Encounters between these two sides have been close affairs with none of the past six meetings settled one way or the other by more than a single goal. The Eagles have however shaded recent contests as since 2019/20, all three clashes at Selhurst Park have ended 1-1, while they’ve edged out their hosts in both meetings at the Amex.
Another stalemate between the two would come as no surprise given Brighton have had the joint-most draws in the league this season with nine, while Palace are just behind on eight. In fact, the 1-1 stalemate these two played out in late September kicked off a run of 11 draws from 16 matches for Brighton over 90 minutes, with nine of them finishing 0-0 or 1-1.
Brighton And Palace To Draw 1-1
The latter scoreline would appear more likely here given that Graham Potter’s side have registered just two clean sheets from their last 13 appearances, even if these were garnered on home turf against Leeds and Brentford.
Moreover, Palace have been more ambitious going forwards under Patrick Vieira and have only failed to score in three of 16 games now, with two of those coming on the road to Man Utd and Tottenham.
The visitors will however be missing Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew in attack with the duo away at the Africa Cup of Nations, though youngster Michael Olise has stepped up with a goal and an assist in each of Palace’s past two games against West Ham and Millwall to alleviate their lack of wide men at present.
Elsewhere, Conor Gallagher returned from illness at the weekend, while Eberechi Eze was a revelation last season and is back from long-term injury, so will likely be involved in some capacity too. Moreover, the presence of strikers Cristian Benteke, Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta in the squad should ensure Vieira won’t be shorn of firepower.
James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate are both unavailable in midfield, but Will Hughes and Jeffrey Schlupp have both been in good form and so the Eagles shouldn’t have too many concerns in that area either.
The same can’t necessarily be said for Brighton, with the influential Yves Bissouma another away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Enock Mwepu a doubt after limping off at the weekend in the FA Cup.
Elsewhere, captain Lewis Dunk has an outside chance of making his first appearance since early December having been sidelined with a knee injury.
Palace Double Chance
Both sides can be happy with their campaigns to date, with neither embroiled in a relegation battle.
However, Palace’s recent record in this fixture leave them a more attractive prospect and they’ve only lost two of their 11 league matches against teams currently outside the top seven in the table this term (W3-D6-L2).
It’s also worth noting that since the start of last season, Brighton are just W2-D4-L3 where Yves Bissouma has played fewer than 30 minutes, so the visitors should enter this fixture as slight favourites.
PALACE DOUBLE CHANCE
BRIGHTON AND PALACE TO DRAW 1-1