Brighton host fierce rivals Crystal Palace on Wednesday in hope of moving closer to a place in the Premier League’s top six.
A win for the Seagulls would see them go level on points with Liverpool and only two points behind fifth-placed Newcastle.
Brighton have been flying in the Premier League this season
Roberto De Zerbi’s side have had a season to remember and now face Palace who will be keen to forget their campaign so far.
The Eagles are having a torrid time and sit only three points above the relegation zone and without a win since December.
They have also failed to score or even have a shot on target in their last three games with Patrick Vieira starting to feel the pressure.
The fixture was meant to be played in September 2022 but it was postponed and rescheduled due to train strikes.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Wednesday, March 15.
Kick-off at the Amex Stadium is scheduled for 7:30pm.
talkSPORT 2 will have exclusive live coverage of the game.
Commentary will come from Alex Crook and former England defender Alvin Martin.
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Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Team news
Brighton will remain without Adam Lallana and Jakub Moder who are out with long-term injuries.
And Tariq Lamptey is a doubt after missing the Seagulls’ draw against Leeds last time out with a knock.
For Palace, Cheick Doucoure returns from suspension but Will Hughes and James McArthur may miss out.
Nathan Ferguson is still not fully fit and won’t be available while goalkeeper Sam Johnstone remains on the sidelines through injury.
Lamptey will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game
Brighton vs Crystal Palace: What has been said?
Palace have failed to have a shot on target in all of their last three Premier League games and manager Vieira addressed the issue.
He said: “A shot on target – you can read it the way you want.
“What is important is to score goals. If you take the ball from the halfway line and shoot at goal, if you count that as a shot on goal, it doesn’t make sense.
“What is important is that we have to score goals and create more chances. Overall, we have to play in a better way in possession to create those chances.
“I have to find better combinations for players to combine better. This is my responsibility.”
Vieira is starting to feel the heat at Selhurst Park
Brighton vs Crystal Palace: Match facts
Against no side has Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scored more goals in his club career in all competitions than against Brighton (8, level with Leicester). Zaha has scored a penalty in both of his last two Premier League appearances against the Seagulls; only against Leicester (Feb 2019) and Wolves (Oct 2022) has he ever found the net in three consecutive appearances against an opponent in the top-flight.Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister has scored seven goals in 21 Premier League games this season, more than he had in his previous 63 appearances in the competition (6). The Argentinian is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time.Crystal Palace remain without a Premier League win in 2023, drawing five and losing five of their 10 games this year. It’s the Eagles’ longest run without a league victory since a streak of 14 between December 2015 and April 2016 under Alan Pardew.Crystal Palace have become the first team on record (since 2003-04) to fail to register a single shot on target in three consecutive Premier League games. Overall, the Eagles have failed to have a shot on target in five different Premier League matches this season – since 2003-04, only West Bromwich Albion (7 in 2015-16) have failed to do so more times in a single campaign in the top-flight.Crystal Palace have won just two of their last 14 Premier League away games (D5 L7), and are yet to win on the road in the league in 2023 (D1 L3). Indeed, no side has fewer away points in the Premier League this year so far than the Eagles (1, level with Everton and Leeds United).Having won just three of their first eight home Premier League games this season (D2 L3), Brighton have since won three of their last four at the Amex (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.Each of the first eight Premier League goals scored in meetings between Crystal Palace and Brighton were netted in the first half. Since then, just four of the 18 goals scored in this fixture have been in the opening 45 minutes.Brighton haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, though they’ve also failed to score in just one of those 10 games.Crystal Palace have lost just one of their five Premier League away games against Brighton (W2 D2), a 3-1 loss in December 2018.Brighton are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D5 L2), with the last three all finishing 1-1. It’s their longest ever winless run against the Eagles in their league history.
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