This rivalry only seriously started to arise in the late 1970s when former team-mate managers and arch-rivals Alan Mullery and Terry Venables were bossing Brighton and Palace respectively.
Both teams have 40 wins apiece in all competitions since their first meeting back in 1920 and each side will be keen to pull ahead of the other this Monday.
Brighton have had a sensational start to their season with six wins from their seven outings in all tournaments. That includes an excellent victory hosting Leicester last weekend and they’ll be full of confidence heading to their rivals.
It hasn’t been quite as plain sailing for Palace. They have lost to big guns Chelsea and Liverpool which can be forgiven, while a 3-0 victory against a 10-man Spurs outfit was impressive.
Their other fixtures have both ended in stalemates against Brentford and West Ham. That has put them in good stead under their new manager Patrick Vieira and with all of Brighton, Leicester and Arsenal in their upcoming three fixtures, they’ll know the importance of picking up at least a point this weekend is.
Palace And Brighton To Draw
The Seagulls don’t have the best of away records over the last 10 trips dating back to early February, losing half of them.
Their three victories over that run came against a woeful Southampton outfit, and Burnley and Brentford this campaign, and we’d be concerned over their chances in taking maximum points even if they are currently sitting in fourth place in the league prior to this gameweek.
Moreover, visiting bottom half outfits since the start of the 2019/20 season, they’ve gone just W5-D7-L6 in those previous two campaigns.
The Eagles haven’t exactly been the most clinical of sides at Selhurst Park since the start of last term. They’ve won just seven of their 21 fixtures here over that time, drawing six.
Half their eight such defeats did come against Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal though, and given they remain unbeaten from their two matches at this stadium this season, the draw certainly looks an appealing one.
Palace And Brighton To Draw 1-1
Graham Potter does have a slight injury concern on his hands with Yves Bissouma being a doubt at the minute.
The midfielder has been a crucial cog for the visitors, but as it stands he looks likely to make an appearance at some point, while Adam Webster will remain on the sidelines.
Both head-to-heads here since the start of the 2019/20 season have finished exactly 1-1 and with the way these two sides are playing at the minute, that looks the most likely outcome again.
PALACE AND BRIGHTON TO DRAW
PALACE AND BRIGHTON TO DRAW 1-1
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