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Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion Live Commentary, 12/16/19

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W. Zaha (76)
N. Maupay (54)
Selhurst Park


That's all we have time for. Until next time, goodbye!
The point takes Palace up to ninth, above Arsenal, while Brighton sit 13th. Newcastle United are next up for the Eagles, with the Seagulls hosting in-form Sheffield United on Saturday.
It’s all over at Selhurst Park, with Palace – courtesy of a stunning effort from Zaha – have come from behind to take a share of the spoils from a match which Brighton, who took a deserved lead through Maupay, dominated for long periods. 
P. Groß
Brighton & Hove Albion
90' + 2' Potter makes a final change, taking off Gross and introducing Bernardo.
90' + 1' CHANCE! Tomkins charges in to meet an inswinging corner, but gets his header all wrong, sending it well off target.
89' Meyer takes a tumble on the edge of Brighton’s box, with cries going up from the Palace fans. However, there is nothing doing for the referee.
D. Pröpper
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
86' Propper receives a booking for bringing down Zaha around the half-way line, preventing a Palace counter.
S. Duffy
Y. Bissouma
Brighton & Hove Albion
85' The second change sees Bissouma make way for Duffy, which suggests a change to a back five is in order.
S. Alzate
L. Trossard
Brighton & Hove Albion
84' Brighton are under pressure now and it’s no surprise to see Potter respond. He makes two changes, the first of which sees Trossard – who has impressed – replaced by Alzate.
82' This match really has turned on its head. Benteke and Ayew link up brilliantly, with the latter fashioning some room to get a shot away from the edge of the area, but he curls it off target.
80' That is Zaha’s sixth goal against Brighton. He has not scored more times against any other side, and now Palace are asking all of the questions.
78' Zaha looked set to be off in the close season, with both Arsenal and Everton heavily linked. But how Palace’s fans will be delighted he has stayed put!
J. Tomkins
Crystal Palace
76' Tomkins gets the assist, having flicked a long diagonal pass onto Zaha, who takes all of the credit.
W. Zaha
Crystal Palace
76' WHAT A GOAL! ZAHA PULLS PALACE LEVEL! Wow, that is some strike from Palace’s star man. He has been on the fringes of this match from the off, but has just got Palace back into it with a fantastic twist, a brilliant turn of pace and a venomous shot into the top-left corner, giving Ryan no chance.
75' Maupay has now scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances, managing as many goals as in his previous 13 matches in the top flight.
73' Another chance for Benteke, who does brilliantly to spin his marker and get a shot off from a tight angle. Ryan gets down well, though, and manages to parry it wide.
71' Trossard has put in a fine display tonight, and tests Guaita with a low, skidding strike from the left. The goalkeeper spills it, but manages to react before Montoya can get there. Palace then counter, with Benteke winning a header in the area, but Ryan has no difficulty in making the save.
69' Despite the fierce rivalry between these clubs, Palace have yet to really show the intensity required in a derby match. However, Zaha does well to draw a heavy – but well-timed – tackled from Montoya and win a corner, giving the Palace fans behind that goal something to rally them.
M. Meyer
C. Kouyaté
Crystal Palace
67' Hodgson makes a second change. Meyer, who has found himself utilised sparingly this season, replaces Kouyate.
65' Bissouma has put in an energetic display in the centre of the park and, once again, gets Brighton on the front foot by driving forward at pace. He attempts to catch Guaita cold with a snapshot, but cannot quite get enough power on it.
63' Zaha has cut an isolated, frustrated figure so far, but now is finally starting to get involved. Three Brighton defenders are required to close him down, but the winger still manages to get a cross in. However, it is cleared at the first time of asking, as Palace ready a change on the touchline.
61' Gross’ assist means he has now set up 14 goals in the Premier League, twice as much as any of his Brighton team-mates.
59' Another chance for Brighton as Propper’s sliced cross causes havoc for Guaita, who just manages – with the help of the crossbar – to keep the ball from dropping in. Maupay is on hand to try and latch onto the rebound, but Palace’s goalkeeper gathers it in before the striker can react.
