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Huddersfield winger Tom Ince confident champions Chelsea will 'not fancy' visit to John Smith’s Stadium

Tom Ince believes Chelsea will not fancy a Tuesday night in Huddersfield, as the champions try to bounce back following a shock defeat at West Ham United. Antonio Conte’s Yorkshire-bound men should take note and react to the words from Huddersfield winger Ince, who was impressive in a comfortable win over mid-table Brighton on Saturday. It was an opportune moment for Ince to display his ability, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching in the directors’ box. “I don’t think Chelsea or anyone fancies coming here,” Ince said. “The way we get in people’s faces, we stop people playing. We win our tackles, we win our battles, we make it difficult for teams.  “Chelsea have got talent in abundance. But we feel we can cause any team problems here. We beat Man United here - we deserved to beat Man United - and we ran Man City close.”  Discussing the club’s form at home, where they have taken 14 points from eight games, Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen said: “It’s not a nice place to come and visit. On a day like this - it’s cold, people cheering, and we’re a very aggressive team.  Babbello Index November “Chelsea will be more hungry for points [after their defeat]. You can say they don’t slip up that often - it’ll be up to us to make it a bad game for them.” One Chelsea player - Izzy Brown, who is on loan at Brighton - tasted how bad it can be for a visiting player on Saturday. Last season, Brown had been on loan at Huddersfield from Chelsea and he impressed, but the 20-year-old struggled on his return. The damage for Brighton was done in the first half when Steve Mounie bundled in the first then headed home a second.  Steve Mounie reels away in celebration after scoring his and Huddersfield's second against Brighton Credit: Getty Images Brown said: “I was trying to give [the Brighton players] tips before the game on who might play, how they press, but it’s still tough to play against Huddersfield. “It was lapses in concentration and we conceded from two set-pieces. We worked on it, but someone lost their man and they scored twice.  “It doesn’t get any easier [with Tottenham to play on Wednesday]. We’ll go there with defensive discipline and counter attack.  “We know they’ve got some great players in Dele [Alli], Harry [Kane], they’re all amazing. The boys here, we played against [Sergio] Aguero and kept him quiet for most of the game, so we can handle it.”

Huddersfield winger Tom Ince confident champions Chelsea will 'not fancy' visit to John Smith’s Stadium

Tom Ince believes Chelsea will not fancy a Tuesday night in Huddersfield, as the champions try to bounce back following a shock defeat at West Ham United. Antonio Conte’s Yorkshire-bound men should take note and react to the words from Huddersfield winger Ince, who was impressive in a comfortable win over mid-table Brighton on Saturday. It was an opportune moment for Ince to display his ability, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching in the directors’ box. “I don’t think Chelsea or anyone fancies coming here,” Ince said. “The way we get in people’s faces, we stop people playing. We win our tackles, we win our battles, we make it difficult for teams.  “Chelsea have got talent in abundance. But we feel we can cause any team problems here. We beat Man United here - we deserved to beat Man United - and we ran Man City close.”  Discussing the club’s form at home, where they have taken 14 points from eight games, Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen said: “It’s not a nice place to come and visit. On a day like this - it’s cold, people cheering, and we’re a very aggressive team.  Babbello Index November “Chelsea will be more hungry for points [after their defeat]. You can say they don’t slip up that often - it’ll be up to us to make it a bad game for them.” One Chelsea player - Izzy Brown, who is on loan at Brighton - tasted how bad it can be for a visiting player on Saturday. Last season, Brown had been on loan at Huddersfield from Chelsea and he impressed, but the 20-year-old struggled on his return. The damage for Brighton was done in the first half when Steve Mounie bundled in the first then headed home a second.  Steve Mounie reels away in celebration after scoring his and Huddersfield's second against Brighton Credit: Getty Images Brown said: “I was trying to give [the Brighton players] tips before the game on who might play, how they press, but it’s still tough to play against Huddersfield. “It was lapses in concentration and we conceded from two set-pieces. We worked on it, but someone lost their man and they scored twice.  “It doesn’t get any easier [with Tottenham to play on Wednesday]. We’ll go there with defensive discipline and counter attack.  “We know they’ve got some great players in Dele [Alli], Harry [Kane], they’re all amazing. The boys here, we played against [Sergio] Aguero and kept him quiet for most of the game, so we can handle it.”

