Crystal Palace v Brighton: Everything you need to know about the M23 derby

The derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton is named after the M23 motorway which links the capital to the coast.
Wilfried Zaha celebrates Connor Gallagher’s equaliser at the London Stadium. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)Wilfried Zaha celebrates Connor Gallagher’s equaliser at the London Stadium. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
Wilfried Zaha celebrates Connor Gallagher’s equaliser at the London Stadium. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

The Seagulls beat Leicester 2-1 to jump to fourth in the league table, and they could go top with a win - as Liverpool drew and Chelsea lost.

They also easily brushed off Swansea 2-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday to progress to the fourth round, where they will face Leicester for a quarter final place.

History of the rivalry between these sides

The two teams are 50 miles apart and are connected by the M23 motorway, which explains why it’s called the M23 derby.

The first grudge match between these two sides took place around the 1976/1977 season, when they played each other five times in the league and cup competitions combined.

The first three games ended in draws for the then third division sides, with emotions eventually boiling over in an FA Cup second round replay.

During the match, Brighton had what they saw as a legitimate goal ruled out and were forced to retake a penalty, which Brian Horton ultimately missed.

Seagulls boss Alan Mullery was furious with referee Ron Challis and made his feelings known with a rude gesture to the Palace fans.

That spilled out into clashes between fans after the game, and from then the clubs have despised each other.

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Head to head

The two teams have played a total of 107 league and cup games, featuring 274 goals.

Crystal Palace 40 wins

Brighton Hove and Albion 40 wins

Draw 27

The statistics heading into the game

  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Brighton, winning two and drawing the other two. 
  • Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 12 Premier League matches played on a Monday (D3 L8).
  • Crystal Palace have had fewer shots on target than any side in the Premier League this season (11). However, they’ve scored five goals.
  • Brighton have won four of their last five Premier League games (L1), and are looking for three consecutive league victories for the first time since October 2018.
  • Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has scored seven goals against Brighton in his career (all competitions), and there is no side has he scored more against in English football. The Ivorian has scored four goals in his last four against the Seagulls at Selhurst Park

Player to have played for both Palace and Brighton

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace 2011 - 2015)  (Brighton 2008 - 2011 and 2017 - 2021)

Tony Burns (Brighton 1966 - 1969) (Crystal Palace 1973 - 1978)

Stephen Dobbie (Brighton 2012 - 2013) (Crystal Palace 2013 - 2015)

Paul Kitson (Crystal Palace 2000) (Brighton 2002 - 2003)

Dave Martin (Brighton Youth team 2004) ( Crystal Palace 2007 - 2008)