Stat Pack: Crystal Palace vs Saints

By SFC Media Thu 14 Sep Crystal Palace v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson

Get up to speed with all the key facts and figures before Southampton's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

- Southampton have lost just two of their 16 Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, (W10 D4), although both defeats have come in the last four meetings (both at Selhurst Park).

- Before then, Saints had enjoyed a six-match unbeaten run at Selhurst (W3 D3).

- Saints have won three of their last four meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions, losing the other. Indeed, there hasn’t been a draw between the sides in any of the last 16 clashes (6 wins for Palace, 10 wins for Southampton).

- Roy Hodgson (70 years old) will be only the third manager to take charge of a Premier League game in his 70’s after Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson. He is the first-ever PL manager to be appointed in his 70’s, however.

- Should Crystal Palace lose and fail to score in this game, they’ll be the first top-flight side in history to open a season with five defeats and no goals.

- Crystal Palace’s xG (expected goals) figure in the Premier League this season is 4.73 – suggesting that an average team would have scored five goals from the chances they’ve had. This xG tally is higher than Chelsea’s (4.08), who have scored eight goals.

- The Premier League record for longest time taken by a team to score a goal in a season is 438 minutes, held by Newcastle United in 2005-06. If Crystal Palace don’t score before the 78th minute in this match, they’ll break this record.

- No Southampton player has scored more goals for the club in the Premier League since the start of 2016-17 than Charlie Austin (7 – level with Nathan Redmond), despite the striker only playing 989 minutes in this period (a goal every 141 mins on average).

- Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Southampton, including three in two for Crystal Palace.

- Steven Davis will make his 200th appearance for Southampton if he is involved against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


Inside Track: Crystal Palace