Brighton travel to south London this Saturday to take on their fierce rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, in what will be a decisive clash in both teams’ battle for survival.
Chris Hughton’s men are sitting on 35 points, where one more win should be enough to secure the Seagulls’ survival in their first even season in the Premier League.
The formidable defensive partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, which has been excellent this campaign, should start against the Eagles.
Ezequiel Schelotto and Gaetan Bong will start in the full back positions, where the former will most likely be tasked with stopping the mercurial talents of Wilfried Zaha; a player who has tormented the Seagulls on more than one occasion.
Anthony Knockaert is expected to start ahead of Solly March, despite the latter’s impressive performance against Huddersfield. In Davy Propper’s absence through suspension, Beram Kayal should come in to replace him alongside Dale Stephens.
Jose Izquierdo has had an excellent debut season in England and will pose a real threat to Palace’s young full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The Seagulls’ two most dangerous players will pose a huge threat to the Eagles’ backline. Former Palace man Glenn Murray has notched 11 goals in the league this season, ahead of the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sadio Mane and Alexandre Lacazette.
Pascal Gross has been perhaps Brighton’s best player this season since his summer move from Ingolstadt, scoring five goals and assisting eight. His presence just behind the striker will be one to keep an eye on for Palace’s defence.