Palace are good enough at home to beat The Saints

Last updated: December 8, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWLWD
Away form: DLLLW
Last season: 1-3
Competition: The Premier League

Southampton have now recorded four consecutive matches without a victory (all competitions). The Saints have conceded 11 goals, which goes to show they have serious problems in defence. Even the team with the worst attack in The Premier League – Aston Villa, managed to score against Southampton and the match finished with a 1-1 draw.

Moreover, Crystal Palace have scored 8 goals in their last 4 Premiership games (2 per game on average). The Eagles showed a nice performance on Monday against Everton and won a point at Goodison Park. Despite the big number of goals Palace have recently scored, they have a problem, because The Eagles’ strikers are missing out on many goal-scoring chances, which costs the team lots of valuable points. For example, even though Crystal Palace created 18 good chances for a goal, they lost 0-1 to Sunderland two weeks ago.

Palace have an advantage at Selhurst Park in the ‘Head to Head’ matches against Southampton. The Eagles have won 10 of 21 games. The Saints have recorded 6 victories and there has been 5 draws. Southampton won 3-1 on their last visit to Crystal Palace.

Team News

Wilfried Zaha, who missed the visit to Everton through suspension, is going to return to Crystal Palace’s starting line-up.

Bakary Sako and Appiah are missing the match. Sako has a hamstring problem, while Appiah is suffering from a knee ligament injury.

Rodriguez, Gardos and Forster for The Saints are still injured. Jay Rodriguez will be ready to play within a month.

Marouane Chamakh can start for Crystal Palace for the first time this season. The Moroccan international has played only 14 minutes so far.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “I’d like to see England play not a contrived European game but an English game. That isn’t smashing the ball down the other end. We’re a nation that wants to go on the front foot.”

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “When I came to the club, I knew already that we would lose some good players, and we lost.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha, Chamakh.
Subs Wickham, Ledley, Lee, Jedinak, Gayle, Hangeland, Speroni
Injured: Appiah, Sako.
Not available:
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Clasie, Tadic, Mane, Pelle.
Subs Davis, Martina, Caulker, Oriol Romeu, Long, Wanyama, Yoshida.
Injured: Rodriguez, Gardos, Forster
Not available:

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season Southampton this season
6 League Position 12
3 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
5-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Norwich
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (4)
4 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (1)
1-3 to West Ham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Cabaye, Bolasie (4) Top scorer Pelle (6)
Puncheon (3) Assist Leader Mane (5)
Y27, R1 Discipline Y29, R2
5 Failures to score 4
3 Clean Sheets 5
8 Both Teams to Score Games 8
7 Over 2.5 Games 8
8 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • Crystal Palace won their last home Premiership match 5-1 against Newcastle. The Eagles’ strikers proved they are in top form (Bolasie, Zaha and McArthur scored the goals).
  • Southampton lost their last Premier League visit (1-3 to Manchester City). Despite The Saints making great efforts in attack, several silly errors in defence cost them the point.
  • The Saints have won 7 of the last 10 games between these two teams. They won twice against Palace last season.
  • Crystal Palace have lost only 1 of their last 5 Premiership games. The Eagles lost 0-1 to Sunderland, but deserved to take at least a point from the game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
03/03/15 The Premier League Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace S. Mané 83′
24/01/15 The FA Cup Southampton 2-3 Crystal Palace G. Pellè 9′
26/12/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton S. Mané 17′
08/03/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton Rodriguez 37′
28/09/13 The Premier League Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace D. Osvaldo 47′