a quick chance to make amends for the result. 

Their opponents were late 2-1 winners over Stoke City at the weekend but sit bottom of the Premier League table on eight points after 13 matches.

Tomorrow night's match will be the first top-flight meeting between the teams since they last met at Selhurst Park in 1981, when the Seagulls ran out 3-0 winners and completed a league double over their rivals.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed on Monday afternoon that there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the fixture against Roy Hodgson’s men. Steve Sidwell remains the only injury for the Seagulls, but the midfielder could step up his recovery with outside work next week.

Visiting striker Christian Benteke could be pushing for a start as he continues his return to fitness following a knee injury, but Connor Wickham and Chung-Yong Lee remain long-term absentees for the Eagles.

FORM: 

ALBION:

The Seagulls’ defeat at Old Trafford was their first in six matches following a good run of form, both on the road and at the Amex in recent weeks. It was only the side’s second loss in seven – with the other coming at a fellow top-six side – Arsenal.

Wins on the road against West Ham United and Swansea City respectively, as well as home draws with Everton, Southampton and Stoke City, mean Hughton’s men sit in ninth position ahead of the game with the Eagles. 

PALACE:

By contrast, Hodgson’s Crystal Palace occupy 20th position in the Premier League despite a recent upturn in fortunes. The side are without a point on the road this season, but have four points from their last two league matches with a home draw with Everton and a win over Stoke City on Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MAN UTD 1
Dunk (OG) 66

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March (Izquierdo 75); Gross (Brown 88); Murray (Hemed 74).  

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal.

LAST TIME OUT: PALACE


PALACE 2
Loftus-Cheek 56
Sakho 90

STOKE CITY 1
Shaqiri 53

Palace line-up: Hennessey; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp; Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, McArthur (Benteke 45); Zaha, Townsend.

Subs not used: Speroni (GK), Van Aanholt, Dann, Fosu-Mensah, Sako, Puncheon.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Wilfried Zaha

The winger has been deployed in more of a striker’s role this term, given the absence of Christian Benteke, and has three league goals so far. A strike against Chelsea in mid-October at Selhurst Park gave the Eagles their first win of the season.

He also netted in the 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United at the end of that month, as well as in the 2-2 stalemate with Everton a week-and-a-half ago. Zaha was also on the scoresheet the last time the two sides met in the 2013 Championship play-off semi-finals in 2013.

His eye-catching start to the season has led to potential suitors taking an interest, with north-London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both reportedly looking to secure his services when the transfer window re-opens in January.


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