England Premier League
Friday 14th January 2022
Kick off at 8pm GMT
Venue: Amex Stadium
Brighton come into this game unbeaten in their last 3 and being at home will feel full of confidence. Graham Potter’s side are in 9th place and have 27 points. The clubs weekend objective can only be to move into 8th place and past Wolves as they are four points behind seventh placed Manchester United.
Brighton’s last game finished in a 3-2 victory at Everton, a fantastic result for the club and by winning they also ripped up the history books. Incredibly it was Brighton’s first ever victory at Goodison Park. Before that the club surprised many with a battling 1-1 draw at Chelsea and they have lost just once in their last five games. At home the Seagulls record actually isn’t as solid as their away form with three games won from a possible 9. Indeed their w/d/l at home is 3-3-3. The club did win their last game here with a solid 2-0 victory over Brentford but from their last 15 points at home they have won just 5.
The gap between Brighton and Crystal Palace is five points and the Eagles come into this fixture in 12th place. Manager Patrick Vieira has done a decent job so far but recent form has taken a hit with just 1 win in their past four. The clubs last game ended in a 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham. The score and game was close but it would have been a worry for Vieira because Palace this season has been about how well they are performing at home. From the 23 points they have only six have come on the road.
The Eagles have really struggled away from home and has just 1 win from their nine games played winning 6 points from a possible 27. Palace have lost their last 3 games in a row away from home and have not won on the road since the end of October, ironically stunning everyone with a 2-0 victory at Manchester City.
Brighton: Lewis Dunk is back in training following his knee injury, it looks like he could return next week but will be assessed and remains 50/50 for this fixture. Yves Bissouma is on international duty. Enock Mwepu has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.
Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha and Chiekhou kouyate are all away on international duty. James McArthur is out until February with his hamstring injury. James Tomkins has a knock and has been ruled out of this game.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Head to Head:
Last season this fixture finished 2-1 to Crystal Palace.
It’s been six meetings since Brighton recorded a victory going back to 2019 but they haven’t won a home game against Palace in almost 4 years.
The last 3 meetings in a row has witnessed both teams to score.
Earlier this season in the reverse fixture the teams drew 1-1.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Prediction:
The Africa Cup of Nations is going to start affecting Premier League sides there is no question about it given the quality of player coming from Africa which has enriched the league. In this game Crystal Palace look most affected and they are playing away.
Patrick Vieira is doing a good job at the club and this was echoed last week by former Palace manager Roy Hodgson, what nobody is talking about though is that Palace have been fairly poor on the road and they are about to face a very good Brighton side who are on better form.
Palace have had good results over the Seagulls in recent years but we think this could come to an end this week and we will be backing Brighton to keep up the fight as they chase a European place this season.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips:
Brighton to beat Crystal Palace at 2.10
Anytime goalscorer: Neal Maupay at 2.25
Both teams to score at 1.80