Crystal Palace can move further away from the bottom three when they host another relegation-threatened team Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, in London, on Saturday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion
Kick Off: Saturday 09 March
Match Timing: 06:00 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Selhurst Park (25,456)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
Crystal Palace look set to avoid the relegation for the second successive season under Roy Hodgson. The veteran manager has succeeded in steadying the ship after a bad start to the campaign which left the club under the threat of relegation.
The former Liverpool manager is now the oldest manager to manage a team in the Premier League, which he enjoyed with a remarkable 1-4 away win over Leicester City. Call it a fate, that match at King Power Stadium was Claude Puel's last as the Foxes boss.
The upturn in the form happened in the middle of December when Eagles beat Leicester 1-0 at Selhurst Park, followed by their biggest result till date, a 2-3 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Palace have won six times in the last 13 matches, while only 3 wins were recorded in the previous 16 matches. A win here and Hodgson's men will be moving to 36 points.
Brighton & Hove Albion finally ended their Premier League winless streak (seven matches) with a 1-0 win over doomed Huddersfield. The win came as a big relief for the whole football club as the Seagulls moved five points clear of the drop.
But a lot of work is still to be done as they are not safe by any means. The real threat comes from Cardiff City who are on 25 points. But there is a silver lining here.
Cardiff City's remaining fixture list is flooded with encounters against the top six teams, while Brighton have three. But a point to be noted here is that Albion will be playing Arsenal and Manchester City during the last two weeks, and by that time they may have enough tally in their locker to withstand the negative results.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Crystal Palace – W D W W L W
Brighton & Hove Albion – D W L W L W
CRY vs BHA Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Injured – French center-back Mamadou Sakho remains out with a knee injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Full-back Pape Souare is back to full training and he is in contention to start the match.
Note: With no injury from the last weekend, Roy Hodgson may name an unchanged XI against Brighton.
Key Players – Zaha, Townsend
Brighton & Hove Albion:
Injured – Midfielder Pascal Gross is nearing his full fitness. But he won't be involved here. However, he could make an appearance in the FA Cup match against Millwall next week.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Leon Balogun has resumed training but this game may have come too soon for him.
Note: The same can be said about the visitors as Chris Hughton may not want to flirt with his winning squad which ended a 7-game winless streak in the Premier League last time around, meaning Glen Murray may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Key Players – Andone, Murray, Knockaert
CRY vs BHA Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Crystal Palace– Guaita (GK), Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Wan-Bissaka, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Zaha, Townsend, Batshuayi
Brighton & Hove Albion– Matt Ryan (GK), Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Jahanbakhsh, Knockaert, Andone
CRY vs BHA Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Brighton's away form is alarming having lost five times in the last six on the road, while Crystal Palace are picking up on the form. A home win is our call.
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