Crystal Palace vs Brighton – Prediction (Premier League – 16.12.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Crystal Palace find themselves unbeaten in their last three Premier League (PL) games (W2, D1), their joint-longest streak in the league without a loss this season. They face fierce rivals Brighton and Hove Albion knowing they’re yet to suffer defeat this season when deemed the pre-match favourite (W3, D1), all of which were at Selhurst Park. Entertainment in the form of goals hasn’t been the name of the game for the ‘Eagles’ this season as their PL matches have averaged only 2.00 goals – the lowest in the league going into this round of fixtures. Seven of their eight PL home encounters contained under 2.5 goals, but only the current PL top-three has defeated them at home.

Brighton have earned plaudits for their approach under manager Graham Potter but they’re actually two points worse off now than at this stage last season. Nevertheless, the ‘Seagulls’ are in decent form over their last seven games (W3, D1, L3), with only Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester United beating them in that period. Potter’s men successfully ended a six-game PL away game run without a win when beating Arsenal in their most recent away assignment. They last achieved back-to-back away victories in 2017, whilst Brighton are only of just four PL clubs to have not scored an away goal inside the first 15-minutes.

Players to watch: Lewis Dunk is having a great season but Brighton have lost all four PL away games in which he has scored. Luka Milivojević has scored in four of Palace’s last seven PL home wins, including three penalties to open the scoring.

Stat attack: The last four H2H meetings in all competitions contained over 2.5 goals, with Brighton winning three. Palace are yet to lose this season when scoring the first goal (W5, D1) and have lost six out of eight when conceding the opener.
Brighton are only averaging 1.20 yellow cards per PL game this season.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: ENGLAND: Premier League.
Kick off: 16.12.2019, 19:45 UTC.
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).

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