Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace English Premier League 15 March 2023. With a 1-0 victory over bitter rival Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion maintained their push to qualify for Europa and pulled even with Liverpool in the Premier League.
The hosts moved up to seventh place with a goal from Solly March after 15 minutes, giving them 42 points, the same as Liverpool but with one fewer game under their belt.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace English Premier League
With two games remaining, Brighton is only six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur after winning 12 league games this season, tying their own top-flight record.
Odsonne Edouard missed a wonderful chance to score early on, and Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise both wasted opportunities. This was further evidence of Palace’s troubles in front of goal.
The team of Patrick Vieira has gone four games without scoring, is winless in 2023, and although being 12th in the standings, is only three points above the relegation zone.
After Palace’s first flurry, Brighton, managed by Roberto De Zerbi, kept the game under control.
They now have 18 points in the Premier League, trailing only Manchester City (25) and Arsenal (23) in the year-to-date standings.
Surprisingly, given the time, Kaoru Mitoma’s sharp ball led to midfielder March’s seventh league goal of the year in the 15th minute of the game.
Due to an injury to first-choice Vicente Guaita, Palace started 19-year-old goalkeeper Joe Whitworth, making him the youngest goalkeeper to play in a Premier League game since Ben Alnwick for Sunderland in December 2005.
He performed admirably, but Palace’s frustration continued at the opposite end of the field.
The issue, according to Vieira, is that we don’t score those goals and don’t make the best choices in the final third.
“That is self-assurance. We had a fairly solid strategy. Although we occasionally lacked talent, we were aggressive enough to put the ball in the net thanks to our killer instinct and ruthlessness.”
Palace’s situation won’t get any better as they go to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday.