Crystal Palace travel to St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday evening to take on Southampton for this exciting midweek clash.
Palace head into the match on the back of an emphatic victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on Sunday. Roy Hodgson’s men scored twice in the first half to push aside Spurs and put their name in the hat for the next round.
Southampton had a full week of rest during the FA Cup action, as the Saints were knocked out of the cup to Derby following a replay penalty shootout loss at St Mary’s. Despite missing the cup weekend their league form has been rejuvenated under Ralph Hassenhüttl, winning their past two games.
The pair sit level on points in 14th and 15th place in the Premier League respectively as both clubs look to steer clear away from the relegation zone with an important win this weekend.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the upcoming fixture.
Where To Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Wednesday 30 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||St Mary's Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports News/BT Score|
Southampton welcomed back Danny Ings in their last Premier League fixture against Everton and could see Ryan Bertrand back in the squad on Wednesday. Bertrand has been out since late November and could return for the visit of Crystal Palace. Maya Yoshida continues to be absent as Japan reached the semi-final stage of the Asian Cup; Mario Lemina also remains sidelined for the Saints.
Crystal Palace recently signed young Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri on loan from Sao Paolo in order to recover from their goalkeeping dilemma. Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey both suffered injuries early this month leaving veteran Julian Speroni to return between the sticks. Pape Souaré will also miss out due to a shoulder injury.
|Southampton||McCarthy; Vestergaard, Bednarek, Stephens; Valery,Højbjerg , Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Targett; Redmond, Ings.|
|Crystal Palace||Perri; Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Schlupp, Meyer; Townsend, Zaha, Wickham.|
Head to Head Record
Southampton have had the better of the Eagles out their 107 meetings, winning 46 times and drawing 22. Their recent fixtures has seen varied results with both sides taking their share of the three points. The last stalemate between the sides came in February 2008.
The reverse fixture this season saw a thrilling 2-0 win for Southampton at Selhurst Park. Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg both got on the score sheet in the second half to give Southampton the three points. That game however sparked a 12 game run without a win in the league for the Saints. Southampton also got the better of Wednesday’s opponents in the league cup when they also beat Palace by a 2-0 scoreline.
Despite the FA Cup triumph over Spurs at the weekend Crystal Palace have not been on top form in the league of late. The Eagles have only picked up four points from their past five fixtures. Palace were unlucky to not take anything away in their last Premier League match against Liverpool though. Two late goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane wrapped up a 4-3 victory for the league leaders.
Southampton’s form at the moment looks better than their opponents (if you don't count the FA Cup games against Derby) of late, the Saints have won two and drew with Chelsea 0-0 in their last three games in the league.
Here is how each team has performed in their last five fixtures.
|Southampton 2-1 Everton (19/1)||Crystal Palace 2-0 Spurs (27/1)|
|Southampton 2-2 (5-7 on Pens) Derby County (16/1)||Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace (19/1)|
|Leicester 1-2 Southampton (12/1)||Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford (12/1)|
|Derby County 2-2 Southampton (5/1)||Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town (5/1)|
|Chelsea 0-0 Southampton (2/1)||Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace (2/1)|
Southampton have looked very impressive under Ralph Hassenhüttl and will be fully expected to continue their good league form.
Crystal Palace will be on a high following their FA Cup victory over their London rivals and need to pull clear of the relegation zone sooner rather than later
Both teams know that a win will take them within six points of the top half of the table. A tightly contested contest is expected at St Mary’s on Wednesday night and that should produce some goals (we hope).
Prediction: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace