Brighton request Crystal Palace derby is brought forward 24 hours to avoid rail strike clash

Brighton request that their derby with Crystal Palace next month is brought forward 24 hours to avoid a clash with rail strikes – after being called off in September because of another walkout!

  • Brighton were originally schedule to host Crystal Palace back in September
  • The Premier League game was oved to March 16 due to a rail strike 
  • Another rail strike means that it could now be moved once again  

Brighton have made a formal request for their meeting with Crystal Palace on Thursday, March 16 to be brought forward 24 hours in order to avoid another clash with a rail strike.

The game was previously postponed due to another strike back in September after talks with police and safety authorities.

The Premier League are expected to make a decision on the matter at the start of next week. 

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst park last weekend. 

10 points separate the clubs in the top flight with Brighton flying high in sixth with 35 points.

Brighton have requested that their fixture at home to Crystal Palace is brought forward 

Palace, meanwhile, sit 12th, seven points above the relegation zone.

Seagulls manager Roberto De Zerbi is confident his in-form side have the capabilities to secure continental qualification.

‘For us it is a very important game,’ he said of the visit of Marco Silva’s Cottagers. ‘Tomorrow we can understand who we can be in the second part of the season because Fulham is a good team.

‘When I speak to fight to arrive in Europe, it’s not to show arrogance but because I believe in my players.

‘I believe in them because every day I see them in attitude, in quality and I know very well the level of my players and I know I am able to analyse well the games.

‘And, at the moment, the pitch is speaking for us because in the last period we are playing fantastic football, we are creating a lot of chances to score, we are defending very well.

‘At the moment, we are ready to fight to arrive in Europe. If something changes, I will tell you something different.’