Eagles Face Penultimate Away Trip In Rearranged Fixture Against Saints

The fixture that was original postponed due to FA Cup commitments finally comes around as Palace make the midweek trip down to the South Coast to take on the Saints at St Marys.

DATE

11th May 2021

KICK OFF

8.15pm

VENUE

St Mary’s Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP

LAST TIME

Goals from James Tomkins (50) and Danny Ings (74) ensured the points were shared in the last meeting between the two sides back in December 2019.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – James Tomkins (8.7)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Madley. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: John Brooks. VAR: Simon Hooper. Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – James Tomkins, James McArthur, Connor Wickham, Nathan Ferguson and Mamadou Sakho are all expected to miss out through injury

SAINTS – Oriol Romeu, Danny Ings, Takumi Minamino, Ryan Bertrand, William Smallbone are all expected to miss out through injury

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Jannik Vestergaard (1), Jan Bednarek (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (8), Oriol Romeu (6), James Ward-Prowse (5), Ryan Bertrand (5), Moussa Djenepo (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 12/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
  • 21/01/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
  • 28/12/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 30/01/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 08/05/2021 Sheffield United 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 01/05/2021 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
  • 26/04/2021 Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 10/04/2021 Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
  • 05/04/2021 Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Saints;

  • 08/05/2021 Liverpool 2-0 Southampton
  • 30/04/2021 Southampton 1-1 Leicester City
  • 21/04/2021 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton
  • 18/04/2021 Leicester City 1-0 Southampton
  • 12/04/2021 West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Southampton

RECORD AGAINST SAINTS

  • Played 91
  • Won 30
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 43

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • James Ward-Prowse 7.03
  • Oriol Romeu 6.97
  • Christian Benteke 6.96
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.89

ONE TO WATCH

JAMES WARD-PROWSE

FORMER CLUBS – none

This one club midfielder will likely be the main threat in this fixture. Born Portsmouth, Ward-Prowse is closing in on 300 appearances for the club along with 6 full international caps with England as he chases a place in the squad for the European Championships this summer.

KEY CLASH

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE v JANNIK VESTERGAARD

The Belgian striker has been one of the in-form players for Palace during the second half of the season and will relish the battle against the two big Southampton centre backs.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace are unbeaten in 3 away games against Southampton
  • Southampton have only lost 3 times to Palace in 10 games
  • In the last 4 of these fixtures, both teams have managed to score
  • Saints have won just 1 of their last 5 games
  • Palace come into this game having ended a 3 game losing streak

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (10 – 14th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Eberechi Eze (5)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (1,273)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (66)
  • TOUCHES – Luka Milivojevic (1,637)
  • SHOTS – Christian Benteke (59)

PREDICTION

With Palace mathematically safe and the Saints potentially having the same confirmation before the game, it could be that neither side will have anything to play for which could work either way. Here’s hoping that it will be an entertaining one with Zaha getting one up on his nemesis in this fixture.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 11/10
  • Draw – 5/2
  • Away – 23/10
  • Both teams to score – 13/20

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  1. Ooh yes! two goals for Wilf, at least one of them as he turns away from a Ward Prowse lunge…and then WP getting sent off for backchatting, cheating, an a late, late tackle on the edge of the penalty area…..sigh, I’m not being foolishly optimistic am I?

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