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Wolves, Brighton frustrated by scoreless draw

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Wolves and Brighton will both be salty after a 0-0 draw at the Molineux on Saturday.

The two sides had aims of improving their stock but combined for just two shots on target.

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Wolves fail to move into fourth and have 43 points after the draw, while Brighton moves two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of a frightening run of fixtures.


Three things we learned

1. Seagulls running out of time: Graham Potter‘s men have been difficult to beat and picked up five draws, but their lack of wins during a seven-match lull in their schedule is alarming given what lies ahead. Brighton meets five top teams in its next six matches.

2. Wolves lack sharpness against lower-half: There have been too many draws against lower-half sides for a Wolves side capable of Champions League-caliber football. Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men have now drawn Brighton and Newcastle twice, Saints and Burnley once. Throw in a pair of draws with Leicester City, and you can see where the lack of full points have deprived the UEL contenders of a top four place.

3. Center backs stand out: There were five center backs between the two sides, and not one struggled at the Molineux. Connor Coady and Willy Boly performed exceptionally well for Wolves, especially the latter, while Lewis Dunk was his usual stalwart self for the Seagulls.

Man of the Match: Tie goes to the runner, er, visitor. Dunk.


It was a slow start at the Molineux, 20 minutes played before Rui Patricio made a comfortable save on Davy Propper.

Wolves grew into the game, with Raul Jimenez smashing the post and Ruben Neves missing high.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were able to work into open field as they like at times, but the Seagulls limited the danger.

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The manager introduced Adama Traore in the 64th minute.

The next chance went to Brighton, but Solly March slipped as he tried to get the ball on target.

Traore led a foray into the box that ended with a deflected Jimenez shot to Mathew Ryan.

Crystal Palace beat bitter rivals Brighton

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Crystal Palace beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at the Amex on Saturday as the Eagles made the Seagulls pay for wasting plenty of chances.

Jordan Ayew scored with 20 minutes to go to give Palace the win as Roy Hodgson’s side secured back-to-back victories in the Premier League, while Graham Potter’s Brighton are embroiled in the relegation battle.

With the win Palace move on to 36 points for the season and look set for a top 10 finish. Brighton sit just four points above the drop zone.


3 things we learned

1. Brighton in big trouble: They okay great stuff but just haven’t been clinical enough and this game was Brighton’s season in a nutshell. They haven’t won a game in 2020 yet and are sinking towards the bottom three. One season there is always one team which starts off well but then drops into the relegation battle. That is Brighton as Potter’s side just don’t score enough goal.

2. Zaha wins the battle: He was goaded by the home fans and embraced it. Zaha, once again, led Palace to victory against their bitter rivals. Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton than any other team. Zaha switched flanks early and clashed with subs, had some banter with the home fans and then smashed the post late on as he was Palace’s biggest threat. This may be his last derby game for Palace against Brighton as he continues to be linked with a move away. If it was, Zaha won another battle against Brighton. And probably the war.

3. Palace have bragging rights: For the first time since April 2018 Palace beat Brighton. They have bragging rights and even though they are just over 40 miles apart, that means a lot. This is not the most traditional rivalry in English soccer but it is a growing one and the intensity on and off the pitch summed up the passion.

Man of the Match: Wilfried Zaha – Hit the post, gave Brighton’s defense a tough time and was always an outlet for Palace. Superb display when he was the target of taunts all game long.


In an even first half both Christian Benteke and Neal Maupay both had chances, while Palace went close to opening the scoring as Kouyate forced Mat Ryan into a fine stop.

Brighton put Palace under pressure the longer the first half wore on and Zaha was involved in a spat with the home fans and sub Schelotto who was booked.

Zaha put both his hands up to his ears towards the crowd and pushed Schelotto who appeared to have said something. The best chance of the first half then arrived as Maupay and Trossard combined to set up a counterattack but Solly March missed the chance.

At half time James McCarthy was replaced by Jairo Riedewald.

But Palace couldn’t get going as Brighton missed a big chance to take the lead. Maupay collected the ball after a deflection found him but he hit his shot straight at Guiata.

Palace then made the most of that reprieve as Ayew put them 1-0 up to send the away fans wild behind the goal.

Benteke held the ball up superbly and played in Ayew who finished with ease as flares were set off in the away end.

Late on Alzate wanted a penalty kick and Zaha hit the post as Palace won a tight, tense derby.

