Crystal Palace vs. Brighton / Premier League – In this match of the 34th round of English Premiership two teams that still fear relegation will meet on Saturday, where 17th-placed Crystal Palace has played one match more but has four points fewer than 13th-placed Brighton. The two teams have already met twice this season at Brighton’s stadium; firstly they drew 0-0 in the league, while at the beginning of 2018 the home team won in the FA Cup by 2-1. Begins: 14.04.2018 – 16:00 CET
Right because of that we have announcement from Crystal Palace ranks that they will give their maximum in order to win in front of home crowd, especially as they need points far more than Brighton for the survival race. We have said in the introduction that team from London is positioned just one place above the drop zone and have three points more than 18th-placed Southampton but have played one match more than they. On the other hand, 15th-placed Swansea and 16th-positioned Huddersfield have by one point more than the Palace, but the Welsh have played one match fewer than they.
Match with Brighton comes for Crystal Palace after they played a valuable draw last weekend with Bournemouth away 2-2, while three rounds ago they won Huddersfield away 2-1. However, at their stadium they will try to win after three consecutive defeats, despite that out of action for this match are injured stopper Dann, midfielders Punchon and Sako, and forwards Wickham and Sorloth, while not fully recovered defenders Ward and Schlupp, and forward Benteke are questionable.
Probable lineups Crystal Palace: Hennessey – Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt – McArthur, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek – Townsend, Zaha
The guests from Brighton will be definitely under less pressure than their rivals on Saturday given that at the moment they have even seven points more than 18th-placed Southampton, which is why it is hard to believe that can drop such big advantage before the end of season. However, the team is not in good shape and it won just one point from last three league matches when it drew with Huddersfield at home in previous round, while in the same period it also lost in the FA Cup to Manchester United.
Manager Hughton is probably most worried with very difficult schedule that Brighton has in remaining six league matches, and it would be very important if they win at least one point now at the Selhurst Park. Regarding problems with absences, in previous round standard midfielder Propper was sent off and now instead of him will play Kayal, while from before is out of action injured midfielder Sidwell.
Probable lineups Brighton: Ryan – Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong – March, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo – Gross – Murray
Crystal Palace – Brighton PICK
Regardless that Brighton is still in fear of relegation Crystal Palace situation is more difficult as the team has just three points more and played one match fewer than 18th-placed Southampton, so it is very important for them to win all three points on Saturday.
Pick: Crystal Palace wins
Odds: 2.00 at betvictor (down to 1.90 can be played)