Fierce rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion will play out the M23 derby in the English Premier League, with both teams aiming to bounce back after consecutive defeats. Palace are 12th in the standings with six points from four matches, while Brighton are 15th with three points from the same number of matches.
Palace started the season with a bang picking up back-to-back wins. A 1-0 win over Southampton was followed by a 3-1 shock victory at Manchester United. However, that was followed by a 2-1 loss to in-form Everton and a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea in the London derby before the international break. Palace have won 1-0 in their last match against Brighton at the Amex Stadium in February, but have not won back-to-back league matches against them since September 2011. Crucially, the home form is also up and down for Palace who have won just one of their last six Premier League home matches – one draw and four losses punctuating the sequence.
Brighton are coming off consecutive losses themselves – a 3-2 loss to Manchester United followed by a 4-2 defeat against Everton. The ‘Seagulls’ were the better team against United and hit the woodwork numerous times but that is no consolation to how they dropped points. Brighton will be worried about their defence having conceded 10 goals already, with only four teams conceding worse. That said, Brighton have an impressive recent record away from home. The ‘Seagulls’ have lost only once in their last nine Premier League away matches, although that came in their most recent trip.
Crystal Palace had a very bright start to the season, but have soon lost the momentum. Two straight losses are not the ideal way to prepare for a derby against a team that has avoided defeat in four of the five top-flight visits to this venue. Additionally, Brighton have proven to be a stubborn opponent on their recent travels. We are backing the visitors on the double chance market. As for the individual scoring tips, Neal Maupay is in line to become the first player since 2017 to score in four consecutive appearances for Brighton. A medium wager on him scoring a goal anytime is an interesting pick.