Wilfried Zaha will be relishing the chance to haunt Brighton once again when Crystal Palace face an away trip down the M23 to face their bitter rivals Brighton on Tuesday.
Brighton sit 11 places above the Eagles at the moment, but that won’t matter one bit in a game that is sure to be a feisty encounter. Crystal Palace have massively improved under the reign of Roy Hodgson and he will be looking to deliver an early Christmas present to the Palace fans with a win over the Sussex outfit.
Wilfried Zaha has been phenomenal for Palace in recent games and it will be no surprise if he continues his red-hot form in the derby. It has been even between the two sides when they have met at the AMEX Stadium. Crystal Palace gained a very special win back in May 2013 with Zaha securing a brace in the Championship play-off semi-final 2nd leg. This was after Brighton had comfortably beaten the Eagles 3-0 a few months previous in March.
Both sides had contrasting results on Saturday, with Crystal Palace scoring a last-gasp winner against Stoke City to win 2-1, securing only their second win of the season. Palace came from behind to beat the Potters after Xherdan Shaqiri scored the opener. Brighton lost narrowly to Manchester United 1-0 with Ashley Young grabbing the winner in the 66th minute when his effort on goal took a huge deflection off Lewis Dunk.
Yohan Cabaye will be a doubt after picking up a knee injury against Stoke City on Saturday. Connor Wickham remains out for the Eagles with a knee injury and Chung-Yong Lee is also out with an ankle knock.
Glenn Murray will be available to play against his former club Crystal Palace and he is likely to start on Tuesday. Steve Sidwell won’t feature for the Seagulls as he is still recovering from a back injury and Beram Kayal is a doubt with a leg injury.
Brighton are unbeaten in five games at home this season and Crystal Palace will have to do extremely well to end that run. Brighton’s goals this season has been heavily influenced by star winger Anthony Knockaert, who has been brilliant so far this season.
Glenn Murray has also hit amazing form for Brighton, scoring four goals in five games. He will be very hard to mark out of the game and Palace’s defence will have to be hot on their heels if they are to stop their former striker from scoring.
Both sides have players that can cause the opposition trouble and Brighton will be relishing this opportunity to get revenge on Palace for that play-off defeat. With Zaha and Murray in fine form for either side, I think this will be a score draw.