Tonight sees the last tie of the FA Cup third round (replays excluded), with Crystal Palace traveling to the south coast to take on Brighton.
This game counts as some sort of a derby, and is sure to be fiercely competitive. The two teams have been draw together in the FA Cup twice before, but the last time was in 1976. Goals have been in short supply on the other occasions the teams have met since then.
What’s also of note is that this game represents the first occasion that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in a competitive club match in England.
Video officials will watch the game from Premier League headquarters while the on field referee, Andre Marriner, will have a screen at the side of the pitch to review key moments.
We all know how particular boys can be with new toys, so we’ll take a punt that a penalty is awarded (if only to test the system!).
Recommendation: Penalty to be awarded, 1 pt, at 100/30, Paddy Power
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