Premier League stats: Olivier Giroud, Burnley, Crystal Palace & Wilfried Zaha

  • Premier League stats: Olivier Giroud, Burnley, Crystal Palace & Wilfried Zaha

Premier League stats: Olivier Giroud, Burnley, Crystal Palace & Wilfried Zaha

The central characters were Terry Venables, whose appointment at Selhurst Park in 1976 was quickly followed by his former Tottenham room-mate Alan Mullery taking charge of Brighton.

Murray is the fifth player to score against Crystal Palace in the Premier League having previously played for them in the competition, and the first since Leon McKenzie in April 2005 (for Norwich).

"Both the games at Brighton [earlier this season] were played with passion".

It is, though, hard to see tomorrow passing off so quietly.

Hodgson's side are now three points clear of the drop zone, although 18th-placed Southampton do have a game in hand.

Hodgson believes it is equally important that his players do not let the occasion get the better of them. Last week we had Wilf Zaha and Andros Townsend up top, an 18-year-old on the bench. Because the two players up front caused the Bournemouth defence all sorts of problems, ' said the ex-England boss. They all have their players that can have a big influence, but he's really developed as a player in the last few seasons.

Van Aanholt and his Crystal Palace team-mates face their bitter rivals this weekend
Van Aanholt and his Crystal Palace team-mates face their bitter rivals this weekend

Crystal Palace's 3-2 victory over Brighton saw five goals scored in the first half, which is the most in the league this season.

Of that prospect, Hughton says: 'It would be everything.

The Eagles had seemed likely to claim derby honours in fine style as they twice opened up two-goal advantages, although the Seagulls were able to stay within touching distance by elevating their tally of top-flight away goals from seven to nine.

Brighton will be without midfielder Davy Propper through suspension but winger Anthony Knockaert is back from a ban.

These clubs may be relatively recent rivals but this is a derby which really means something.