Mile Jedinak's Crystal Palace have a mountain of work to do if they are to overcome Brighton and keep their Premier League hopes alive, according to the bookies
|By PAUL GOUGH
Australia international Mile Jedinak's stunning season with English Championship club Crystal Palace looks set to end in promotion heartbreak at the hands of bitter rivals Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.
The Championship play-off semi-final is locked at 0-0 after the first leg draw at Palace.
And with Brighton having home advantage in the second leg, Gus Poyet's side are heavily favoured to win through to the May 27 Wembley final against Watford to decide which team joins already promoted Cardiff and Hull in the English Premier League next season.
Brighton, who have not played in England's top flight since 1983, are the $1.83 favourites at sportsbet.com.au and $1.91 favourites at Betfair to win the second lef within the regulation 90 minutes.
Palace, who have not been in the Premier League since the 2004-05 season, are the $4.50 outsiders at sportsbet.com.au and $4.70 at Betfair.
The draw at 90 minutes - which would see the game go into extra time regardless of away goals - is paying $3.40 with sportsbet.com.au and $3.65 with Betfair.
Following their disappointing 0-0 draw at home in the first leg, Palace have been all but written off in the second leg - which will kick-off in the early hours of Tuesday morning [Australian time].
And that is because Brighton - now managed by former Chelsea and Tottenham star Poyet - have by far the better recent form.
|Brighton to win in 90 mins v Palace at $1.46 at Betfair
||Brighton to win 1-0 v Crystal Palace at $7.40 at Betfair
While the Seagulls are now unbeaten in their past ten games, that final day win over Peterborough to secure a play-off place was Palace's only win in their past 11 matches.
Brighton to win 1-0 is the favoured option in correct-score betting at $7.40 with Betfair while a 2-0 win is paying $8.60, with the home side at huge odds of $20 to repeat their 3-0 win from earlier in the season.
The Seagulls actually opened the $3.25 favourites in that market prior to the start of the semi-finals but are now $2.84, although that price will shorten if they overcome Palace, who are the $7.20 outsiders.
*Note prices subject to change