One of the most evenly-matched rivalries in world football returns on Friday when Brighton & Hove Albion hosts Crystal Palace in an English Premier League match. Each team has won 40 of the 108 matches played, and Crystal Palace has a seven-goal edge (151-144) all-time. Both teams also are on similar tracks in English Premier League play this season, separated by just four points, with the Seagulls ninth and Palace 11th in the EPL standings. Palace and Brighton both won on the road by 2-1 scores in FA Cup matches on Saturday, with the Eagles getting past Milwall and Brighton downing West Brom.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Brighton as the +105 favorite (risk $100 to win $105) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Brighton vs. Crystal Palace odds, with Palace the +290 underdog. A draw is priced at +225 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Crystal Palace vs. Brighton picks or English Premier League predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge about leagues and players most people don't know exist, including most oddsmakers. He understands that oddsmakers don't focus on obscure leagues, so Eimer has become obsessed with learning everything possible about smaller competitions. The Indiana-based handicapper compiled a winning record of 260-133-1 with over 90 units of profit for his community on various platforms over a recent two-month stretch.
Now, he has broken down Brighton vs. Crystal Palace from every angle and revealed his coveted picks and EPL predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his EPL picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Crystal Palace vs. Brighton:
- Brighton vs. Crystal Palace: Brighton -0.5 (+100)
- Brighton vs. Crystal Palace over-under: 2.5 goals
- Brighton vs. Crystal Palace money line: Brighton +105, Crystal Palace +290, Draw +225
- Brighton: Brighton & Hove Albion is 3-1-1 on Friday, losing only its first such match.
- Palace: Crystal Palace has scored 29 goals in the Premier League this season.
Why you should back Brighton & Hove Albion
The Seagulls haven't scored a ton of goals, but they have been really tough on opponents. They have allowed just 20 goals in their 19 EPL matches. Only four teams have allowed fewer – Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Wolves. Brighton has scored the same number but faces a Palace team that has yielded 30, with 18 of those conceded in road fixtures. The Eagles also have scored just nine of their 29 away from home.
Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez has six clean sheets and ranks fourth in the Premier League with a 77.1 save percentage. Manager Graham Potter takes a possession-based approach, but it hasn't produced as many goals as expected. But the Seagulls have players who can score, led by Neal Maupay. He has seven goals this season, and Leandro Trossard and Alexis Mac Allister have each scored four times.
Why you should back Crystal Palace
The Eagles are unbeaten in their last five against Brighton (2-3-0), with both wins coming at Amex. They are 4-1-2 in the last seven road meetings, and Palace has scored nine more goals than the Seagulls in league play this season. Palace has 29 goals in its 20 matches, led by English midfielder Conor Gallagher. The 21-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, has six goals and three assists. Odsonne Edoaurd (five goals), Christian Benteke (four) and Michael Olise (three) can challenge defenses, and the 20-year-old Olise has scored in consecutive games.
Olise equalized in Saturday's victory against Milwall and assisted on Jean-Philippe Mateta's header to win it. Mateta has scored twice in seven games, but he is expected to leave during the transfer period. Key attacker Wilfried Zaha is among the Premier League players out on African Cup of Nations duty, but the Eagles still have the talent to score goals. The defense has been the issue, with Palace allowing 30 goals in its league matches, but Brighton has been average in its league games at Amex. It is 3-3-3 with a minus-1 goal differential at home.
How to make Crystal Palace vs. Brighton picks
Eimer has analyzed Brighton vs. Crystal Palace from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides three confident best bets, including a strong play that returns 3-1. He's only sharing his expert Premier League picks at SportsLine.
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