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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.

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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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Brighton, Watford battle to draw

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Brighton and Hove Albion fought back to draw 1-1 against relegation rivals Watford at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford the lead in the first half but Brighton kept plugging away and eventually Adrian Mariappa scored a comical own goal to grab the Seagulls a point.

With the draw Graham Potter‘s side move on to 27 points and are in 15th, while Nigel Pearson‘s Watford have 24 points and sit in 19th place but are just one point from safety in the congested relegation scrap.


Three things we learned

1. Same old story for Brighton: The Seagulls dominated yet another game but couldn’t secure a first win in six and that is pretty much the story of their season. They keep the ball so well and it is remarkable how quickly their style has changed under Potter in his first season in charge but they just aren’t clinical and that is why they’re in a relegation scrap. Brighton had 67 percent possession and 10 shots to Watford’s two. Both of Watford’s efforts were on target and only two of Brighton’s were. That is where their biggest problem lies. The Seagulls get into some great positions but don’t pounce and make the most of their chances. That has to change if they’re going to stay up.

2. Watford fail to make most of big chance: With just over 10 minutes to go, Watford could see the smash and grab in sight. Then Mariappa slid in and scored a beauty of an own goal to cough up two points. Just like last week they’d collapsed as Watford were 2-0 up and cruising against Everton but they then lost 3-2. These are the kind of late setbacks you see happen to teams who end up going down season after season. You have to applaud the way Pearson has organized this team. They are tough to break down and better defensively but unless they go 3-0 up they don’t look like they can hold on to a lead right now. Watford’s confidence has taken a hit in recent weeks but they will be very happy with a point because they didn’t play well at all at Brighton.

3. Relegation battle remains wide open: From 19th place to 15th there are just three points in this and it is set to be an almighty scrap to avoid the drop. Watford are in 19th and Brighton in 15th, with West Ham, Aston Villa and Bournemouth in-between them. Teams in that area of the table are picking up points. That should set things up for a very tense finish because with the title sewn up for Liverpool, the real drama will be in seeing who can drag themselves away from the bottom three.

Man of the Match: Lewis Dunk – Held things together defensively and set the tone for Brighton being so dominant throughout. Dangerous from set pieces and always calm on the ball to get the Seagulls going.


Glenn Murray headed off target early on as Troy Deeney also had to head clear from inside his own six yard box.

Even though the home side had a lot of the ball early on it was Watford who took the lead in stunning fashion. Etienne Capoue intercepted Aaron Mooy‘s pass on the halfway line and Doucoure raced towards goal.

The French midfielder galloped forward with purpose and smashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner to make it 1-0.

Brighton tried to get back into the game as Solly March‘s cross was cleared and Murray continued to sniff around and cause a nuisance of himself.

Watford had a few counter attacks of their own but couldn’t quite find the final pass and Brighton wanted a penalty just before half time as Ezequiel Schelotto went down in the box with Gerard Deulofeu nearby. Nothing was given.

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In the second half Brighton kept dominating possession and Schelotto drilled across goal but Murray couldn’t get on the end of the cross.

Neal Maupay came on for the final 30 minutes as Brighton threw everything at Watford in the closing stages. Lewis Dunk almost got on the end of a cross as Brighton launched the ball forward at every opportunity.

Mooy was played in but his low shot was saved superbly down low by Ben Foster but moments later Brighton were level.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh‘s cross from the right was knocked into his own net by Mariappa as the Seagulls finally had the equalizer their pressured deserved.

Late on both teams were exhausted and neither could muster the energy to grab a winner.

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Brighton and Hove Albion host Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls and Hornets are embroiled in a relegation scrap and this is what you call a six-pointer in the Premier League.

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Brighton have played lovely stuff all season long under new manager Graham Potter but a lack of clinical edge has seen them slump towards the bottom three and are just two points off the top zone.

Nigel Pearson had a huge impact early on at Watford but they’ve lost two in a row in the Premier League and are two points from safety heading into this game.

In team news Brighton start with Glenn Murray up top once again with the veteran striker fresh from signing his new contract. Dan Burn returns from injury for the Seagulls as he is one of four players to come into the starting lineup alongside Shane Duffy, Solly March and Ezequiel Schelotto. Potter has gone for a 3-4-3 formation.

Watford make one change as Will Hughes comes in for Nathaniel Chalobah in central midfield.


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