Crystal Palace aims for consistency

Crystal Palace aims for consistency

Crystal Palace is looking to finally stop being inconsistent as they meet Brighton & Hove Albion for the second time this season. During the first M23 derby this season just over a month ago, their match ended in a 1-1 draw. In the league table, these two teams are separated by 12 points. Brighton is at the seventh with 39 points, while Palace is at the 12th spot with 27 points. Moreover, these two teams are from different results coming into this game. Brighton is from a 2-2 draw against Leeds United, while the Palace suffered a defeat against Man City. This meeting will be on March 16, 2023, at 3:30 AM (GMT+8), with Brighton playing as hosts.

These two teams are no longer new to each other as they already have met for 108 matches already. From those 108 meetings, the hosts has a thin advantage against the visitors, winning 40 of those matches. The visitors on the other hand have won 38 games, while the remaining games all ended in a draw. However, looking at their recent record, it might be the visitors who has the advantage here. From their last seven matches against each other, the hosts are winless in those matches. Meanwhile, the visitors have won in four of those last seven games, while drawing the other three matches.

Crystal Palace

Premier League: Crystal Palace
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Inconsistency have been the number one problem for the Palace this season, which is why they are at the 12th in the league table. On their previous match, they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Man City. With that, they are hoping to bounce back in this game for them to at least retain their spot. This is not impossible though, as they were able to hold their opponent winless in their last seven meetings. They can gain confidence from this result, as they are hopeful for a win in this game. Moreover, when it comes to playing on the road against Brighton, they are also doing well, losing just once in their last five away games. The problem is that, winning seems impossible if they cannot address their issues ahead of this match.

The duo of Wil Hughes, and James McArthur are not participating in this game, as both have been ruled out due to their illness. On the other hand, Sam Johnstone will also not take part, following his calf injury.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion
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This season, Brighton have been fairly impressive, that is why it is no wonder that they are currently at the seventh of the league table. During their last match, they were held by Leeds United in a 2-2 draw, and are hoping to take a notch in this game. A win in this game could help them to move to the sixth spot, as they are just three points behind the sixth team. However, despite being impressive, it seems like going against the Palace is not a good news for them. They are winless in their last seven matches, failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 league match against the Palace. Brighton can gain confidence though as they have won three of their last four league matches at home.

Tariq Lamptey remains to be a major doubt in this game, following the knee injury he sustained against West Ham. Aside from him, Adam Lallana, and Jakub Moder both remains on the sideline. Levi Colwill on the other hand is already up for selection in this match, as he already recovered from his health issue.

Prediction:

Brighton & Hove Albion (1.5)
Odds: -0.89

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