Preview - Crystal Palace vs Southampton 01 September 18

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Match Day 4
Crystal Palace vs Southampton
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:   
Last five matches form: W W W L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.18
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.45
Top Scorer 17/18: Luka Milivojević (10)

Last five matches form: W L D L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.97
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.47
Top Scorer 17/18: Charlie Austin (7)

Crystal Palace bid to get back to winning ways in the Premier League this weekend as they welcome Mark Hughes Southampton side to Selhurst Park.

Palace have probably played better overall than three points from their opening three games would suggest. They matched Liverpool for large periods in their last game here, and should really have been in front before the game got away from them at Watford last weekend.

Southampton have just the one point to show for their season to date courtesy of a goalless draw on the opening day against Burnley. Like Palace they will be attempting to arrest a two-game losing streak having went down 2-1 to both Everton and Leicester in their past two games.

Southampton won this game 1-0 last year, but that was during Palace's diabolical beginning to the season. Under Roy Hodgson Palace won the most recent encounter 2-1 at St Mary's.

Scott Dann and Pape Souaré are out for the Eagles whilst Danny Ings is a slight doubt for Southampton. It is expected the frontman will be fit to take his place though.

Southampton do look better than they did last season, but they really need to start translating those improved performances into points sooner rather than later.

We don't see the Saints getting anything here though, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend looking to swing the creative balance in favour of the hosts.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Southampton


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  14 - 11
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 49% - 51%

One booking apiece at Selhurst Park. Aaron Wan-Bissaka making his way into referee Martin Atkinson's notebook for Palace and Jannik Vestergaard doing likewise for the Saints.

Not everything went exactly as expected in the Premier League on Saturday, but this may well have been the biggest shock, as Palace - who have been playing well this season - slumped to an unexpected defeat at home to Southampton.

It may have been goalless at the break but the opening 45 minutes certainly weren't dull with both sides racking up plenty of efforts on goal.

It was Southampton who took the lead in the 47th minute. Palace looking half asleep in defence following the half time break. A long ball forward should never have been allowed to drift past two Palace defenders and into the path of Danny Ings in the area, but the frontman isn't one to pass up such an opportunity and calmly finished past Wayne Hennessey.

Palace simply don't look anything like the same kind of attacking force without Wilfried Zaha in their side, and whilst they were never really outplayed by Southampton, nor did they ever establish any kind of dominance in this game.

Any faint hopes the home side had were finally ended in the 92nd minute. Hitting Palace on the break, Matt Targett teed up Pierre-Emile Hojberg to finish with his left down the centre of the goal.

A first win of the season for Southampton, and the early signs would certainly suggest they are a significantly better side than last season.

Despite looking pretty good at times, Palace have now lost three of their opening four fixtures and still need to improve in terms of consistency.

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