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Southampton vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Southampton vs Crystal Palace match preview

Will free-scoring Crystal Palace’s winning streak continue?

A fortnight ago, in Roy Hodgson’s return, the Eagles came from a goal down to beat Leicester at Selhurst, thanks to Jean-Philippe Mateta’s stoppage time swivel and finish.

Then, last Sunday, Palace found themselves 1-0 down again, this time at Elland Road against Leeds.

Marc Guéhi bundled home a first half stoppage time equaliser, before they ran riot after the interval, with Jordan Ayew scoring twice, while Eberechi Eze and Odsonne Édouard were also on target.

This is just the second time Palace have scored 5+ in a top-flight away game, the other in December 2020 at West Brom.

So, those back-to-back wins have maintained the Eagles’ position in 12th, now six points clear of the drop zone.

Last Saturday, the Saints were demolished 4-1 by Manchester City, Sékou Mara’s goal a mere footnote.

This means Rubén Sellés’ team are now winless in five, yielding just two points from these matches.

As a result, Southampton remain bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety.

Given that they still have to play four of the top eight, this fixture feels must win.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in three visits to St Mary’s, seeking to win back-to-back trips to Hampshire for the first time since 1965.

Will there be a winner in this relegation six-pointer?

Southampton team news

With Ché Adams out injured, last weekend’s goal-scorer Sékou Mara could return to lead the line.

At the back, Armel Bella-Kotchap is fit again, so will partner Jan Bednarek, with Duje Ćaleta-Car, missing out.

James Ward-Prowse scored a trademark free-kick when Southampton beat Palace in the FA Cup in January, so can he inspire his team to an even more crucial win here?

Predicted XI (4-2-2-2): Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap Bednarek, Perraud; Lavia, Alcaraz, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Walcott, Mara.

Crystal Palace team news

After a scintillating second half display at Elland Road, there’s little reason for Roy Hodgson to change things.

Their five-goal haul was made all the more impressive by the fact Wilfried Zaha is out injured.

His deputy Jordan Ayew scored a first brace since April 2015 last Sunday; he was playing for Lorient back then.

Sam Johnstone’s first half contribution should not be forgotten, making six saves to keep it at 1-0.

He’s likely to keep his place in goal with Vicente Guaita a doubt.

Cheick Doucouré will miss Palace’s next two fixtures, Everton (H) and Wolves (A), if booked here.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Doucouré, Eze, Schlupp; Olise, Ayew, Édouard.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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