Tottenham vs Brighton: Premier League prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV, head to head, odds

Tottenham vs Brighton: Premier League prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV, head to head, odds

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Derby day: From one-sided fixtures to tight affairs - how will Merseyside and Manchester clashes play out?

It is a fact not lost on Merseyside that a generation of young Everton fans have never seen their side win at Anfield. More than 18 years have passed since the Toffees last took three points home with them on the short trip back across Stanley Park, with David Moyes, Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman all trying and failing to build a side capable of breaking the Anfield curse. It now falls to Sam Allardyce to rekindle the spirit of September 1999, when an early Kevin Campbell goal, created by a young Francis Jeffers, was enough to secure victory in a typically fiery encounter. Jeffers was later sent off, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, and they were soon joined by a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, making just his second appearance in a Merseyside derby. Everton have beaten Liverpool at Goodison Park on just four occasions since then, making their rivalry one of the most one-sided in recent history. Liverpool have dominated Everton in recent years Credit: Getty There has, however, been plenty of competition down the years for the title of football’s most unbalanced derby. In some cases, a local derby serves as an equaliser, when better teams are routinely pegged back by smaller rivals. In others, the derby atmosphere has the opposite effect, causing one side to shrink and another to thrive… One-sided derbies Everton are by no means alone in consistently struggling against their local rivals. Famously, Atletico Madrid did not beat Real Madrid, home or away, for 14 years. When they finally broke that duck, it was in the Santiago Bernabeu in the final of the Copa del Rey. “If you had made the fans an offer in which you had said we won’t win against them for 14 years but when we do, it will be in the Cup final at their stadium, with them scoring first, hitting the post three times and us winning in extra time, they would have signed up for that,” said manager Diego Simeone afterwards. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona have won 97 of 167 derbies with Espanyol, and have lost just three of the last 41 meetings with their local rivals. It is a similar story in west London, where Chelsea have won 46 games against neighbours Fulham, losing just 11. Although they have not always been in the same division, Chelsea have been defeated by Fulham just once, in 2006, since 1979. Chelsea have had the upper hand over Fulham Credit: Getty Images Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have dominated the Munich derby, winning 104 games against 1860 Munich and losing just 50. And on an international level, it is hard to find a more barren run of form than in the early decades of the USA’s rivalry with Mexico. After the Americans won in their first meeting, at the 1934 World Cup, Mexico went on an unbeaten run against the USA that stretched over 46 years and 26 matches until they were finally defeated in 1980. The anomalies In most of these cases, the results are an obvious consequence of the reflective sizes of the two clubs involved. It is no surprise, for example, that a club of Barcelona’s stature is so dominant over the comparably small Espanyol. But sometimes the derby serves as an equaliser, when the size of the various trophy cabinets has no impact on results. The so-called ‘smaller’ clubs can regularly claim the scalps of their ‘bigger’ rivals, or matches between sides at similar levels can become inexplicably uneven. Just look at the recent history of the ‘M23 derby’, between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Palace have had the upper hand, losing just one of the last eight games between the two. The 'M23 derby' is a fiercely-contested derby Credit: Getty And then there’s the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, two sides who, by and large, exist at the same echelons of English football. Norwich have not lost to Ipswich in nine matches since 2009. It is also an odd quirk that Stoke City have gone six matches without victory over Port Vale, and have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the two (that said, they have not faced each other since 2002, so those particular figures can appear misleading at first). What of Birmingham and Aston Villa? Here are two sides that played each other regularly in the Premier League in the 00s and have since faced off three times in the Championship, yet Birmingham have not won a league game between them in 11 attempts. The same applies to Sunderland and Newcastle. Both have generally operated at the lower end of the Premier League for the last five years, yet Sunderland’s record is one you would expect of a Champions League team playing a League One side: six wins in their last seven derbies, and no defeats in their last nine. Oxford United and Swindon Town have a similarly unbalanced recent record, with Oxford winning seven of the last eight meetings and going unbeaten in seven matches, in both league and cup competitions, since 2011. Too tight to call Of course, there are also those derbies that are so tightly-contested it is almost impossible to divide the two teams. For this, look no further than Nottingham Forest v Derby. Forest have won 39 times, while Derby have won 37. Burnley’s record against Blackburn Rovers is similarly tight: Burnley have won 41 while Blackburn have won 42. El Clasico is one of the tighest, high-profile rivalries Credit: AP Fulham may not have had much luck against Chelsea, but it’s a far tighter affair with fellow west Londoners QPR, who they have beaten 16 times but lost on 14 occasions. The ultimate in close derbies, though, is El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid have played 172 times, with Real winning 72 and Barcelona winning 68. There’s also just seven goals between them: Real have scored 280, while Barcelona have scored 273.

