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Brighton & Hove Albion-Crystal Palace Preview

The first chapter of the A23 Derby is also a milestone match for Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who will oversee his 100th match with the Eagles on Monday when they host Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst Park.

The 72-year-old Hodgson will be a centurion on the touchline for his fourth club at kickoff, having also been in charge of 100 matches while at Halmstads BK and Malmo in Sweden and also Fulham. Palace is the 16th club Hodgson has managed overall - not including national stints with Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland, and England - and his rescue mission upon arriving at Selhurst Park in 2017 remains arguably one of the best relegation escape acts in the Premier League era.

Brighton hold a slim 40-38 lead in the all-time rivalry in addition to the 25 draws between the clubs as they make the 60-kilometre drive north from Sussex, but Hodgson is confident Palace (6-4-6) will be ready for the challenge as they look to stay in the top half of the table.


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