Brighton v Crystal Palace Betting Preview | 8th January 2018
In our Brighton v Crystal Palace betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head to head, popular bets and more for Monday’s FA Cup fixture.
Brighton v Crystal Palace FA Cup Betting Preview
Venue: Amex Stadium
Watch: BT Sports
Brighton play host to bitter rivals Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup in what will be a historic night for English football as video assisted refereeing (VAR) being used for the first time.
The two fierce rivals played out a goalless draw at Amex Stadium in the Premier League towards the end of November and this FA Cup clash looks like it will be another tight encounter.
Premier League survival is the main aim for both clubs, but they would love to earn bragging rights and progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup
Palace are on a superb run of form of just one defeat in 11 games which has helped them climb off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Brighton are strong at home, but there have just been too many draws for Chris Hughton’s men and both sides will be keen to avoid a replay and another game to fit in during a busy fixture schedule.
Both manager are expected to rotate their squads after a hectic festive period, but whoever is on show it should still be an entertaining and fiercely contested cup tie with the added drama of (VAR) being used for the first time if there are any contentious decisions.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has no new injury problems, with midfielder Steve Sidwell remaining the only long-term absentee because of a back injury. Connor Goldson, Beram Kayal and Jiri Skalak are all expected to play.
Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann and winger Jason Puncheon are both out for the rest of the season because of serious knee injuries. Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and defenders Joel Ward and Mamadou Sakho are also unavailable for Palace
Potential Brighton Starting XI: Krul, Rosenior, Hunemeir, Goldson, Suttner, Skalak, Kayal, Stephens, March, Baldock, Hemed
Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewald, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Cabaye, Townsend, Sako
Stats & Facts
- Brighton have not beaten Crystal Palace since March 2013.
- This will be the third time these two rivals have been drawn together in the FA Cup, with the last tie going to a second replay after the first two games ended in a stalemate in December 1976.
- Brighton have progressed to the FA Cup fourth round in seven of the last eight campaigns, falling at the third round stage in 2015-16 against Hull City.
Head To Head
Brighton wins 37, Crystal Palace wins 35, draws 25
Brighton 7/4, Draw 23/10, Crystal Palace 19/10
- Both Teams to Score 11/10
- Draw 23/10