A derby is usually a match between two sides not separated by any great distance. As such the encounter between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace is an anomaly. Fans from both clubs consider this a derby match with a history going back a few decades now.
The former is placed 15th in the Premier League, two places and five points behind opponents on Saturday. The fans are going to be really up for this game and the players need to be too. Brighton could do with a win to put more points between them and the relegation zone. They have gone eight league matches without a win and still with no wins in 2020. Brighton is the draw experts at present with five of those eight matches ending level.
Their last three have all ended in score draws. Home form has been erratic this season as three wins on the bounce is now turned into one win in their last seven league games. All in all a bit disappointing. Crystal Palace is also struggling for form but sit a comfortable nine points above the bottom three. They are only eight behind fifth-place so it could yet be an interesting end to the season. A few good wins could see them in Europe next season. Some bad results could also result in them being dragged into a relegation battle.
Palace beat Newcastle 1-0 at home last weekend which ended a run of seven league matches without a win. Palace struggled for goals with only 24 scored in the league, the joint lowest total. Away form has them without a win in their last six Premier League matches, the last victory coming in November.
Both teams could do with a win here to boost their respective goals for the season. Brighton has no trouble scoring but concede too much. Home form is not brilliant, and they fall behind too often. Palace had a much-needed win last weekend and will want to build on that. Away form is not great though and with both having a hard time winning, the draw seems a very likely outcome.