Foot Predictions shows the Premier League clash on Monday between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Brighton and Hove Albion host Crystal Palace on Monday night, with the opportunity to move ahead of his rivals in the Premier League standings.
The Seagulls started the weekend seven points above the relegation zone, after an improvement in form, while Palace fell to 14th place thanks to two consecutive defeats.
Having assembled a talented team at the Amex Stadium, there is a strong argument that Graham Potter has achieved low performance since its arrival in Brighton.
However, a six-game unbeaten streak removed the Seagulls from any immediate problems, giving their fans every reason to believe that they could mount a late charge for a spot in the middle of the table.
Finding the bottom of the nets remains a problem for Brighton, who were frustrated after failing to turn their dominance into goals during the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa last weekend.
However, conceding just one goal at the other end since January 16 represents the division’s best return in that period, a record Brighton hopes to extend against an injured Palace team.
In addition to trying to end a three-game losing streak against the Eagles, Brighton will also advance their rivals on goal difference if they manage to win on the south coast.
Although the Palace is 10 points ahead of the worst three, the manager Roy Hodgson he will be concerned that his team may still be sucked into battle to avoid relegation.
The London team failed to put a glove on Leeds United or Burnley in their most recent games, extending a record of five losses in eight matches.
Their recent results coincided with Wilfried Zaha spending time away from the team due to injury, further highlighting the influence that the longtime winger has on this team.
Home games against Fulham and West Bromwich Albion ahead of the international break in March will provide Palace with opportunities to stay out of trouble.
However, the failure to produce much better performances in the coming weeks may leave Hodgson with more to think about in the final weeks of the campaign.
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With Zaha still out on the pitch due to a knee injury, Hodgson could remember a recent arrival at Palace Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Gary Cahill and Andros Townsend are among several players hoping to return after the display against Burnley.
James McCarthy returned to training this week, putting the midfielder in line to join the squad.
Adam Webster can be called back to Brighton XI after an injury, potentially causing Potter to return to position three.
Danny Welbeck may have its first start in 2021 with Neal Maupay having failed to score for more than a month.
Possible initial lineup for Brighton & Hove Albion:
Sanchez; White, Dunk, Webster; Veltman, Gross, Bissouma, Burn; Mac Allister, Trossard; Welbeck
Possible initial line-up for Crystal Palace:
Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate, Cahill, Mitchell; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedeweld, Eze; Benteke, Mateta
Probability: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Crystal Palace
Palace is under pressure to respond after two less than expected performances and Hodgson will feel that this is the ideal game to get back on track. However, Brighton has improved significantly since the turn of the year, which leads us to predict a difficult victory for the home team.
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