Crystal Palace v Brighton has extra edge, says Roy Hodgson

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Crystal Palace are in a precarious position entering in the final stretch of matches in the Premier League.

Chelsea's comeback at Southampton earlier today has given Albion some breathing room in their fight against the drop, sitting seven points above the bottom three with five games to go.

Brighton have conceded in each of their last 12 Premier League games - the longest current run without a clean sheet in the division. Without the 25-year-old recently, the London-based outfit have not won a Premier League game the Ivory Coast worldwide has missed since September 2016.

The stakes could hardly be higher for Palace with Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool having all scored late winners in the last three matches at Selhurst Park while, perhaps even more damagingly, three points became one at Bournemouth last Saturday after Josh King's last-minute equaliser for the Cherries.

Hodgson believes it is equally important that his players do not let the occasion get the better of them. We're going to be very anxious and there's no doubt that the anxiety will find its way from the crowd out onto the field and all I can hope for is that the players show their experience and stand up to it. Considering they play one club in the top half of the table in their last five games, they'll have a great shot at staying if they can take care of business. Given their subsequent problems - through fitness and form - with various strikers, it must be galling for Palace they allowed Murray to leave for just £5million two-and-a-half years ago.

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An away win would effectively see Brighton secure a second top-flight season on their biggest rivals' pitch.

But with local bragging rights on the line, as well as precious points, Palace boss Hodgson knows the pressure that his players will be under after previously steering West Brom and Fulham to survival.

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