Police must get to bottom of false stories about Crystal Palace fans | Daniel Taylor

Smoke from flares drifts over the pitch at Brighton v Crystal Palace – but initial reports that away fans had arrived with knives and knuckle-dusters have since been withdrawn.

Wagner praises 'brave' Huddersfield after returning to winning ways

Steve Mounie scored his first goals since the opening day of the season to help Huddersfield Town ease past Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0.

Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - December 9, 2017 Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounie scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

Huddersfield 2 Brighton 0: Steve Mounie strikes twice as Terriers end losing run in front of Gareth Southgate

Huddersfield 2 Brighton 0: Steve Mounie strikes twice as Terriers end losing run in front of Gareth Southgate

Brighton manager Chris Hughton admitted his team were “not good enough”, as England manager Gareth Southgate watched them slide to a dismal defeat following two goals from Huddersfield’s Steve Mounie. Southgate would have taken interest in the displays of Brighton players such as defender Lewis Dunk and attacker Izzy Brown but they were overshadowed by a hungry and energetic Huddersfield team who deserved their comfortable success. Dunk, in particular, has been impressive this season while Brown – on loan from Chelsea – received his first call-up to the England Under 21s squad in March. The defender was partially to blame for Huddersfield’s second goal. “We weren’t good enough and that includes all of us – including myself,” said Hughton, who surprisingly dropped Anthony Knockaert from his squad. “That was not typical of Dunk. He has been very good for us all season and has developed over the years.” While Brighton’s attack could not click into gear, Mounie gave a timely reminder of why Huddersfield made him their club record signing over the summer. The £11.5 million buy from Montpellier had not found the net since the opening day of the season – when he also scored two, in a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace – but he was recalled to the starting line-up here and delivered for manager David Wagner.  Wagner said: “We had the feeling Mounie would be able to perform like he did today. He is back to his best.” Huddersfield took the lead when Mounie bundled the ball in, inside the six-yard box, after Christopher Schindler had flicked on from Chris Lowe’s corner. Their second came after Aaron Mooy crossed from the left and Mathias Jorgensen headed the ball back across for Mounie, who was waiting to pounce. The striker’s downward header, 10 yards out, lacked power but still slipped through the grasp of Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Huddersfield Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Mounie double helps Wagner's men end slump

Huddersfield Town ended a run of four straight defeats as a Steve Mounie brace sealed a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Premier League clockwatch - Every goal from 3pm games including Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth

2:13PM Goals, goals, goals There are five 3pm kick-offs this afternoon including the clash between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at Selhurst Park. We'll have all the goals as they go in from around the grounds in the other matches as Burnley host Watford, Swansea take on West Brom, Huddersfield welcome Brighton and Tottenham face Stoke. In the meantime, here's a preview from the Palace contest: Roy Hodgson thinks there are more duds than diamonds in the January sales. But the veteran Crystal Palace boss is ready to go bargain hunting to bolster his side's fight against relegation when the transfer window reopens. Hodgson is in desperate need of some firepower in attack while a new goalkeeper is also on his shopping list. But the former Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and England boss is only too aware of the "pitfalls" of panic buying after Christmas. "It would be interesting to look at the past few transfer windows at the players bought and the amount of money they cost, the salaries they command, and work out whether there were more bargains than otherwise," said Hodgson. "I would fear there would be less bargains than players who have been brought in at enormous expense but haven't really done what the club hoped they would do. "I don't like wasting money, mine or other people's. I feel a sense of responsibility - I want the players I am responsible for bringing in to the club to do well. "I want the club to say to me afterwards 'that was a good decision to bring in this player', so I will take a lot of interest and responsibility for that. "But, of course, as we all know there are no guarantees with transfers. You can do all the right research and for some reason it doesn't go right for that player. "It's not an exact science, you need luck. But I also think the more you research their character, the more you work on the basis whether they the right fit, you can try to avoid the bigger pitfalls. "But I don't know of any manager who can hold his hand up and say 'I get it spot on every time'." Palace face Bournemouth on Saturday looking to move to within touching distance of climbing out of the bottom three. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is fit to return after he was injured in the warm-up prior to last weekend's goalless draw at West Brom.

