In what is billed as the M23 derby, Crystal Palace will look to extend their stay in the top half of the table when they welcome Brighton to Selhurst Park on Monday night.
Despite only snatching a 0-0 against relegation scrappers Watford last week, Roy Hodgson’s men are enjoying a three-match Premier League unbeaten run and remarkably still find themselves within touching distance of climbing into the top-six.
On the flip side, while Brighton may have also snatched their own draw last time out thanks to a 2-2 thriller against Wolves on the South Coast, they are still seeking some much-needed stability.
Winning just one of their last five top-flight outings, Head Coach Graham Potter has made it clear that he simply has his sights on widening their buffer over the drop zone after watching the likes of West Ham, Burnley, and Bournemouth all picking up victories over the weekend.
However, while the Seagulls might be struggling with some continued issues at the back, Brighton did land back-to-back victories over Palace last season, including a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park back in March. You might be interested to know that a victory for Monday’s guests can be found priced at 15/8 with Bet365.
A tale of two halves for Palace
After missing out on a golden chance to make it three wins on the bounce after only snatching a 0-0 draw off of rock-bottom Watford last week, that stalemate at Selhurst Park almost epitomized their run of form nearing closer to Christmas.
Despite picking up back-to-back victories over Burnley and Bournemouth when opening December and recording three clean sheets on the bounce, the Eagles do have a reputation for their rather toothless displays in the final third.
Although Roy Hodgson’s men can be found priced at 2/1 with William Hill to secure their fourth consecutive clean sheet on Monday night, the one-time England boss has seen his side score just a single goal in any of their last four matches on home soil.
While attacking talisman Wilfried Zaha may have bagged back-to-back strikes last month, you might be interested to know that Palace can be found pencilled in at 9/4 with Paddy Power to draw another blank at Selhurst Park on Monday.
Elsewhere, to add to Palace’s growing injury crisis, central defender Mamadou Sakho will continue to his spell on the sidelines due to suspension.
Potter’s defensive headache
Although Brighton may have impressed against both Arsenal and Wolves since entering December, the Seagulls have picked up just four points out of a possible 15 of late.
Much like the start of his tenure at the Amex, Graham Potter will be calling on his side to find some much-needed defensive stability.
Shipping another pair of goals against Wolves last week, the Seagulls have failed to record a single clean sheet in any of their last five Premier League appearances, shipping at least a pair of goals in six of their last eight outings.
You might be interested to know that Brighton are pencilled in at 6/4 with 888sport to suffer a similar fate and concede over 1.5 goals on Monday.
If Brighton are no snatch a derby day victory on Monday night, then there is no doubt that the former Swansea boss will be looking for leading marksman Neal Maupay to lead their charge.
Now recording back-to-back strikes against Wolves and Arsenal, the 23-year-old has continued to impress since making his move over the summer and can be found priced at 15/8 with Ladbrokes to score a maiden derby strike on Monday.