Brighton – Crystal Palace: The M23 Derby gets a matchday to itself when Brighton and Hove Albion hosts Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on Monday (start time 3pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Brighton hasn’t beaten Palace in three tries, two of them draws, but holds the all-time series lead with 40 wins and 27 draws against 37 losses dating back to a Christmas Day meeting in 1920.
The Seagulls are unbeaten in six, with wins over Leeds, Tottenham, and Liverpool joined by draws with Burnley, Aston Villa, and Fulham.
Palace has lost consecutive matches, 2-0 at Leeds and 3-0 versus Burnley, and is on a 245-minute goalless streak. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that 212 of those minutes have come since the injured Wilfried Zaha subbed out of a 2-1 defeat of Newcastle.
Adam Webster is a big miss and Tariq Lamptey remains out. Florin Andone is out along with Solly March.
👊 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦…
Your Albion side tonight at the Amex.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) February 22, 2021
James McCarthy is back on the bench for Palace but the list of absences is wild, with star winger Wilfried Zaha missing with Jeff Schlupp, James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins also out for the Eagles.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 22, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
No surprise given Palace’s injuries but perhaps mildly surprising because derbies tend to be tight: Brighton is a -143 favorite while a draw is +245 and a Palace win would net +425 on the wagerer’s outlay.
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Surely not? Palace will try to strike early against chance-producing Brighton, who would love to pass their rivals and do it in style. Neal Maupay is scoreless in five and we say that ends here. Brighton 2-0 Crystal Palace.
How to watch, stream and start time
Kick off: 3pm ET Monday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Stream: Online via NBCSports.com