Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Crystal Palace vs Brighton to draw 5/2 in Saturdays Premier League clash

Competition: Premier League

Market: Crystal Palace and Brighton to draw

Odds: 5/2 @ Bet365

With just five games remaining, Roy Hodgson will know that his Palace side are still far from out the woods and know they must pick up points on Saturday afternoon against a Brighton side who have begun to struggle as of late.

Entering Saturday’s match with just a three-point buffer over Southampton and with a game more played, former England boss will know that Brighton’s arrival on Saturday is arguably the biggest game in Palace’s season. For the Eagles, coming off the back of picking up a point against Bournemouth last time out, Hodgson and Palace are reliant on the form of Wilfred Zaha, scoring last week the Ivory Coast international is their key to survival. With just one win in their last 10 outings, it is defensively where the Eagles are starting to struggle, in their 14 games since the turn of the New Year Palace have managed to keep just a single clean sheet.

For Chris Hughton’s Premier League debutants, Brighton have enjoyed a successful first season among England’s top tier and while it may not be mathematically sealed, the Seagulls will feel they’re chances of extending their stay in the Premier League. Now seven points adrift of the bottom three, Brighton will also know the importance of getting back to winning ways after a poor run of recent form. Coming off the back of their own draw last weekend at the hands of Huddersfield, Brighton’s change in fortunes can also be put down to Glenn Murray’s goal drought. After scoring six in six, the 34-year-old has now failed to find the net in his last four.

Bet: Crystal Palace vs Brighton to draw 5/2 in Saturdays Premier League clash 5/2 @ Bet365>>

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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