Brighton’s weekend match away to Crystal Palace was an unexpected thriller of a game. The Seagulls, who are the lowest scoring away side in the Premier League, looked dead and buried when Palace raced to a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes. Glenn Murray quickly pulled one back for the visitors though, before The Eagles struck again with a 24th minute Wilfried Zaha header. By half-time the game was 3-2 in Crystal Palace’s favour, and whilst the second half didn’t live up to the opening 45 minutes it was a decent performance going forward from Brighton.
The end result was the same, another defeat to add to their list. Brighton are now without a win in five matches in all competitions, losing four of them and slipping towards a relegation battle. They are by no means the prime candidates for the drop, but a gap of seven points isn’t a safe one at this point.
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It’s also worth bearing in mind that The Seagulls have to play all of the top four in the remaining five gameweeks, and their other match is a trip to high flying Burnley. It’s conceivable that Brighton could fail to pick up any more points, and that could have them in serious trouble.
Tottenham have a seven point lead over Chelsea in the race for the top four, but they will be keen to catch up on Manchester United and Liverpool above them. They are only four points off 2nd placed Manchester United, and they have a game in hand over Liverpool directly above them.
They did fail to take advantage of Manchester City’s downturn in form on Saturday, losing 3-1 at home to the leaders. Their opponents have since been crowned champions though, so a defeat isn’t exactly a major surprise given their quality.
Spurs have won seven of their last nine competitive matches as well, and face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final at the weekend. Getting back to winning ways will be important to them ahead of that match, and we can see them doing just that.
Away from home the visitors are unbeaten since the middle of December in the league, winning six of their eight games since then. They have scored an impressive 18 goals in this period, but their usually tight defence have only kept one clean sheet in the last six.
We’ve mentioned Brighton’s struggles in front of goal on the road, but back at The Amex Stadium they are a lot more forward going. In fact, they have scored in seven of their last nine at home in the Premier League, although they have only kept one clean sheet as well. This makes Both Teams to Score look a very promising bet, so we’re backing that along with a 2-1 win for the visitors.
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