Preview - Crystal Palace vs Southampton 22 January 20

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Match Day 24
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton
Wednesday, January 22nd 2020
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: W D D D D
Average goals per match: 0.96
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (6)

Last five matches form: W D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.26
Average goals against per match: 1.83
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (14)

It's ninth versus 13th on Match Day 24 in the Premier League as Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at St. Mary's ending in a 1-1 draw. Southampton picked up all three points courtesy of a 2-0 success in the game here last season.

Mamadhou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt, Max Meyer, Jeffrey Schlüpp and Andros Townsend are all out injured for the home side whilst Luka Milivojević is suspended. Yan Valery and Jan Bednarek are expected to miss out for the Saints.

Palace head into this unbeaten in five, but they have now drawn four on the bounce, taking their total of draws in their last eight games to six. In fairness though, their latest draw was a good one, coming as it did, away to Manchester City. The main hallmark of their home games to date is how tight they have been, with nine of eleven featuring two or fewer goals.

2-0 up at home to Wolves last time out, Southampton seemed all set to extend their unbeaten run to six games. A second half collapse put an end to that though and leaves them looking to bounce back here. They are on a decent run on the road though, having won each of their last three at Aston Villa, Chelsea and Leicester City.

That was undoubtedly a blip for Southampton against Wolves, but they had been playing some really good stuff prior to that. We wouldn't be too surprised to see them pick up another away win, but overall we fancy that Palace will keep things tight enough to earn a draw….again.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Southampton


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 6 - 15
Shots on target: 0 - 6
Corner Kicks: 0 - 8
Possession: 44% - 56%

James Tomkins was the only player booked for the home side in this one, with referee Andre Mariner also taking the names of Oriol Romeu and Nathan Redmond of Southampton.

A pretty outstanding away performance from Southampton this, and the latest underlining of just how much this side has improved. It could easily have gone the other way on the back of that 9-0 loss to Leicester earlier in the campaign, and real credit must go to the coaching staff and players alike for turning this around.

Cenk Tosun had a golden opportunity to hand Palace the lead early when the hosts pounced on an error in the Southampton defence. Tosun through on goal with the keeper to beat but blazing his effort horribly high into the stand.

It was instead Southampton who took the lead in the 22nd minute, and a great goal it was too. A lofted ball forward being well controlled by Nathan Redmond around 25-yards out and central. Redmond beating two men as he drifted to the right before rocketing an effort into the top left corner from the edge of the area. 0-1 at the interval.

It took the away side just three second half minutes to double their advantage. Stuart Armstrong found in space 25-yards out and having time to tee himself up and send a swerving strike into the left-hand side. Another excellent strike. And that was good enough for the Saints. 0-2 final score.

Excellent comeback win from the Saints on the back of that second half collapse at home to Wolves. They remain one of the form sides in the division in the second half of the season so far, with this win moving them up to ninth. A bit of a no-show from Palace this who slip to eleventh.

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