Brighton in the Premier League

first_imgCrystal Palace v BrightonChampionship Play-Off, Semi-Final first legTIME: 7.45pm TV: Sky Sports 1Brighton in the Premier League next season ?It sounds implausable, yet they are now just three matches away from an incredible story. Not least of which because they were homeless for 12 years after the sale of the Goldstone ground and played 70 miles away in a ground share deal with Gillingham before returning to Brighton to the less than ideal Withdean Stadium which was built for athletics and also in its past life had been a zoo!They are back home now though, playing in a brand spanking new and impressive 30,000 seater stadium firmly in the heart of Brighton with a BN1 postcode. That stadium will host the biggest match in its short history in the second leg.Tonight’s match at Crystal Palace has added significance as it’s a local derby. Despite a distance of 40 miles, Palace v Brighton games have always been treated as derbys and it will never get bigger than tonight’s clash.As we saw last night with Leicester and in the play-offs in general, there’s a pattern of low scoring, nervous games which just favour the home team in the first leg.Palace have a great record at home and Ian Holloway knows all about play-offs with his time at Blackpool.In the regulation season Brighton beat Palace 3-0 at home but Palace won it 3-0 when they were at home in December !But the end of season games saw a greater momentum to Brighton and with Wayne Bridge and Inigo Calderon back for tonight’s game we think Gus Poyet’s men will be hard to beat and can hold on for the draw.We’ll risk a point on a 0-0 correct score outcome too.A 30 second teaser for you:How good are your mathematical skills ??We’re sure you can quite easily work out what a 7/4 and 4/1 double pays but what about this little gem from the Countdown archives with the sadly missed Richard Whiteley.Now we want you to play along. Get your pen and paper at the ready.NO CHEATING – NO CALCULATORS OR PAUSING THE VIDEO.You have 30 seconds…… The Countdown Clock starts now………..STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 points DRAW Crystal Palace v Brighton1 point 0-0 correct score Crystal Palace v Brighton(-4 Thursday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more