Get set for Southampton's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at St Mary's with our comprehensive match preview.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
Wednesday 5th April, 7.45pm BST
St Mary’s Stadium
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints host Crystal Palace looking to better a frustrating 0-0 draw against South Coast neighbours AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
Claude Puel’s men remain in the top half of the table, but come up against a Crystal Palace side in good form.
The visitors beat league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, which made it four wins on the spin as they look to pull away from a relegation battle.
Southampton: Manolo Gabbiadini remains sidelined with a groin injury sustained in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham before the international break, while Sofiane Boufal is also a doubt with a muscle issue.
Crystal Palace: Sam Allardyce will be without the services of Scott Dann after he sustained a knee ligament injury at Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Patrick van Aanholt and James Tomkins are also out but Loic Remy is back in training with the squad.
Southampton’s previous five:
AFC Bournemouth (h) D 0-0
Tottenham Hotspur (a) L 1-2
Watford (a) W 4-3
Manchester United (n) L 2-3 (EFL Cup)
Sunderland (a) W 4-0
Crystal Palace’s previous five:
Chelsea (a) W 2-1
Watford (h) W 1-0
West Brom (a) W 2-0
Middlesbrough (h) W 1-0
Stoke City (a) L 1-0
Leading the way for assists, Dušan Tadić was lively again on Saturday against AFC Bournemouth in his favoured central position.
His creativity will be needed as Saints look to break down a side who have conceded just one goal in their last four fixtures.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Manolo Gabbiadini, Nathan Redmond (6)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (6), James Ward-Prowse (5)
Crystal Palace’s upturn in fortunes have coincided with the scintillating form of winger Wilfried Zaha.
With pace and power to hurt any defence, he has been directly involved in no less than 13 Premier League goals so far this season (six goals, seven assists).
He teed up Christian Benteke for the Belgian international’s cheeky chip over Thibaut Courtois against Chelsea last time out, who is another player Saints will be wary of after 10 goals this season.
Top scorers: Christian Benteke (10), Wilfried Zaha (6), James McArthur (5)
Most assists: Wilfried Zaha (7), Jason Puncheon (3)
Crystal Palace: 27
Previous four meetings:
December 2016: Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton
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)
DID YOU KNOW?
– Of teams Southampton have faced 10+ times in the Premier League, their joint-highest win % is against Crystal Palace (60%, level with Swansea).
– Crystal Palace have won their last four Premier League games; they’ve only won five in a row in the competition on two other occasions (April 2014 and December 1992).
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