Graham Potter admits he wants people like “club legend” Shane Duffy in his corner as he prepares to take his Brighton side to Crystal Palace on Monday evening (Match Betting – Palace 21/10, Draw 21/10, Brighton 13/8).
After joining the club in 2016, the defender looked to be on his way out of the Amex when he was sent on loan to Celtic in the summer of 2020. However, after a disappointing spell with the Bhoys, he has bounced back since returning to the South Coast.
Duffy’s (15/2 – Anytime goalscorer) performances have helped Brighton win four of their opening five Premier League games and a victory at Selhurst Park will see them go top of the table.
Palace on the other hand, have taken five points from their opening quintet of fixtures and are still adapting to life under new boss Patrick Vieira.
The Eagles did, however, win their last home outing, taking down Tottenham 3-0.
Vieira will have extra motivation to claim a second victory in the role due to the rivalry between the two clubs but his side will be coming up against a confident Seagulls outfit whose demeanour is personified by the resurgent Duffy.
Since taking over in 2019, Potter has seen his team draw both of their trips to SE25 but believes they may have an extra edge on Monday due to the presence of their Irish talisman.
“Shane is a club legend,” he told the club website. “For what he has achieved here – helping the team get promoted and what he’s done in the Premier League. Everyone loves him at the club.
“He’s a fantastic guy and a great character. Everyone is delighted that he’s back, playing and enjoying his football.
“He’s someone you want in your corner. He supports the team, he supports the boys on the pitch. He’s a fighter, he’s a warrior. You want those guys with you in hostile environments and Selhurst Park on a Monday night is one of those things.”
Duffy’s presence will be especially important because of the absence of fellow defender Adam Webster due to a thigh injury, while Tariq Lamptey is also set to miss out for the visitors.
Brighton will also continue to monitor midfielders Yves Bissouma and Alexis Mac Allister.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Schlupp is back for the Eagles, while Odsonne Edouard will be hoping for a first start for the club after his brace off the bench against Spurs.
Edouard is involved in a number of Betfred’s #PickYourPunt offers, with 3/1 available for the Frenchman to score and Crystal Palace to take over 3.5 corners.