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Will it prove a hit or a miss? That is the question being asked as this match becomes the first in the country in which the Video Assistant Referee will be used in anger. It was announced early last year that the VAR would be trialled in a few selected televised FA Cup games this term and one of the guinea pigs is Brighton v Crystal Palace.
Will it prove successful? It is already in operation in Europe and there appears to have been few teething problems in Portugal, Germany and Italy thus far. Nevertheless it remains to be seen whether there are many decisions which come up for review on Monday evening in this FA Cup third round tie at the Amex Stadium although of primary importance will be who will make it through to the fourth round of the competition.
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These two sides have already met on the south coast in this season's Premier League campaign, a goal-less draw being somewhat overshadowed by crowd disturbances outside the stadium. Hopefully events on the pitch will take precedence in this next meeting and while remaining in the Premier League will be of the utmost importance to both the Seagulls and the Eagles, a decent cup run certainly wouldn't be frowned upon and we can expect both managers to take this match pretty seriously.
Crystal Palace head into this match with some decent form behind them, the Eagles losing just once in their last eleven games. They have avoided defeat during that run although with the Seagulls in excellent form in front of their home fans, this match looks destined to end in stalemate and a resultant replay at Selhurst Park.
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