Southampton v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Southampton v Crystal Palace

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

9/4 on the draw with Ladbrokes looks a realistic prospect, with a draw and under 2.5 goals with same company 16/5. Danny Ings has been in useful goalscoring form for Southampton, and can be backed at 4/1 to open the scoring.

In-form Southampton take on Crystal Palace St Mary’s Stadium, with both clubs looking to establish themselves into a secure mid-table position over the coming weeks rather than be dragged into a relegation battle.

Southampton edge their opponents on form

Southampton come into this fixture on the back of a three game unbeaten sequence in the Premier League, winning two of those games and holding Chelsea to a credible 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the other. This mini run has moved them three points outside the relegation places, joining their opponents on 22 points but with a slightly inferior goal difference.

The Eagles have not exactly been soaring of late, which will be a concern to manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to establish a more comfortable league position to balance off putting more resources into a FA Cup run. Their thrilling 2-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup has fans believing another trip to Wembley could be beckoning. But Hodgson is canny enough to prioritize his strongest starting XI for Premier League fixtures. Just four points in their last five league fixtures is good enough reason why they need to keep one eye on their league form and not get carried away with thoughts of cup glory just yet.

Southampton eye third win against Palace this season

The reverse fixture this season saw Southampton at Selhurst Park somewhat surprisingly triumph 2-0. Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg both got on the scoresheet in the second half as the Saints ran out relatively comfortable winners against their toothless hosts. It did however prove to be a false dawn, as they embarked on a twelve game sequence without a win in the league subsequent to that win, a run that eventually cost Mark Hughes his job. Southampton also got the better of Palace 2-0 in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season, giving Hodgson and his side plenty of food for thought as they try to avoid a hat-trick of defeats against the Saints.

Team news

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojević is expected to return to the starting lineup after being benched for the cup clash against Tottenham, whilst Christian Benteke will also be hoping for a recall. Bakary Sako has also re-joined the club from West Bromwich Albion as suddenly Palace, starved for a frontline striker for most of the season find themselves having plenty of options with the returning Connor Wickham also hoping to string a run of games together.

Southampton could see Ryan Bertrand back in the squad on Wednesday. Bertrand has been out since late November and could return, although is unlikely to be thrown straight back in the starting XI. Maya Yoshida will continues to be absent, with Japan reaching the semi-final stage of the Asian Cup. Otherwise influential midfielder Mario Lemina remains the only other notable absentee for the home team.

Draw may suit both teams

With the threat of relegation still looming for both teams, a tight cagey affair may be the order of the day, with neither team wanted to lose to a team directly around them. Palace will look to sit deep and play on the counter, whilst Southampton themselves are not prone to over committing, which points to a tactical battle that may end in a stalemate.

Punter's Pick

9/4 on the draw with Ladbrokes looks a realistic prospect, with a draw and under 2.5 goals with same company 16/5. Danny Ings has been in useful goalscoring form for Southampton, and can be backed at 4/1 to open the scoring.

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