Premier League Preview – Southampton
The Eagles return to league duty with a midweek trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton with a win on the minds for both sides.
It will be first choice selections on show as the two sides will be looking to take the opportunity of pulling themselves away from the bottom three and create some space to play with heading into the final third of the season.
The hosts have some injury concerns ahead of the visit of Palace who themselves are hoping for more choices in goal following the recent absences of Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita.
Roy Hodgson will be looking to bring in those first teamers that sat out the home win over Spurs on Sunday with the likes of Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returning. That is perhaps harsh on Scott Dann, Martin Kelly and Joel Ward who all performaned admirably during the cup win but Connor Wickham has staked a claim on a starting spot as the loan striker.
New Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl has breathed new life into the South Coast club after an impressive spell in charge of Bundesliga side RB Leipzig and while there was a question mark as to whether he could have an impact in the Premier League, he has settled into life in English football very well indeed.
Wilfried Zaha is set to make his 150th Premier League appearance for the Eagles.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Pape Souare (shoulder) continues to miss out while Wayne Hennessey (thigh) and Vicente Guaita (calf) are both back in contention.
SOUTHAMPTON – Matt Targett (knee), Mario Lemina (abdominal) and Ryan Bertrand are all doubtful for the game while Michael Obafemi (hamstring) misses out. Maya Yoshida is on international duty.
The last time the two sides met was back in September at Selhurst Park. Danny Ings put the visitors into the lead shortly after the interval and with the Eagles pressing for an equaliser, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a second for the Saints to secure all three points.
Who Scored man of the match – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (8.5)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 27/01/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
- 19/01/2019 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
- 12/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
- 05/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town
- 02/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Southampton;
- 19/01/2019 Southampton 2-1 Everton
- 16/01/2019 Southampton 2-2 Derby County
- 12/01/2019 Leicester City 1-2 Southampton
- 05/01/2019 Derby County 2-2 Southampton
- 02/01/2019 Chelsea 0-0 Southampton
THE RECORD AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON
- Played 87
- Won 29
- Drawn 16
- Lost 42
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.24
- Luka Milivojevic 7.12
- Jannik Vestergaard 7.05
- Danny Ings 6.93
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – AFC Bournemouth, Dorchester Town (loan), Burnley, Liverpool
The 26 year old striker burst onto the scene and Bournemouth after a successful loan stint at non-league Dorchester which quickly alerted the attentions of Burnley. A fee believed to be around £1million was agreed and the diminutive forward was off to Turf Moor. A dream move to Anfield took place in 2015 and Liverpool were forced to pay an initial £6.5million after a tribunal but his career was stalled due to injury. Ings has found his scoring boots in familiar surroundings on the South Coast in a season long loan deal and will be a threat to the Palace back line having managed seven goals in 15 appearances so far for the Saints.
With the two clubs level on 22 points in the Premier League, this promises to be a fiercely contested match up. The Saints did not have a game at the week while the Eagles will be coming into the fixture hot off the heels of an FA Cup win against Spurs. For those very reasons, TEB are predicting a point a-piece which will probably suit both parties.
- TEB prediction – draw
- St Marys Musings prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 11/8
- Draw – 9/4
- Away – 21/10
- Both teams to score – 4/5