Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Southampton

By SFC Media Fri 02 Dec Palace vs Saints

We get you set for Southampton's trip to Crystal Palace, in the Premier League, with our comprehensive match preview.

What’s at stake?


Saints can maintain their recent spell of unbeaten matches which has been further boosted by two wins this week already.

Last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Everton in the Premier League sees Claude Puel’s men in tenth place going into this weekend’s action.

Palace, who lost 2-0 to Saints in the EFL Cup earlier this season, are on a tough run of results with six straight defeats heading into this one. It leaves them hovering above the relegation zone after 13 matches played.

Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for them, but keeping them out at the other end has, with their last gasp 5-4 defeat at Swansea the third successive game they have lost by one goal.


Team news

Southampton: Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns.
Midfielder Dušan Tadić remains sidelined after breaking his nose on international duty with Serbia, while Matt Targett is also unavailable for selection. Jérémy Pied remains out with a long term injury.

Palace: Palace have added goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to their injury list with the goalkeeper requiring an operation to sort out a knee problem.
Striker Connor Wickham sustained an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in last week’s defeat at Swansea
Yohan Cabaye picked up a fifth booking of the season in that game and will now serve a one-match ban, and Loïc Rémy, Pape Souare and Joanthan Benteke are also out long-term.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Arsenal (a) W 2-0 (EFL Cup)
Everton (h) W 1-0
AC Sparta Praha (a) L 0-1 (Europa League)
Liverpool (h) D 0-0
Hull City (a) L 2-1

Palace’s last five:

Swansea (a) L 4-5
Manchester City (h) L 1-2
Burnley (a) L 2-3
Liverpool (h) L 2-4
Leicester City (a) L 1-3


Top performers

Charlie Austin’s strike against Everton sees the striker clear at the top of the scoring charts.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: Six players (1)

The Eagles have conceded a league-high 13 goals from set-pieces this season (inc. pens); two more than they let in last term (11).
Palace's total of 20 defeats in 2016 is the most they've lost in a calendar year in the Premier League.

Top scorers: Christian Benteke (5), James McArthur (4)
Most assists: Wilfried Zaha (5)


Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 81
Southampton: 39
Draws: 16
Palace: 26

Last four meetings:

September 2016: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace (Austin, Hesketh)
May 2016: Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace (Mané, Pellè, Bertrand, Davis)
January 2016: Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace (Romeu)
December 2015: Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

Did you know?

Crystal Palace's only Premier League win over Southampton came in last season's meeting at Selhurst Park (D4 L9 otherwise).

Eagles boss Alan Pardew has lost four of his last five Premier League contests against Southampton.

Not at the game?

Don’t worry if you’re not at the game on Saturday, as we’ll be keeping you right up to date.

Our Matchday Live centre on southamptonfc.com will feature build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, as well as live updates from the game and FREE audio commentary.

Additionally, our social media channels will also be offering exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, as well as updates from the match.

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