April 26, 2018

Crystal Palace hold on to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion

16 April 2018, 05:53 | Joan Schultz

Aaron Wan Bissaka has been impressive since being drafted into Crystal Palace's first XI as cover for injuries

Aaron Wan Bissaka tackles Dele Alli

'It's hard at this stage to speak about six-pointers because they are all very big games.

Hodgson believes it is equally important that his players do not let the occasion get the better of them.

It is hard to picture two of the Premier League's most thoughtful characters, Roy Hodgson and Chris Hughton, behaving quite as provocatively, so tomorrow's referee Andre Marriner should safely avoid the kind of notoriety that saw a future FA Cup final referee labelled "Challis of the Palace". Considering they play one club in the top half of the table in their last five games, they'll have a great shot at staying if they can take care of business. The side have only won one of their last ten games, at fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town, but they have had a tough run of fixtures and were unlucky to lose against Man United and Liverpool after leading in both matches. The Seagulls look close to safety and may only need a couple of points to ensure a second consecutive season of top-flight football. The club has worked incredibly hard to get here.' However, defeats by Leicester and Everton plus a home draw with Huddersfield last week - in which Dutch midfielder Davy Propper received a red card that keeps him out of tomorrow's game - have led to the odd glance over their shoulder.

Crystal Palace are [1.95] favourites and it is hard to argue with this.

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But with local bragging rights on the line, as well as precious points, Palace boss Hodgson knows the pressure that his players will be under after previously steering West Brom and Fulham to survival. They will have to pick themselves up quickly for the visit of Tottenham to the Amex on Tuesday night. Hughton's side do not appear to be in peak form and have shown nothing recently to suggest an away win is likely.

Three goals in the opening 24 minutes have helped Crystal Palace record a 3-2 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday's Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.

The Clarets were soon two ahead as Kevin Long notched his first-ever league goal for the club, rising to convert Johann Berg Gudmundsson's deep corner.

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