Brighton to beat Palace and meet Watford in Wembley final

13May 2013

England - The Championship


Brighton host Crystal Palace in their crucial Championship semi-final second-leg after a goalless draw at Selhurst Park, and Jamie Dickenson is backing the Seagulls to  beat their rivals this time around having studied Betfair's Sportsbook odds...


Brighton v Crystal Palace

Monday, 19:45pm (Live on Sky Sports 1)


Brighton clash horns with rivals Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium for the right to contest the Championship playoff final against Watford at Wembley Stadium.


With the tie nicely poised after a 0-0 draw in the first-leg at Selhurst Park last Friday evening, Brighton host Palace on the south-coast looking to earn a shot at  reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history.


Nothing could be separated from their initial meeting in South London, but Brighton appear the rightful favourites for this important encounter.


Ian Holloway's Palace are set to miss their top-scorer Glenn Murray for the trip to the Seagulls after the 30-goal frontman was stretchered off in the first-leg having  suffered an expected knee ligament strain. That is a huge blow to the visitors chances given he has scored nearly half of the club's total goal tally during the league  campaign (73). Manchester United-bound team-mate Wilfried Zaha will be expected to stet up to the plate in Murray's enforced absence, and the 20-year-old's performance  will be crucial to how the match unfolds.


Brighton are in far better form than their opposition however, having gone unbeaten across their last 10 outings. The Eagles did beat Gus Poyet's side 3-0 at home  earlier in the season, but Brighton reversed that scoreline in the corresponding fixture at the Amex, and having conceded just 17 goals from 23 home matches this  season look rock solid on their own patch.


The coastal club will hope to record their fifth clean sheet in seven against Palace, who have won just one game in 11. Argentinian striker Leonardo Ulloa poses the  greatest goal threat for the hosts, having struck 10 goals in 19 games since joining Poyet's squad in January. He also bagged a brace in the last home encounter with  the Eagles. Kazenga Lua Lua also scored twice in the final-day win over Wolves that send the West Midlands side down to League One, and he could find the net off the  bench if he doesn't make the starting eleven, which he didn't in the first-leg.


While Brighton must overcome a dangerous counter-attacking force in Crystal Palace, home advantage will help their cause to win at 1.85, and their defiant defence can keep out the away side on route to victory with a Win To Nil priced at a juicy 2.87.


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Keywords: Brighton, Palace, Watford, Wembley

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