While there have certainly been positive signs for Palace during the early stages of Patrick Vieira’s tenure, they have won only one of their first five top-flight outings under the Arsenal legend so far.
The Eagles are likely to face a tough test this evening against a Brighton side that have made a flying start to the 2021/22 campaign.
Graham Potter’s Seagulls have won four league games already this term – including two on the road – and sit up in the lofty heights of sixth place, just two points adrift of early leaders Liverpool.
However, Brighton have only emerged victorious from one of their last seven trips to SE25. Who will claim bragging rights?
Follow Crystal Palace vs Brighton LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, with expert analysis from Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park…
Vieira wants Zaha to lead by example
Patrick Vieira wants to see Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha channel his emotions in a positive manner tonight and lead by example.
“I don’t want him to change – I want him to play with the same kind of passion,” said Vieira. “He is a winner, and I want that kind of winning mentality to be translated to the rest of the team.
“That is his personality, and I like to see him like that on the field.
“Wilfried playing those kind of games at home or away, he knows the intensity, the atmosphere of the stadium – he knows what to expect.
“Being in the dressing room, he will talk to the players who never had the chance to play those games.”
Brighton team news
As for Brighton, wing-back Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) played 45 minutes against Swansea in the Carabao Cup last week in his first action since December, but seems likely to be among the substitutes tonight.
Graham Potter is hoping midfielders Alexis Mac Allister (back) and Yves Bissouma (knee) will be fit, but Enock Mwepu (groin) is likely to miss out.
Pascal Gross is back after suffering from Covid-19, but defender Adam Webster won’t return from a thigh problem until after the international break.
Brighton predicted XI: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Duffy, Cucurella, Bissouma, Lallana, Moder, Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck
Standard Sport prediction
In a game likely to be full of spice and spite, this one could be tight.
Brighton have looked very, very good so far this season but Palace have shown promise, too, and will relish a derby encounter under the lights at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
Crystal Palace team news
Crystal Palace could hand a first start to £14m summer signing Odsonne Edouard tonight, with the former Celtic striker having thus far been limited to successive substitute appearances against Tottenham and Liverpool, notching a brace in an impressive 3-0 win over the former.
Christian Benteke would be the man to make way.
Jeffrey Schlupp is fit again after a thigh injury, but Eberi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are still sidelined.
Crystal Palace predicted XI: Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
How to watch Crystal Palace vs Brighton
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via Sky Go.
Date, time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Brighton is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight – Monday, September 27.
The match will take place at Selhurst Park.
Welcome to Crystal Palace vs Brighton LIVE coverage
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of Crystal Palace vs Brighton in the Premier League.
Patrick Vieira will be eager to kickstart his Eagles tenure with a victory over the club’s key rivals at Selhurst Park tonight.
Brighton, meanwhile, will be confident of improving their record of only one win in their last seven trips to SE25 after winning four matches already this term to sit pretty in sixth in the top-flight.
Stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and expert analysis from Jack Rosser.
Just don’t call it the M23 or A23 Derby!