Crystal Palace criticise decision to opt for evening FA Cup tie at Brighton

Crystal Palace criticise decision to opt for evening FA Cup tie at Brighton

Brighton’s goalkeeper Maty Ryan surrounded by smoke from a flair at the Amex Stadium during the evening Premier League game against Crystal Palace in November.

Crystal Palace criticise decision to opt for evening FA Cup tie at Brighton

Crystal Palace 'disappointed' at ticket allocation and kick off time for Brighton FA Cup match

Crystal Palace 'disappointed' at ticket allocation and kick off time for Brighton FA Cup match

Crystal Palace 'disappointed' at ticket allocation and kick off time for Brighton FA Cup match

Crystal Palace have hit out at both their reduced ticket allocation and the timing of the FA Cup third round against Brighton and Hove Albion amid fears that an evening kick-off will heighten the security risk. There was significant disorder around their goalless draw at the Amex Stadium last week and, in expressing “disappointment” at another evening kick-off and away allocation of 2,000, Palace have suggested that similar concerns before the Premier League game were ignored. “Given the events that occurred, we assumed that this time what we considered to be good sense would prevail and the game would be scheduled as an early daytime kick-off,” said a statement. “The safety of all supporters must be paramount. It’s for that very reason that we felt the best and most obvious solution, as is the case with most other big, highly-charged derby games, would have been a lunchtime kick-off, combined with a bigger ticket allocation to cater for the overwhelming demand from our supporters.” Two Brighton stewards were taken to hospital and six fans were arrested following the disorder outside the Amex. A police investigation is ongoing and, while Brighton have accused a minority of Palace supporters of being “intent on causing disorder”, they have also promised “zero tolerance” bans to any of their own fans who misbehaved. The FA Cup match will be screened live on BT Sport and, in consultation with a safety advisory group that includes Brighton, the local authority, police and fire service, has been moved to Monday, Jan 8 at 7.45pm. Brighton had ideally wanted a Sunday lunchtime slot but there are engineering works on the train line over the weekend of the FA Cup third round and the safety advisory group wanted there to be a special service for away fans in order to minimise conflict. Flares were set off inside the ground when the clubs met last week Credit: Getty images With Monday the only option for that train service due to the weekend engineering works, it was decided that it represented the least worst decision. Palace, though, were aware of the train problems and say they were ready to put on alternative travel for their fans.  “We have offered to provide free coaches to negate this issue, also allowing supporters to be dropped and picked up from designated drop off and pick up points,” said the Palace statement. Palace have been told that the disorder last week was partly caused by fans with tickets colluding with un-ticketed fans to force entry into the stadium and have questioned another reduced allocation, especially as FA Cup rules permit 15 per cent of a home stadium and so would allow a theoretical maximum of 4,600.  “It’s our view that the many decent and law-abiding supporters are being punished by being deprived of the opportunity to enjoy supporting their team,” said the statement.  We apologise to @OfficialBHAFC and @CPFC and their supporters following incorrect information issued suggesting weapons found during their match last month. We are happy to confirm that while reported in good faith it's subsequently found to be wrong. https://t.co/3WVZa7AlMv— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) December 7, 2017 Palace supporters are also aggrieved that chief inspector Simon Nelson, who led the police operation for the Premier League match, had claimed that a number of fans had “knives and knuckledusters”. Sussex Police were subsequently forced to admit that the statement was wrong. It had followed a Freedom of Information request by the Palace fanzine ‘Five Year Plan’, who have now submitted a new request into the policing for the game and subsequent reports of disorder.  “We would like to understand the process involved in determining what the original statement from Sussex Police would contain and whether either club were notified or consulted,” said Robert Sutherland, who edits the Five Year Plan. “We want to understand where the information came from that weapons had been obtained by police, and to understand how a statement was released.” 

