A packed FA Cup third round schedule, which began on Friday with predictable wins for both Liverpool and Manchester United, ends on Monday night with two further Premier League clubs looking to book their place in the draw for the next round, which takes place before Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Crystal Palace to the Falmer Stadium.
The home team have had an excellent start to their first ever top-flight campaign and sit in 12th after 22 matches. This is despite the fact that their squad is among the least expensively assembled and, on paper at least, weakest in the Premier League.
Manager Chris Hughton will be wary of a poor run of results that could see them drop back towards the relegation zone – 18th place Stoke City are just three points behind and will have a new manager after Mark Hughes was sacked – but the Seagulls have been defeated just once in their past five league games.
Crystal Palace had a dire start to the campaign, though the hiring of Roy Hodgson looks likely to ensure that relegation is not a problem in the final 14 games. The Londoners are currently in 14th on 22 points and will see the FA Cup as an opportunity to go deep into the competition; they were, of course, beaten by Manchester United in the 2016 final.
After a hectic festive schedule, Brighton and Palace have had six and five whole days respectively to prepare for Monday night, so this could result in strong line-ups being named. As is the case throughout this season’s FA Cup, Tipbet.com have a huge range of odds available, with over 100 markets for this game.
The two teams drew 0-0 when they met in Brighton at the end of November. The same scoreline is available at odds of 5.75, but this would add a replay to both sides’ calendars. As the hosts, Brighton are 2.60 at Tipbet – and therefore favourites – to win on the night.