Eagles Look To Extend Unbeaten Run To Six League Games

One more game beckons before a well earned weekend off which is more to do with the failure to progress in the FA Cup but it may end up being a valuable break. Before then, the small matter of the Saints at Selhurst.

DATE

21st January 2020

KICK OFF

7.30pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

The last time this fixture took place was September 2018 when the Saints returned to the South Coast with all three points thanks to goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. They took the lead through Ings straight after the break and Palace spent the rest of the half chasing the game until the visitors secured the win on the break in injury time.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Andre Marriner

ASSISTANTS – Scott Ledger, Mark Scholes, Tim Robinson (fourth official)

VAR – Jonathan Moss, Eddie Smart (assistant)

INJURIES

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke, Max Meyer, Patrick van Aanholt

SOUTHAMPTON – Yan Valery, Jan Bednarek

SUSPENSIONS

Luka Milivojevic

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Mamadou Sakho (1), Luka Milivojevic (1), Kevin Danso (1), Ryan Bertrand (1)

Yellow cards (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (8), James Ward-Prowse (6), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (5), James McArthur (4), James McArthy (4), Jordan Ayew (4), Moussa Djenepo (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 28/12/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 30/01/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
  • 02/01/2018 Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 16/09/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 18/01/2020 Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • 11/01/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
  • 05/01/2020 Crystal Palace 0-1 Derby County
  • 01/01/2020 Norwich City 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 28/12/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Southampton;

  • 18/01/2020 Southampton 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 11/01/2020 Leicester City 1-2 Southampton
  • 04/01/2020 Southampton 2-0 Huddersfield Town
  • 01/01/2020 Southampton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 28/12/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

RECORD AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON

  • Played 89
  • Won 29
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 42

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Wilfried Zaha 7.13
  • James Ward-Prowse 7.05
  • Danny Ings 7.03
  • Jordan Ayew 6.99

ONE TO WATCH

DANNY INGS

Former clubs – Netley Central Sports, Southampton, AFC Bournemouth, Dorchester Town (loan), Burnley, Liverpool

With 16 goals to his name in all competitions so far this season, it is safe to say that he is having his best season for some time. That tally includes the equaliser down at St Marys last month and he also grabbed a goal in the game at Selhurst last season so he seems to like scoring against Palace. The Winchester born striker has one England cap to his name and he is being touted for more considering his form ahead of the European Championships in the summer.

KEY CLASH

CENK TOSUN v JANNIK VESTERGAARD

With a goal on his full debut at the weekend, the new addition to the Palace ranks will be looking for more as he continues to impress in his loan spell. He has certainly show all the attributes to suggest he will be a valuable player over the coming months with his hold up play, running and eye for goal. He will likely be up against the Saints Danish international centre back who has had his opportunities limited this season but will be the expected deputy for Jan Bednarek who misses out through injury.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Top passers – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (1,256), Luka Milivojevic (996)
  • Palace have drawn their last 4 league matches
  • Top scorers – Danny Ings (14), Jordan Ayew (6)
  • Southampton have won their last 3 away league matches
  • Top assists – Sofiane Boufal (2), Shane Long (2), James McArthur (2)
  • Palace have only lost once in the last 10 league games
  • Top tackles – James Ward-Prowse (57), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (51)

PREDICTION

Games between the two sides have been tight affairs in recent seasons and there is nothing to suggest that this midweek match up will be any different. The Eagles will be keen however to take all three points after losing to the Saints in the last two matches at Selhurst. It will be interesting to see how the visitors react to the end of their recent good run of form at the hands of Wolves. In contrast, Palace continue to pick up points despite a lengthy injury list which is beginning to ease. Palace to end a run of draws with all three points.

Final score: 2-1 Palace

OPPOSITION VIEW

It does not seem all that long ago we spoke to our friends at St Marys Musings but they were kind enough to answer a few more questions for us ahead of this midweek fixture.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 15/8
  • Draw – 21/10
  • Away – 6/4
  • Both teams to score – 20/23
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