Brighton v Crystal Palace
Monday, Jan 08 – 19:45pm
Brighton drew 2-2 with Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, after twice surrendering the lead to their south-coast contemporaries. Chris Hughton’s side have struggled to find top form over the last few weeks, needing a number of draws to keep them in sight of the top half of the Premier League table. Hughton has no fresh injury worries ahead of tonight’s match, but has confirmed that he will be rotating his squad, with Beram Kayal and Connor Goldson both expected to feature.
Crystal Palace defied the odds once again by beating Southampton 2-1 last Tuesday. Midfielder Bakary Sako was named man of the match against the Saints, after playing a part in both of Palace’s goals. The 29-year-old is expected to feature once again for the Eagles tonight. Roy Hodgson will be without Mamadou Sakho, Joel Ward, and Connor Wickham, who are sidelined with injuries; however, Patrick van Aanholt and Johan Cabaye have been confirmed as fit to start.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- The last time these two side’s met in the FA Cup was back in 1976, when it took three games to decide a winner, with the first two fixtures ending in a draw.
- The Seagulls have not managed to find the back of the net in four of their last five matches against Crystal Palace – The Eagles have failed to net in three of their last four.
- Brighton have progressed beyond the third round of the FA Cup in seven of their last eight outings in the tournament – last losing to Hull City in 2015/16.
- Crystal Palace have progressed to Round 4 in each of their last four campaigns – prior to this they were eliminated in Round 3 for three successive seasons.
Crystal Palace have managed to churn out some important results over the last few weeks, causing a few upsets in the process. The Eagles are looking stronger every match under Roy Hodgson, but with the Premier League being the manager’s key focus, we could see a weaker Palace side tonight. Brighton have a terrible goalscoring record against The Eagles, and Palace have struggled to find the back of the net against the Seagulls over their last few meetings. While you’d fancy Palace to edge it, under 2.5 goals is a safer bet.