The M23 bowler hat returns as Crystal Palace and Brighton battle for the Premier League points that they hope can secure survival.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace is in spectacular kind, with 3 wins in their last 5 League games serving to the Eagles to climb eight points higher than the relegation places with 9 games remaining.
Chris Hughton’s Seagulls, meanwhile, hover 5 points higher than the dropping zone,
and a win would go a protracted thanks to securing their topping standing given capital – WHO sit eighteenth – have lost their last 3.
Both sets of fans would relish obtaining a result that might facilitate relegate their rivals,
however, a score draws appearance a probable possibility with neither team desperate enough to risk a win at the expense of some extent.
Palace are going to be a lot of assured of getting a go given their eight-point gap from the relegation zone,
however, the half ought to be a good affair.
Wilfried Zaha, in contrast, is in his most productive spell of the campaign with five goals in as many matches
Score prediction: Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Team News of Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Palace’s only absentees are Pape Souare and Mamadou Sakho.
Souare is on the mend from a dislocated shoulder, while Sakho is out for the forseeable future following knee surgery.
As for Brighton, Pascal Gross (thigh) is out along with Jason Steele (wrist), but Leon Balogun (shoulder) could return.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has an unchanged squad for Saturday’s fixture against fierce rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.
Pape Souare is not ready to return from a dislocated shoulder, while Mamadou Sakho has had a knee operation.
Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross remains out with a hamstring injury but he could be fit for the FA Cup quarter-final at Millwall on 17 March.
Leon Balogun has resumed training following a shoulder problem.
Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion LineUp
Brighton XI: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Murray, March
Aston Villa XI: Hennessey, Wan Bissaka, Dann, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Meyer, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Batshuayi, Zaha
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99.
Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
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Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion H2H
Brighton just about shade the M23 derby with 39 wins to Palace’s 38 – and 25 draws – though the Eagles could level the rivalry with a win.
The last time the two sides met, Brighton won 3-1 at the Amex Stadium in December despite havving Shane Duffy sent off after just 28 minutes.
The FA Cup Third Round.
3:00pm, Saturday 7th January 2023.