Crystal Palace 'disappointed' at ticket allocation and kick off time for Brighton FA Cup match

Crystal Palace 'disappointed' at ticket allocation and kick off time for Brighton FA Cup match

Crystal Palace 'disappointed' at ticket allocation and kick off time for Brighton FA Cup match

Crystal Palace have hit out at both their reduced ticket allocation and the timing of the FA Cup third round against Brighton and Hove Albion amid fears that an evening kick-off will heighten the security risk. There was significant disorder around their goalless draw at the Amex Stadium last week and, in expressing “disappointment” at another evening kick-off and away allocation of 2,000, Palace have suggested that similar concerns before the Premier League game were ignored. “Given the events that occurred, we assumed that this time what we considered to be good sense would prevail and the game would be scheduled as an early daytime kick-off,” said a statement. “The safety of all supporters must be paramount. It’s for that very reason that we felt the best and most obvious solution, as is the case with most other big, highly-charged derby games, would have been a lunchtime kick-off, combined with a bigger ticket allocation to cater for the overwhelming demand from our supporters.” Two Brighton stewards were taken to hospital and six fans were arrested following the disorder outside the Amex. A police investigation is ongoing and, while Brighton have accused a minority of Palace supporters of being “intent on causing disorder”, they have also promised “zero tolerance” bans to any of their own fans who misbehaved. The FA Cup match will be screened live on BT Sport and, in consultation with a safety advisory group that includes Brighton, the local authority, police and fire service, has been moved to Monday, Jan 8 at 7.45pm. Brighton had ideally wanted a Sunday lunchtime slot but there are engineering works on the train line over the weekend of the FA Cup third round and the safety advisory group wanted there to be a special service for away fans in order to minimise conflict. Flares were set off inside the ground when the clubs met last week Credit: Getty images With Monday the only option for that train service due to the weekend engineering works, it was decided that it represented the least worst decision. Palace, though, were aware of the train problems and say they were ready to put on alternative travel for their fans.  “We have offered to provide free coaches to negate this issue, also allowing supporters to be dropped and picked up from designated drop off and pick up points,” said the Palace statement. Palace have been told that the disorder last week was partly caused by fans with tickets colluding with un-ticketed fans to force entry into the stadium and have questioned another reduced allocation, especially as FA Cup rules permit 15 per cent of a home stadium and so would allow a theoretical maximum of 4,600.  “It’s our view that the many decent and law-abiding supporters are being punished by being deprived of the opportunity to enjoy supporting their team,” said the statement.  We apologise to @OfficialBHAFC and @CPFC and their supporters following incorrect information issued suggesting weapons found during their match last month. We are happy to confirm that while reported in good faith it's subsequently found to be wrong. https://t.co/3WVZa7AlMv— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) December 7, 2017 Palace supporters are also aggrieved that chief inspector Simon Nelson, who led the police operation for the Premier League match, had claimed that a number of fans had “knives and knuckledusters”. Sussex Police were subsequently forced to admit that the statement was wrong. It had followed a Freedom of Information request by the Palace fanzine ‘Five Year Plan’, who have now submitted a new request into the policing for the game and subsequent reports of disorder.  “We would like to understand the process involved in determining what the original statement from Sussex Police would contain and whether either club were notified or consulted,” said Robert Sutherland, who edits the Five Year Plan. “We want to understand where the information came from that weapons had been obtained by police, and to understand how a statement was released.” 

FA Cup: Crystal Palace 'surprised and disappointed' at scheduling and ticketing allocation for third-round derby clash with Brighton

FA Cup: Crystal Palace 'surprised and disappointed' at scheduling and ticketing allocation for third-round derby clash with Brighton

FA Cup: Crystal Palace 'surprised and disappointed' at scheduling and ticketing allocation for third-round derby clash with Brighton

FA Cup: Crystal Palace 'surprised and disappointed' at scheduling and ticketing allocation for third-round derby clash with Brighton

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