Crystal Palace Vs Southampton
Crystal Palace are facing a major crisis coming into this game especially since they have lost their last four games. New manager Roy Hodgson will be looking to help the team turn around its fortunes after a poor start to the season. Southampton too have had a poor start to the season and will be taking the game seriously.The game therefore features two teams who are desperate for a win to turn around the poor start of the season.
Southampton have won just two out of their last ten premier league games and will need a change in fortune. Furthermore, out of these ten games they have failed to score in eight matches. In the last six encounters between these two teams, both teams have won three each and lost three games, Southampton have won just 20% of their last ten premier league matches and failed to score in 80% of these games. Furthermore, they have had fewer than three goals in 80% of these games.
Crystal Palace have a lengthy injury list which includes Pape Souare,Connor Wickham,Wilfied Zaha and Bakary Sako.Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is still short of match fitness and is not expected to participate in the match.
Crystal Palace:Hennessey,Ward,Fosu-Mensah,Dann,Van Aanholt,McArthur,Cabaye,Puncheon,Townsend,Benteke,Schlupp
Players to Watch
Christian Benteke will be the main man going forward and has yet to pick form. It will be an important game for him as he has a point to prove. Southampton striker Gabbiadini is always dangerous inside the box and will be the man to watch for Southampton.
Crystal Palace are expected to nick the victory with a point to prove under new coach Hodgson.However,both teams have been struggling offensively and it looks to be a low scoring fixture.