The Saints are in good form.
Last updated: May 11, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||St. Mary’s Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Southampton recorded an incredible victory against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the previous round of The Premier League. Spurs went in front in the 16th minute of the game after great individual skills, shown by the Korean Heung-Min Son. After The Saints conceded the goal they started to attack and in the 31st minute Southampton deservedly equalized the score. Davis put his name on the score-sheet.
Then, In the 72nd minute Ronald Koeman’s players managed to turn things around. Steven Davis made a one-two pass with Tadic, then Davis shot accurately from just outside the box and sent the ball into the bottom left hand side of Lloris’ net.
This victory sent The Saints into 6th position in the standings, as they collected 60 points. Now, they will need to achieve another 3 points, in order to find their place in The Europa League for next season. Moreover, Crystal Palace have already secured their place in The Premier League and have nothing to play for in the game against Southampton. In addition, The Saints have won 13 of 22 matches against The Eagles at home.
Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace is injured. The Australian international midfielder is one of the Eagles key players. He’s appeared on 26 occasions this season.
Wilfried Zaha is the other main omission for The Eagles. The winger has a hamstring problem. He has scored 2 goals in 34 matches this season.
Hangeland, Appiah and Chamakh are also sidelined for Crystal Palace. However, they are not in Alan Pardew’s plans for his starting XI.
All the Southampton players are fit for the most important match of the season for The Saints. But, Koeman will surely pick the same players from the game against Tottenham.
Quotes of the week
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “We did a lot with Shane in a lot of aspects of football and I think he is more complete as a player, as a striker.”
Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “The contract was agreed some time ago but I know this football club and it was very important that our status was secured for me to warrant that contract in my opinion.”
|Southampton (4-2-3-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Martina, Wanyama, Clasie, Davis, Mane, Tadic, Long.|
|Subs||Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Austin, Ward-Prowse, Soares.|
|Crystal Palace (4-4-2):||Hennessey, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle, Wickham.|
|Subs||Kelly, Speroni, Mutch, Sako, Adebayor, Campbell, Ledley.|
|Injured:||Appiah, Chamakh, Jedinak, Zaha.|
So far this season
|Southampton this season||Crystal Palace this season|
|10 (7)||(at home) Wins (away)||6 (5)|
|4-0 vs. Arsenal||Biggest win||5-1 vs. Newcastle|
|3 (6)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (6)|
|5 (6)||(at home) Losses (away)||10 (7)|
|0-3 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||0-4 to Man City|
|Long, Pelle, Mane (10)||Top scorer||Dann, Cabaye, Bolasie (5)|
|Tadic (12)||Assist Leader||Delaney, Puncheon, Bolasie (3)|
|Y56, R6||Discipline||Y58, R2|
|9||Failures to score||14|
|18||Both Teams to Score Games||18|
|18||Over 2.5 Games||18|
|19||Under 2.5 Games||19|
- The Saints have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 Premier League matches at The St. Mary’s Stadium. They have recorded 10 victories from 18 home matches.
- Crystal Palace have failed to win their last 10 games away from Selhurst Park in The Premier League. They haven’t recorded an away victory in 2016.
- Southampton have won their last 3 home matches in The Premiership. They have also won 6 of their last 8 league games.
- There has been the option of: ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ and ‘both teams to score’ in Southampton’s last 3 home matches in The Premier League.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|09/01/16||The FA Cup||Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace||J. Ward 29′|
|12/12/15||The Premier League||Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton||Y. Cabaye 38′|
|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′|