Revealed! The most fiercely contested derbies in English football - and where Brighton vs Crystal Palace ranks

Monday night will see the latest chapter in the rivalry between Brighton and Crystal Palace

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 6:10 pm
Premier League match ball. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

The two sides may not be the closest in terms of geography, but there is still no shortage of bad blood between them – and it’s a grudge that is made all the more fierce by the need for points to ensure their respective Premier League statuses next season.

The reverse fixture at Selhurst Park ended 1-1 back in October, with Alexis Mac Allister scoring a last minute equaliser to cancel out Wilfried Zaha’s first half opener.

It’s been a little while since Albion took all three points from this one, however, and the Seagulls haven’t beaten the Eagles since March 2019, with Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert on the score-sheet that day

Matches: 86 Fulham win %: 12.8% Chelsea win : 57% Win % difference: 44.2% (Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images)

But this is a rivalry that stretches back way beyond the past couple of years or so.

The first official meeting between Brighton and Crystal Palace came on Christmas Day 1920, in a 2-0 defeat for Albion in the old Division Three South.

In the years since, the sides have met on 103 other occasions, but who has had the better of the clashes, and how does it rank in terms of ferocity compared to some of the biggest rivalries in English football?

Paddy Power have ran the numbers, comparing win percentages from derby clashes between every Premier League club and their most fierce foes to determine which clashes truly are the most competitive.

Matches: 71 Southampton win %: 49.3% Portsmouth win %: 29.6% Win % difference: 19.7% (Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Matches: 108 Leeds win %: 24.1% Man United win %: 43.5% Win % difference: 19.4% (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)
Matches: 128 Aston Villa win %: 44.5% Birmingham win %: 29.7% Win % difference: 14.8% (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Matches: 288 Liverpool win %: 42% Everton win %: 28.5% Win % difference: 13.5% (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Matches: 184 Man United win %: 41.3% Man City win %: 29.9% Win % difference: 11.4% (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Matches: 202 Arsenal win %: 40.6% Spurs win %: 32.7% Win % difference: 7.9% (Photo by PAUL CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Matches: 161 West Brom win %: 40.4% Wolves: 32.9% Win % difference: 7.5% (Photo by Adrian Dennis - Pool/Getty Images)
Matches: 60 West Ham win %: 31.7% Millwall win %: 36.7% Win % difference: 5% (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)
Matches: 104 Brighton win% 38.5% Palace win %: 35.6% Win % difference: 2.9% (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Matches: 102 Burnley win %: 41.2% Blackburn Rovers win %: 40.2% (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Matches: 106 Leicester win %: 37.7 Forest win %: 36.8% Win % difference: 0.9% (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)
Matches: 144 United win %: 34% Wednesday win %: 33.3% Win % difference: 0.7% (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Matches: 156 Newcastle win %: 34% Sunderland win %: 34.6% Win % difference: 0.6% (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)