The M23 Derby is the pick of the Saturday action as these two bitter rivals – Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion - go head-to-head for the bragging rights and precious points in avoiding the Premier League relegation scrap.
Crystal Palace head into Saturday’s Lunch time kick-off with a terrible home record lurching on their shoulders. Roy Hodgson’s side have the second worst home form in the league with two wins in the Premier League at Selhurst Park.
This is in stark contrast to how the Eagles land on their travels as Palace bolster the best away record outside the top six and have only lost once on the road since the start of the year - that match was against Liverpool too.
Visiting Brighton were the victors when the two sides met at The Amex Stadium back in December thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone, but since then the Seagulls’ form has taken a nose dive.
Chris Hughton’s men picked up their first win of the calendar year last weekend in a scrappy 1-0 home victory against Huddersfield. The bookies aren’t particularly confident that Brighton can repeat December’s derby win as shown by the 50/1 on offer with the bookies for this correct score selection.
In fact, despite Crystal Palace’s appalling home record, the Eagles are odds-on to win their third home game of the season with a best-price of 17/20 found with the bookmakers.
Brighton can be found at a whopping 4/1 to get one over their rivals, even though the last time the Seagulls managed to win consecutive Premier League matches was against Huddersfield and then Crystal Palace just four months ago.
For the spoils to be shared you are looking at a best-price of 13/5 with Betfair Sportsbook though this result has only occurred three times since 1985.
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Wilfried Zaha to score anytime @ 2/1 – BET NOW
The obvious place to look for value in this match has to be for Wilfried Zaha to score. Since the arrival of Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window, the Cote d’Ivore international has hit the ground running yet again.
Palace’s main man netted in last weekend’s crucial victory of Burnley and twice in their demolition of Claude Puel’s Leicester just a week earlier.
In fact, Zaha has scored four in his last four Premier League games when the Belgian has been on the pitch at the same time.
A best-price of 2/1 can be found for this tip and one that offers real value when taking into account that Zaha has doubled his goal tally for the season since the start if February.
Over 2.5 goals @ 6/5 – BET NOW
The previous two meetings between these sides have sprung up plenty of goalmouth action. As mentioned, back in December, Brighton were on the right side of a 3-1 victory on home soil, while Crystal Palace sneaked a 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park last season.
Seven out of the last eleven meets between these two sides has featured over 2.5 goals per game while Brighton, just this calendar year alone, have seen over 2.5 goals feature in eight out of their 12 matches. For Crystal Palace, on the other hand, over 3.5 goals has occurred in their last three matches..
The bookies are offering a tempting 6/5 best-price for this selection and one that we can be sure will come in based on history and current form.
Crystal Palace to win 3-1 @ 17/1 – BET NOW
Crystal Palace, despite their dismal home form, are definitely on an upward trajectory thanks to new relation between Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi up-front.
Brighton might have picked up their first win in the league this year last weekend, but the cliché of “form goes out the window in derbies” won’t be enough to stop Palace’s free-scoring force.
We are predicting that Roy Hodgson’s men will be romping to victory in this one with a 3-1 win the most likely outcome. You can find this selection for 17/1 best-price.
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