57' It is hugely unfortunate for Palace, who had just managed to get into the game and find some rhythm at the start of the second half. The pressure is now on the hosts to step it up, however, thought that will surely leave them exposed on the break.
P. Groß
Brighton & Hove Albion
54' Trossard has been the main source of creativity in the final third for Brighton, and it was his volleyed cross which put Palace’s defence on the back foot. However, Gross got the vital touch which took it into the path of Maupay, who made no mistake with the finish.
N. Maupay
Brighton & Hove Albion
54' GOAL! MAUPAY MAKES IT 1-0 TO BRIGHTON! Finally, the visitors get the goal their performance has deserved. Trossard’s first-time cross takes a flick off Gross and falls for Maupay, who takes a cool first touch before slamming home into the top-right corner.
53' Well, that near moment of magic – or good fortune – from Benteke will surely give Palace hope. They have hardly been in this match, yet gave gone the closest to takin the lead.
51' OFF THE POST! What a goal that would have been! I am not sure if Benteke meant it, but the Belgium international has just gone agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock with what appeared to be a miscued cross. It looped over Ryan and came back off the upright, with no Palace player on hand to tuck home the loose ball.
49' Brighton may have controlled the first half, but they will have plenty of work to do if they are to break down this Palace defence. Only Leicester City have kept more clean sheets than Hodgson's side in the Premier League this season. However, only bottom side Watford have failed to score in more games than the Eagles.
47' Brighton pick up where they left off – Maupay feeding it wide to Mooy, who floats a cross to Trossard at the back post. He tries to cushion a volley back into the area, but Kouyate is well placed to intervene.
46' We're back underway at Selhurst Park! Palace get proceedings restarted.
J. McCarthy
J. Riedewald
Crystal Palace
46' One change at half-time, as Riedewald – who had made his first start since February 2018 – pays the price for Palace's poor first half display. McCarthy, a midfielder, is on, and it appears McArthur will be moving to left-back.
Potter will be content with how well his side have controlled this match, but will surely be asking for more cutting edge from Brighton in the second half. Hodgson, meanwhile, may have to make some changes. Zaha and Ayew have been far too busy tracking back to offer any support to Benteke, who has offered no threat to the away side’s backline.
It’s half-time in a strangely one-sided encounter so far. Brighton have been well on top, though have not managed to craft out many clear chances, though they could well have had a penalty. Palace have offered nothing going forward, though have been solid at the back despite their visitors controlling possession.
45' + 1' The corner is a poor one, with Gross sending his cross to the far post, where Guaita is able to collect under little pressure as we head into one minute of stoppage time.
44' More Brighton possession, but still Palace remain fixed in their shape – which certainly resembles a 4-5-1 more than a 4-3-3 – and there is no way through. Trossard eventually gets involved, but is pinned by Kelly, and the best the winger can do is win a corner.
42' Hodgson will surely not be happy with what he has seen from his side going forward, and will be demanding more attacking impetus after the restart. The key now, though, is getting to half-time without conceding.
40' Palace seem to have weathered another spell of Brighton pressure, though the visitors still remain in possession. The tricky Trossard attempts to thread a way through, though is eventually crowded out on the edge of the box. Propper keeps up the attack, with Trossard back on the ball to float in a cross, yet Palace defend it well.
38' Brighton completed the league double over Crystal Palace last season. They have not won three in a row against the Eagles in all competitions since September 1984. So far, it has been the Seagulls who have controlled this one, but to no avail as of yet.
C. Benteke
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
35' Palace attempt to break, but Dunk is fouled by Benteke, who becomes the first player to go into the book.
33' Gross is the next Brighton player to try his luck from long range, as his powerful drive forces Guaita into a save. Potter will be pleased with his side’s dominance, but will want his players to show a bit more craft and composure in the final third.
31' Half-an-hour has passed at Selhurst Park, and so far – for all their attacking intent – Brighton are yet to create a clear-cut opening, bar Montoya’s chance. Palace, though, will surely have to come out of their defensive shell sooner rather than later.
29' Much of Bissouma's work so far has been ensuring Palace cannot get a foothold in midfield, but Brighton's number eight displays his more attacking side with an ambitious shot from long range. It skips up awkwardly just in front of Guaita, but the hosts' goalkeeper does well to hold on.
