Seagulls Can Seal Derby Delight

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Brighton can get the better of rivals Crystal Palace when the two sides meet on Monday night in the Premier League.

Graham Potter

Brighton will hope to continue building momentum when they welcome Crystal Palace to the Amex Stadium for the M23 derby on Monday.

Brighton’s 2020-21 campaign finally looks to be coming to life after they initially struggled to pick up results despite putting in some eye-catching performances.

For months Brighton had been heralded for playing attractive football but the table made for glum reading as they sat just above the relegation zone.

Incredibly, despite winning just two of their opening 18 games, Brighton haven’t been in the bottom three yet this term.

Potter now Getting Rewards

Graham Potter’s insistence on sticking to his philosophy finally seems to be coming good after embarking on a six-game unbeaten streak, which has included victories over Tottenham and Liverpool.

Ahead of Monday’s home clash with Crystal Palace, Brighton sit 16th, four points clear of the bottom three with a game in hand on 18th-placed Fulham.

They can be backed at 10/13 to pick up all three points at the Amex Stadium, with Palace priced at 9/2, while the draw is available at 5/2.

Form appears to be on Brighton’s side as Palace have slipped down the standings over recent months, winning just two of their last seven league engagements.

But history favours Palace after winning three of their past six away league games against the Seagulls, losing twice during that sequence.

It’s also worth noting that Wilfried Zaha, who is Palace’s top scorer with nine goals this term, is set to miss out and that could well be the deciding factor in the clash.

The Ivory Coast international has been sidelined for the Eagles’ last two outings, both ending in defeats to nil, and they just don’t offer the same final-third threat in his absence.

Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze, who have both netted three times, are next on the list in terms of highest scorers.

Backing a Brighton win to zero, which is available at 7/5, looks the way to go in this one and that option is further strengthen by the fact that Potter’s men have kept three successive clean sheets at home.

Goals Expected at Elland Road

Tuesday’s Premier League offering comes from Elland Road when Leeds play host to Southampton at 18:00.

Leeds have lost three of their last four games but they sit one place and two points clear of Saints, who haven’t won in seven.

Indeed, Southampton were on a six-game losing streak until they claimed a point courtesy of a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Whites have failed to make Elland Road a fortress this season, picking up the majority of their points on the road, but they did win last time out against Crystal Palace.

They are 6/5 to make it back-to-back home victories with the draw available at 51/20 and Southampton priced at 47/20.

Picking an outright result looks difficult in this one so dipping into the goals markets looks the best option here.

Over 2.5 goals offers interest at 20/31 after landing in 15 of Leeds’ 24 fixtures this campaign, while at least three goals have been scored in each of Southampton’s last two away games.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Bobbie is a big football fan across all levels, and he also has an impressive background in martial arts and is a regular provider of quality boxing and UFC content.

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