Brighton Aims For Top Spot in Derby vs. Crystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion can pick up an extra sweet victory on Monday as they have a chance to get the better of their rivals Crystal Palace and three points would lift them to the top of the Premier League.

10Bet LogoBookmaker 10Bet gives a slight edge to Brighton offering odds at 2.50 for an away win. The odds are 3.05 for a home win and at 3.15 for the draw.

※ Current Odds Date & Time: September 26th, 5:30 P.M. (EST)

Brighton have shown plenty of potential in recent seasons under Graham Potter, but they have always under-performed their expected goals stats due to poor finishing and it’s left the club lingering just above the relegation places. However, it seems like the tide has turned now.

Potter has masterminded four victories from five outings and the team has managed to score more than once on three occasions. It’s still early in the season, but it’s been a big improvement from last year when the Seagulls needed 21 matches to get to four wins.

Wins at Burnley and Brentford have given Brighton a chance to start a top-flight campaign with three successive away victories for the first time in club history.

Potter will hope that Neal Maupay, who’s bagged three goals already, can keep up his form and that his defensive unit, led by captain Lewis Dunk, continues its high-level performance.

Brighton have allowed only 13 shots on target, which was the second-best mark in the league ahead of the fifth round of fixtures, behind only Manchester City (6).

Palace needs a big improvement in attack if they are going to threaten the visitors on Monday night. The Eagles have managed a league-low 11 shots on target and they have already been shut out three times.

Wilfried Zaha had a career year in 2020-21 with 11 goals and he’s expected to carry the offense again. His start has been decent with a goal and assist, but Palace actually need a bit more from him with Eberechi Eze nursing an Achilles injury.

Palace’s star forward has scored seven career goals in the derby and he’s notched four goals in his last four league outings at home against Brighton, so it seems like he enjoys the big occasion.

Patrick Vieira’s side also needs Christian Benteke to kick into gear again. The big Belgian ended a barren spell with six goals in 10 games to finish off last season, but he’s goalless so far in 2021-22.

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