27' Just to prove Brighton's dominance so far, Palace are yet to have a shot in this match, having a total of just two touches in the opposition box in the opening 27 minutes.
25' Brighton are calling the shots at the moment, and Propper has the chance to test Guaita, but the Dutchman slices his half-volley well over from 20 yards out.
23' The decision stands. There is no penalty, with VAR seemingly deeming Montoya engineered any contact himself, rather than Riedewald purposefully fouling the Brighton defender. The visitors whip in the resulting corner, but Guaita is equal to Dunk's header.
21' Montoya got through down the right, driving into the box before going down under pressure from Riedewald before getting a tame shot off, which Guaita gets down to. VAR will check for a penalty, though.
19' Zaha isolates Montoya for the first time, but the full-back does well to stall his progress before Bissouma gets back to double up. Having checked back in on himself, Zaha loops in a cross, but puts too much on it, with Ryan able to collect the delivery with ease.
16' Bissouma comes in with another heavy challenge, and then Propper follows it up with an equally as robust tackle on Zaha. However, the referee allows play to go on, with Palace launching a counter. Nothing comes of it, however, with McArthur just taking too long over his pass.
14' Maupay has been in fine form for Brighton lately and has two goals in his last two appearances heading into this clash. Compare that with his Palace counterpart Benteke, who has managed just one goal in his previous 35 matches for Palace.
12' Zaha tries to work his way down the left, but is clattered into by Bissouma. Palace's winger is not happy with the challenge, and has some angry words with Potter down on the touchline as play resumes.
10' Palace's main man Zaha has scored five goals against Brighton; against no other side has he scored more goals in all competitions. However, if the away side can keep him quiet tonight, then they will fancy their chances of coming away with a positive result.
7' Brighton are more than willing to play their way out under Potter, and so far Palace seem to be allowing their visitors to do just that. Brighton are edging the possession stats, but so far – other than Mooy's attempt – have not managed to threaten. 
5' Brighton win a corner off Kelly, and the ball is floated in and cleared to Mooy on the edge of the area. He tries his luck, but can't keep his effort on target.
3' Crystal Palace lost this exact fixture last season, but haven’t lost consecutive home league games against Brighton since December 1983.
1' KICK-OFF! We are up and running!
The teams are out and we are just moments away from kick-off at Selhurst Park. Today's match marks the 100th game in charge for Palace boss Hodgson. Can his side get the win, or will Brighton claim the bragging rights?
After enduring a four-match losing streak on the road, Brighton stunned Arsenal in their last away outing, before drawing 2-2 with Wolves eight days ago. Graham Potter has stuck with the 4-3-3 system he used in that match, though makes two personnel changes – the suspended Dale Stephens is replaced by Bissouma, while Montoya comes in for Alzate at right-back.
BRIGHTON SUBS: Shane Duffy, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Glenn Murray, Ezequiel Schelotto, David Button, Bernardo, Steven Alzate.
BRIGHTON (4-3-3): Mat Ryan; Martin Montoya, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Davy Propper, Yves Bissouma, Aaron Mooy; Pascal Gross, Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard.
Palace seem to be lining up in a 4-3-3, though it may well be more like a 4-5-1 once things get going. Hodgson has made three changes in total – Gary Cahill, Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend drop out, with Dann, Riedewald and Benteke – starting for the first time since August – coming in.
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Max Meyer, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, James McCarthy, Victor Camarasa, Sam Woods, Tyrick Mitchell.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita; Martin Kelly, James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Jairo Riedewald; Cheikhou Kouyate, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur; Jordan Ayew, Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha.
Three points separate the teams heading into today’s meeting in south London. Palace sit tenth, though victory would take them into eighth place, level on points with Sheffield United and Manchester United and just four adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Brighton, meanwhile, would move above Roy Hodgson’s side should they claim the win.
Palace v Brighton is not your typical derby, given the two clubs are located almost 40 miles apart. However, their is a fierce rivalry between the sides, and one which the Seagulls have had the better of since their promotion to the Premier League, winning two of the four encounters, with Palace manning one victory and the other game drawn.
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