Crystal Palace vs Southampton: The Predictions
Just 1pt and three places separate Crystal Palace from their weekend visitors Southampton in the Premier League table, and we're expecting a close and competitive 90-minutes between the two clubs at Selhurst Park. The Eagles were very poor last time out but do welcome back Doucoure to the heart of their midfield this weekend while the Saints look to make it four games on the run unbeaten.
Both Teams to Score
Both teams have found the back of the net in four of the last six league meetings between Crystal Palace and Southampton, and we're expecting more of the same on Saturday. Three of the Eagles' and three of the Saints' last five outings in the Premier League have also produced goals at both ends of the pitch, so you can see why we're not backing either team to keep their clean sheet intact at Selhurst Park.
Over 2.5 Goals
Each of the last three meetings between these two clubs have witnessed at least three goals scored, which includes Crystal Palace's 2-1 win at Southampton back in April. Four of Crystal Palace's last five league games have ended with over 2.5 goals being scored, while Southampton recently lost 4-0 on the road against Manchester City, adding further weight to our prediction.
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The Eagles must improve after poor showing at Goodison Park
The Eagles never really got going at Goodison Park last weekend as their hosts never gave them any time on the ball and dominated the match from start to finish. The Toffees scored three times without reply in what was their best performance of the campaign. The game itself had a bit of bite to it with both teams getting stuck in and Palace were probably lucky to have kept all 11-men on the pitch, not that it helped.
Crystal Palace Predicted Lineup: Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell, Doucoure, Eze, Olise, Ayew, Zaha & Édouard
Not many people gave Southampton a chance at home to the league leaders Arsenal on Sunday but despite going a goal down early on, the Saints recovered to make it three games on the run without a defeat. Armstrong scored the all-important equaliser in the 65th-minute as the game ended in a 1-1 draw and that result leaves the Saints just a point behind Saturday's hosts.
Southampton Predicted Lineup: Bazunu, Ćaleta-Car, Perraud, Lyanco, Salisu, Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Aribo, Diallo & Armstrong
Crystal Palace: Nathaniel Clyne, Christopher Richards, Jack Butland and James McArthur all have injuries but Cheick Doucoure does return following a suspension.
Southampton: Valentino Livramento, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Romeo Lavia and Kyle Walker-Peters are the main injury concerns for the visitors.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Q&A
- Who are the favourites to win? – Crystal Palace are the clear favourite to win.
- What was the score when these two teams last met? – Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace.
- What time is kick-off? – 15:00 BST, 16:00 CET.