English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 9 March at 6 PM IST
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Free English Premier League Picks Brighton vs. Crystal Palace
It’s matchday 30 in the Premier League as Crystal Palace host Brighton at Selhurst Park on Saturday. After impressive away wins against Leicester and Burnley, Roy Hodgson’s men find themselves 8 points safe from the relegation zone on 13th in the League table. Crystal would want to improve their home record; winning only 3 of their 14 home games so far this season; recent home defeat includes thrashing at the hands of Manchester United (3-1). A narrow win against Huddersfield sees Brighton on 15th in the League table and five points clear of the drop zone. Although they still have a game in hand and a win here would place them above Newcastle United on 14th.
Palace might not have a good home record this season but they have lost only 1 of their last nine home meetings with Brighton in all competitions (W6 D2), going down 0-1 in October 2005 in the Championship. The Eagles are well on course to finish in the top 10 – having lost only 1 in their last 8 games. Crystal Palace has been good in the FA Cup as well; reaching the quarter-finals of the competition and will play away to Watford. The Eagles have a bitter rivalry against The Seagulls and both the sides would be hoping to find a positive outcome out of the match. One player who could be the difference between the two sides is – Wilfried Zaha, who’s had a good record against Brighton – scoring 5 goals in nine appearances against Brighton in all competitions – against no side, he has scored more. Mitchy Batshuayi has made an instant impact on the side and would be looking to continue his good form.
Brighton are looking to secure consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since December when they beat Huddersfield and Crystal Palace. In the reverse fixture, this season Brighton got the better of their rivals and are looking to do a double over The Eagles for the first time since 1983-84 in the second tier. Brighton manager Chris Hughton would believe his side can come out on top against their opponents – surviving in the Premier League so far is a good result for The Seagulls and a victory here would increase the trust from the fans for their manager. Glen Murray has been on top of his game this season for Brighton and has scored in each of his last three appearances against Crystal Palace in all competitions. The Seagulls would feel confident going into the match – knowing Palace’s home record hasn’t been good throughout the season.
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Crystal Palace have won just one their last six home Premier League (D2 L3)
Brighton manager Chris Hughton has won six matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions – against no side, he has won more in his career (also six against Reading and Leeds United)
Brighton have lost five of their seven Premier League matches in London (W1 D1) – prior to this run, the Seagulls had lost just five of their previous 30 league matches in London
After a run of 13 Premier League games without a single goal or assist, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been involved in six goals in his last six games in the competition (5 goals, 1 assist)
Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Brighton