Crystal Palace vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Selhurst Park, London
Monday, 16-12-2019 @10:45pm
Ref: Craig Pawson
Crystal Palace have won only one of the eight top-flight meetings with Brighton (D2, L5). Brighton completed the league double over Palace last season for the first time since 1983-84. The Seagulls haven’t won three in a row in this fixture since December 1983. There have been 15 goals scored in the past four meetings in all competitions.
Crystal Palace are without injured full-backs Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward. Central defender Mamadou Sakho is suspended, with Jairo Riedewald expected to start in the Premier League for the first time since February 2018.
Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens serves a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards. Aaron Connolly’s fitness is being monitored but Solly March and Jose Izquierdo remain out.
Crystal Palace have kept three consecutive league clean sheets, one short of their top-flight record. They have lost each of their last three league games played on a Monday. Palace have kept six league clean sheets, a tally only surpassed by Leicester prior to the latest round of fixtures. A league-low 13 goals have been scored at Selhurst Park. The Eagles have 10 more points than at the same stage last season. If selected, Andros Townsend will be making his 200th Premier League appearance.
Brighton have won only one of their last five Premier League matches (D1, L3). Albion’s win at Arsenal in their last away fixture ended a six-game winless run on the road (D1, L5). They have won just seven of their 46 away fixtures since promotion to the Premier League (D10, L29). The Seagulls have kept only two clean sheets in eight away league fixtures under Graham Potter. A league-high 10 of Brighton’s 16 league fixtures have been level at half-time – a record they share with Palace. Neal Maupay has scored six league goals this season, three times more than any other Brighton player. Ex-Palace forward Glenn Murray has scored in his last four fixtures against the Eagles in all competitions.
The Premier League match-day 17 results so far
-Liverpool 2-0 Watford
-Burnley 1-0 Newcastle United
-Chelsea 0-1 AFC Bournemouth
-Leicester City 1-1 Norwich City
-Sheffield United 2-0 Aston Villa
-Southampton 0-1 West Ham United
-Man United 1-1 Everton
-Wolves 1-2 Tottenham
-Arsenal 0-3 Man City