Betting preview: Crystal Palace vs Brighton - Back Seagulls to win tight derby clash

Brighton look like they have the momentum right now as they prepare for a derby clash with Crystal Palace.

One of English soccer's strangest rivalries renews hostilities in the Premier League when Crystal Palace and Brighton clash at Selhurst Park.

It is a rivalry borne of neither regional proximity, ancient history, nor battling each other for honours, but it is certainly a very real rivalry.

The rivalry goes back to the 1976/77 season when feuding bosses Terry Venables and Alan Mullery clashed with each other in an FA Cup tie that resulted in Mullery confronting Palace fans before storming the Eagles' locker room.

In fact, it got so petty that after that season that when Palace changed their nickname to the Eagles, Brighton immediately followed suit and became the Seagulls (from the Dolphins) - presumably because they didn't want Palace to have all the ornithological-based prestige.

When, where and how to watch

When: Monday, September 27, 8pm BST

Where: Selhurst Park

How to watch: Sky Sports

Bet builder

Brighton and Hove Albion to win at 6/4

Brighton to keep a clean sheet 15/8

Danny Welbeck to score the first goal at 6/1

Sometimes things just seem to come together for a team and they find a really impressive groove, and that is what has happened to Brighton right now.

The Seagulls lie sixth in the Premier League and there has been nothing lucky about it.

They have won four of their first five matches this season, while for Palace the reverse is true - they have only won one of their five.

The form book alone screams away win, then, and we'd probably be well-advised to listen to it and back Brighton to get the job done. 

Last three meetings

Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace (Premier League - February 22, 2021)

There is little doubt that Palace have had the best of the meetings between these two sides lately, including a win at the Amex earlier this year.

On the day it was a real heartbreaker for Brighton too, who thought they had earned a point after Joel Veltman cancelled out Jean Mateta's opener.

Christian Benteke had other ideas, though, and he grabbed a winner deep into injury time.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton (Premier League - October 18, 2020)

In the corresponding fixture last season it was Brighton who benefited from late drama.

Wilfried Zaha had given Palace the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half, and that looked like being enough to see the Eagles home.

However, Alexis Mac Allister was able to conjure up a last-minute leveller.

Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace (Premier League - February 29, 2020)

It was Crystal Palace who again took the spoils in this one, which took place just before the COVID outbreak brought Premier League soccer to a pause.

They were made to work hard for the win, though, and had to be patient before finding the breakthrough at the Amex Stadium.

This time it was Jordan Ayew who was the goalscoring hero in the 70th minute.

Premier League head-to-head

Crystal Palace wins: 3

Draws: 3

Brighton wins: 2

Crystal Palace goals: 10

Brighton goals: 10

Eagles to draw a blank again?

Another thing to consider is whether Crystal Palace are going to be in the mood. They have failed to score in three of their five matches this season yet managed five in the other two.

It seems to be a feast or famine kind of situation for the Eagles in terms of their goalscoring, and it might just be a famine kind of a night looking at Brighton's recent defensive record.

Indeed, only Everton have managed to score more than once past Brighton this season.

In all the Seagulls have kept two Premier League clean sheets and two more in the League Cup, so it may be a case of an attack lacking confidence trying to get behind a defence with plenty of it, and that is often a good recipe for a clean sheet.

Goalscorer bet

There is little doubt that Neal Maupay is still the main threat for Brighton. The Frenchman has three goals in five games this season, and he can be backed at 2/1 to score anytime in this one.

You might want to consider Danny Welbeck instead, though.

The former Manchester United and England man is no stranger to the big occasion so is unlikely to be fazed by the hostile atmosphere in Selhurst Park.

Welbeck can be backed at 6/1 to score the first goal and 11/4 anytime.

For Palace, Christian Benteke has been a thorn in Brighton's side before, and he can be backed to score again against them at 13/5.

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