Percy Tau sent derby-day message

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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau could take part in his first derby in English football when Brighton & Hove Albion host rivals Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on Monday.

Brighton are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches, with victories over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in between, and will be looking to extend that run when they welcome Palace to The Amex for Monday's highly-anticipated M23 derby.

Tau, who returned to the club from a loan spell at Anderlecht in January, is in line to feature for the clash for Graham Potter's side and revealed that he has already been made acutely aware of the importance of the fixture to the club's supporters.

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"I've heard about it," Tau said in a video posted across the club's social media channels. "Even at the hotel I was told, 'We need to win that game!'"

"I've never heard them speak to me before but against Crystal Palace, they told me the message was clear. We need to win that game! I heard it's a big game. For us, it's a derby, but I think the team will be prepared for the game." 

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star is no stranger to the big occasion after previously scoring in the Tshwane derby against SuperSport United, while he also featured for both sides in Belgium's famed rivalry between Anderlecht and Club Brugge.

Tau has played in five matches across all competitions for The Seagulls since his return last month, including two Premier League appearances against Leeds United and Manchester City.

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