Crystal Palace will host the high-flying Brighton at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Monday. Graham Potter’s men are enjoying a bright start to their season, it will be interesting to see if they can continue their form against Palace?
Crystal Palace are currently 14th in the league table, with one win, two draws and two defeats. They are separated from the relegation zone by a margin of three points. So far, their best performance came in a 3-0 victory over Tottenham. In the recent matches, we have gotten a glimpse of just what exactly Pattrick Viera’s men are all about. They will definitely look to get back on winning ways against Brighton. Odsonne Edouard had a brilliant debut for the Eagles scoring two goals, while Wilfred Zaha remains an ever-present threat. Chelsea loanee Connor Gallagher has already established himself as an instrumental part of Viera’s line-up. Both Eze and Ferguson remain out of this fixture as they are nursing long term injuries. Jeff Schlupp remains doubtful as well.
Despite the dominant nature of the final scoreline, Palace did show few glimpses of what they might be able to produce in their upcoming fixtures. As is evident by the above stats, they created high xT from multiple areas on the pitch, including areas near the opposition box.
Wilfred Zaha created the highest xT from his passes followed by Connor Gallagher. The debutant Edouard had the highest xT from dribbles, 0.099.
The visitors are off to an excellent start this season. They sit at the fourth spot in the Premier League, securing four wins in the process. In addition, they have displayed defensive solidity conceding only four goals. The recent home win against Leicester City was arguably their best performance so far, a match that was marred by VAR controversy. Graham Potter would be looking to continue his team’s bright start to the season with an away win at Selhurst Park. His side lost 2-1 in their last meeting back in February. The Seagulls have many injury concerns. Mac Allister, Mwepu and Bissouma are doubtful to make an appearance. Adam Webster is set to miss out on the game. Trossard and Maupey will lead the line-up against the Eagles.
Both successful passes and successful passes per 90 puts Brighton in the fifth spot in the league just behind Premier League big club Liverpool, while their opponent Palace sit tenth. The Seagulls have scored seven goals so far averaging 1.29 goals per game.
Brighton are equally impressive in applying effective defensive pressure and high challenge intensity. Their PPDA of 9.20 puts them fifth in the league while their average challenge intensity puts them second.
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha
Brighton (3-4-3) Sanchez; Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Veltman, Bissouma, Lallana, Cucurella; Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck
Doubtful – Bissouma
Although Brighton are facing multiple injuries going into the fixture, their squad does have the talent to overcome it. Patrick Viera’s men will be desperate to get back to winning ways and their home advantage might come in handy. Overall, this will be a close game, a draw is the most likely scenario.