Brighton and Hove Albion host Crystal Palace on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at the Amex Stadium as the bitter rivals collide.
When Brighton and Crystal Palace collide, sparks fly.
The M23 derby has become a fierce rivalry over the last few decades and this is the biggest game of the season for fans of Brighton and Palace.
Graham Potter and Roy Hodgson are well aware of that and both know this game is massive in determining how the final few months of this season will pan out for them.
For Brighton, they have now gone four games without a win and are yet to win in 2020 as Potter’s side play wonderful attacking soccer but haven’t been clinical enough all season long. A defeat at home to their bitter rivals will leave them in the midst of a relegation scrap, while a win would ignite hopes of a midtable finish.
As for Palace, their win at home against Newcastle last weekend pushed them further away from the drop zone after a slump which saw them dragged back into the relegation picture. The Eagles currently sit five points ahead of the Seagulls.
In team news Brighton make three changes as Martin Montoya, Solly March and Leandro Trossard all start.
Palace are unchanged from the team which beat Newcastle but Luka Milivojevic is fit enough to be on the bench after recovering from illness.
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— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 29, 2020