Southampton vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Southampton vs Crystal Palace prediction: Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Both sides recorded important wins on Boxing Day and will be aiming to end 2019 on a high note.

Southampton are on a fine run of form but still maintain the worst home record in the division.

The Saints last won three consecutive Premier League matches in May 2016.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Who will win?

Southampton are 19/20 favourites to pick up their third home win of the season. Crystal Palace are 14/5 to win while the draw is priced at 13/5.

Five of Palace’s last six matches have featured fewer than three goals. Bet on under 2.5 goals at 4/5.

Danny Ings is in red-hot form and was handed a breather on Thursday. The striker has scored 12 goals in his last 14 appearances for the Saints. Ings is 10/3 to open the scoring and 21/20 to score anytime.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace Premier League match preview

The final round of Premier League matches in 2019 sees Southampton host Crystal Palace at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Crystal Palace recorded their first win in four matches, beating West Ham 2-1 in Boxing Day’s London derby at Selhurst Park.

After a goalless first half, Palace went behind when Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring for the visitors. Cheikhou Kouyate then equalised from close range but did not celebrate against his former club. Jordan Ayew scored the winner in second-half stoppage time with a remarkable solo effort, worthy of winning any football match.

The win leaves Palace in ninth position on 26 points. With Manchester United and Wolves only in action later in Gameweek 20, Palace could temporarily move to seventh with a win on Saturday. A draw should be enough for them to end the calendar year inside the top half of the table.

Southampton picked up all three points on Boxing Day with a surprise 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Teenager Michael Obafemi, in for the rested Danny Ings, opened the scoring in the first half with his first Premier League goal. Nathan Redmond doubled Southampton’s lead in the second half to seal the victory.

Thursday’s victory moves Southampton up to 14th in the table on 21 points. The Saints have now won four of their last six in the Premier League. Despite their solid form, they’re still only three points above the relegation zone. Victory on Saturday could give them a more comfortable lead over the bottom three.

With just two victories at St. Mary’s this season, no side has picked up fewer points at home (7) than Southampton. Only Watford (6) have scored fewer goals at home than Southampton’s 9. Palace have won three and drawn two of their nine matches on the road.

Palace have only won three of their 20 Premier League matches against Southampton. The Saints have won the fixture on 12 previous occasions. The sides played out a 1-1 draw in January’s reverse fixture at St. Mary’s. Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring for Palace in the first half but was sent off late in the second period. James Ward-Prowse scored Southampton’s equalising goal in the second half.

Southampton were 2-0 winners in season’s corresponding fixture at Selhurst Park, with Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the scoresheet.

Southampton team news vs Crystal Palace

Danny Ings will return to the starting eleven on Saturday after his well-deserved breather on Boxing Day.

Shane Long is a major doubt with a knee injury, meaning one of Michael Obafemi or Che Adams should start again. Having opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge, Obafemi seems the likelier of the two to partner Ings in attack.

With such a quick turnaround time between matches, Hassenhuttl may be forced to rotate his side a little. Sofiane Boufal and Orior Romeu only featured in the final ten minutes against Chelsea and should be fresh. It’s unlikely that there will be any changes to the back four after their clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Moussa Djenepo is carrying a muscle injury and should return in early January. Yan Valery is a long-term absentee.

Alex McCarthy will start in goal against his former club. McCarthy made 7 league appearances for Crystal Palace before signing for the Saints in 2016.

Crystal Palace team news vs Southampton

Roy Hodgson has reiterated that his squad is “remarkably limited” ahead of back-to-back away matches. The Eagles could be without as many as seven first-team players.

Patrick van Aanholt will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury against West Ham. Jairo Riedewald should start at left-back.

Christian Benteke has been ruled out for “some time” with a muscle strain, so Jordan Ayew will continue to lead the line.

Victor Camarasa was an unused substitute on Thursday following a bout of illness. Camarasa, as well as James McCarthy and Connor Wickham could all be handed minutes from the bench.

Scott Dann remains sidelined with a leg injury, while Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill and Joel Ward are targeting returns toward the end of January.

Southampton predicted line-up vs Crystal Palace

Predicted Southampton XI vs Crystal Palace

Predicted Southampton XI vs Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace predicted line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Southampton

Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Southampton

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