Brighton and Crystal Palace set to resume rivalry

Brighton head to Selhurst Park to take on arch rivals Crystal Palace, in which a win for the Seagulls would edge them ever closer to a second season in the Premier League. 

For Brighton and Crystal Palace fans, it's one of the biggest games of the season, and this year it has added pressure. 

The Albion currently sit in 13th in the Premier League, 6 points clear of the bottom three with 6 games to go. Yet the Seagulls are currently without a win in their last 4 in all competitions. 

They take on a Crystal Palace side who are just three points and one place above the dredded dotted line and have played a game more than Southampton who sit 18th. 

Albion fans will be hoping for a repeat result of when the sides last met, back in January in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at the AMEX, with the Seagulls advancing into the 4th round with goals from Dale Stephens and former Palace striker Glenn Murray as Brighton won 2-1. 

Both sides go into the game on the back of draws. The Albion were held 1-1 at the AMEX against Huddersfield last weekend. The Seagulls reverted back to their familiar 4-4-1-1 system with Jurgen Locadia dropping to the bench in place of Solly March. And it was March who played a major part in giving the Seagulls the lead when his low driving shot was bundled in by Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. 

However the Seagulls couldn't hold onto their lead when defender Shane Duffy failed to clear the ball and played a pass straight into the path of Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie who rounded Maty Ryan and placed the ball into the back of an empty net, to the shock of the North Stand behind the goal. And the Albion suffered a major blow into the second half when midfielder Davy Propper was shown a straight red card for a 50/50 challenge with Jonathan Hogg. 

Palace were away to Bournemouth last weekend and could only draw 2-2 despite goals from Wilfred Zaha and Luka Milivojević. 

Team News:

Anthony Knockaert is back following a three game ban, whilst Davy Propper stars the beginning of a three game ban after the appeal against his red card against Huddersfield was rejected. 

For Crystal Palace, Christian Benteke is expected to return following a groin injury however Bakery Sako, Jason Puncheon, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann will miss out through injury.

Key Opposition Player:

Luka Milivojević is the player to look out for on Saturday. He has scored  10 goals this season including 7 penalties from central midfield and will be able to orchestrate the midfield if the Albion pair of Dale Stephens and Beram Kayal are not able to keep the Serbian international quiet. 

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