By 90Min
November 27, 2017

There may be 45 miles between Selhurst Park and the Amex Stadium but Brighton vs Crystal Palace is a fierce derby fixture. This is the first time the two sides have met in any division since 2013 and the first time in the top flight since 1981. 

Palace will be looking to build on their late victory over Stoke on Saturday while Brighton hope to keep up their good home form.

Here is all you need to know about the M23 derby.

Classic Encounter

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The last meeting between these two fierce rivals was a Championship Play-Off Semi Final in May 2013. After a goalless first leg at Selhurst Park, it would be Palace who were to advance to Wembley thanks to a 2-0 win in the 2nd leg. 

Both goals were scored by Wilfried Zaha, who turned in a performance that persuaded Manchester United to spend £10m to sign him. The Eagles would secure promotion to the Premier League thanks to a 1-0 win over Watford in the final. 

Recent Form

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Brighton have adjusted well to life in the Premier League and currently sit in midtable. The Seagulls were on a 5-game unbeaten streak before Saturday's 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Only runaway leaders Manchester City have won at the Amex this season with Brighton's last two home games ending in draws against Everton and Stoke.

Crystal Palace remain at the foot of the Premier League but picked up their second win of the season against Stoke on Saturday. Palace are yet to score a goal or pick up a point away from home this season but performances in defeats against Newcastle and Tottenham in recent matches have been encouraging for Roy Hodgson.

Key Battle

Glenn Murray vs Mamadou Sakho

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Glenn Murray has had an interesting history with this fixture. Having helped Brighton to win the League One title in 2010-11, Murray then switched to Palace. He spent 5 seasons at Selhurst Park before leaving for Bournemouth and eventually he returned to Brighton last season. 

He has never played for Albion in this fixture and will be looking to be on the scoresheet. The man tasked to stop him is Palace's hero from the weekend, Mamadou Sakho.



This promises to be a fierce battle at the Amex and whichever team copes with the occasion better is likely to win. Brighton have gone well at home this season and it could be another miserable away day for Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace.

Prediction: Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace

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