Crystal Palace vs Southampton
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Crystal Palace vs Southampton | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Crystal Palace will be hoping for an easier ride this season having struggled at the bottom end of the table for a long time during the last campaign. Roy Hodgson has plenty of experience and under his guidance Crystal Palace have the potential to be a top half team this season. Fans of the Eagles would love to push for a European place. Southampton have enjoyed some great seasons in the Premier League since their return to the top flight in 2012/13. The Saints dropped down to League One in 2009/10 and have come a long way since finishing 7th that season. Southampton have enjoyed four top ten finishes in a row under the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman but struggled last season under Mark Hughes. Can the Welshman turn it around?
Crystal Palace will be aiming to bounce back following their last home game which ended in defeat against Liverpool. There is an optimism among the Crystal Palace fans that with players including Wilfried Zaha on form, they will have too much for Southampton in this game. The pace and power of the Crystal Palace team could be more than the Saints can handle. Southampton need to pick up points against teams they will consider to be their equal and this game falls into that bracket. Southampton fans will not tolerate another campaign like last season which saw them finish just 3 points clear of the relegation zone. If they fail to take anything from this game, we could see an early managerial casualty on the south coast.
Crystal Palace started the season with a good 2-0 win at newly promoted Fulham. This was the perfect start for the Eagles but despite delivering a decent performance against Liverpool, they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park. However, worse was to come as Crystal Palace lost their third game of the season at Watford, a team they would be hoping to at least hold to a draw. That result has put them under a bit of pressure.
If Crystal Palace are under pressure then Southampton are already at breaking point following a draw and two successive defeats this season. The point came at home in a 0-0 draw against a Burnley team who have had one eye on the Europa League at the beginning of this season. What followed was a 2-1 defeat at Everton and another 2-1 reverse at home to Leicester City. The late goal conceded against Leicester was a real kick in the teeth.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton | Head to Head
This will be the 97th meeting between Crystal Palace and Southampton, with the latter holding the superior record thanks to 45 wins. Crystal Palace have won 39 games but lost 1-0 at home to Southampton last season.
Odds and Predictions
Crystal Palace may have lost their last two Premier League games but this has not prevented the bookmakers from making them favourites to win this game. The Eagles are available at just 1.95 to take maximum points but that may have something to do with the opposition rather than their own form. Southampton are yet to win a game this season and have won only one of their last eight away league games. Southampton are on offer at 3.80 to win with the draw available at 3.50. Only once in their last six home Premier League matches have Crystal Palace failed to score a goal. Southampton have scored in four of their last five away games and this suggests we could see both teams get on the score sheet in this match. Both teams to score is 1.95. Crystal Palace forward Wilfrid Zaha has scored 2 goals in three league games this season. The former Manchester United winger has been in good form and will be feeling confident of finding the back of the net. Zaha is 2.80 to score at any time.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton | Top Betting Tip: Crystal Palace (3-1)
Crystal Palace may have lost their last two Premier League games but they have shown enough to suggest they can get the better of Southampton at Selhurst Park. Southampton have yet to win a league game this season and could leave empty handed.