Premier League Preview – Southampton
It has taken almost a month but Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park for what is just their second home game of the season.
The visitors seem familiar opponents and are arguably the team Palace have faced the most over the five seasons and counting Premier League football has returned to South London.
With one point to their name ahead of their fourth league game of the season, Mark Hughes’ men will be desparate to add to that meagre tally. Likewise for Roy Hodgson and his team following the failure to take perhaps at least the point they deserved last weekend.
Palace have just come out the other side of a tough early season schedule as they took in three games in eight days. No league success in that time but a win in the Caraboa Cup by the fringe players in South Wales on Tuesday night will breed confidence among the squad.
It will be interesting to see if Hodgson makes any changes to the starting line up after a number of good performances in midweek with the likes of Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate and Vicente Guaita getting good game time.
There is no doubting Aaron Wan-Bissaka will return at right back in place of Joel Ward and many would not bet against Meyer getting the nod for his first Premier League start ahead of Jeffrey Schlupp. Whether James Tomkins will be fit to play is questionable so the centre back slot alongside Mamadou Sakho is likely to be up for grabs, with Martin Kelly favourite.
The Saints can pose a threat even if they have yet to show much so far this season but getting their first win of the season in the week away at Brighton in the cup will help the confidence among the ranks. They will pose a different kind of problem for the hosts with talent in the shape of Danny Ings, Charlie Austin, Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand all capable of match winning performances.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – James Tomkins (calf) and Connor Wickham (groin) are both major doubts while Pape Souare (muscle) and Scott Dann (knee) remain unavailable.
SOUTHAMPTON – no injury concerns as far as we know
An early Shane Long goal seemed to set the tone for the match in the last meeting at St Marys’ between the two sides back in January. However, James McArthur pulled one back after an assist from Christian Benteke and Luka Milivojevic scored from distance to take all three points for the Eagles late on.
Who Scored man of the match – Luka Milivojevic (8.1)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 02/01/2018 Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 16/09/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
- 05/04/2017 Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 03/12/2016 Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton
- 21/09/2016 Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace
Last FOUR results for Palace;
- 28/08/2018 Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2018 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
- 11/08/2018 Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
Last FOUR results for Southampton;
- 28/08/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Southampton
- 25/08/2018 Southampton 1-2 Leicester City
- 18/08/2018 Everton 2-1 Southampton
- 12/08/2018 Southampton 0-0 Burnley
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Andros Townsend 7.22
- Alex McCarthy 7.13
- Wayne Hennessey 7.09
- Ryan Bertrand 7.02
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – AFC Bournemouth, Dorchester Town (loan), Burnley, Liverpool
After a horrid run of injuries at Liverpool, the Winchester born striker secured a season long loan move to the South Coast on Transfer Deadline Day. The striker returns to a familiar location having started his career a little further along the coast at Bournemouth. He made his debut for the Cherries in 2009 after a brief spell on loan at non-league Dorchester. Burnley spotted his eye for goal in what was only a handful of appearances and signed him in 2011 for a fee believed to be in the region of £1million.
In his time at Turf Moor, Ings made over a century of appearances and scored almost forty goals before a big move to Liverpool in 2015. It has proved an injury hit spell at Anfield and a fresh start at Southampton is likely to be just what the 26-year-old needs to kick start his career.
Ings has appeared for the England under 21 side a number of times and received one senior cap to date.
There is not much to pick from the two sides on form apart from the Saints still searching for their first league win of the season. They will be keen to do that sooner rather than later and the Eagles will have to be wary as there are dangers in the visiting squad, however after a disappointing loss at Watford, Roy Hodgson will be seeking a reaction from the Palace players.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 10/11
- Draw 12/5
- Away 3/1
- Both teams to score 5/6