It’s derby day in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Sunday as Crystal Palace take on Brighton and Hove Albion.

This fixture is perhaps one of the more unconventional rivalries in the top flight, but despite their absence both sets of supporters will be desperate to win.

The two sides clash having both lost their last two Premier League games after testing starts.

Both Brighton and Palace have had to face 2 ‘top 6’ sides in their opening 4 matches, as well as early pace setters Everton.

The Eagles impressed in their opening two fixtures beating Southampton and Manchester United respectively, but have since been lacklustre.

The Seagulls meanwhile have been beaten three times already in the league but have given a good account of themselves despite the losses.

This should be a fascinating encounter then, particularly with the experience of Palace boss Roy Hodgson up against the younger, progressive Graham Potter at Brighton.

Hodgson may well choose to give Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi a start against Albion, with the striker having played just 25 minutes so far since his Selhurst Park return.

Nathaniel Clyne is another familiar face back in South London following his release from Liverpool, with the full back in line to make his second Eagles debut 8 years since he left the club.

Gary Cahill could make his first Appearance of the season in defence for Palace after a long term hamstring issue.

And it’s a hamstring injury which may encourage Brighton boss Graham Potter to resist playing the impressive Tariq Lamptey in the derby, although the Albion man will likely be put through a fitness test before a decision is made.

Aaron Conolly sustained a knock whilst on international duty with the Republic of Ireland and is rated touch-and-go to face Palace.

Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion is a 2pm kick off on Sunday 18th October.

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