Southampton vs Crystal Palace
English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2019, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 Central European Time
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium.
After finding some form, Southampton and Crystal Palace are geared for an exciting battle at the St. Mary’s this Saturday, with an aim to move as far away from the relegation waters.
Palace are 6th on the log while compiling this article, three behind top six, while Saints sit at 14th with a 2 point lead over Villa at the border of danger zone.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Match Preview
It seems like Ralph Hasenhuttl has steadied the ship at St. Mary’s, yet the Saints come to Saturday’s clash sitting 2 points above the relegation waters.
Southampton are coming on the back of a morale boosting 2-0 away win against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge, which put them on a two-match winning run.
Still, the Saints are placed at the bottom of the table in terms of home record this season, with a low turnout of 7 points from 9 matches so far (2W, 1D, 6L).
Crystal Palace have been largely inconsistent this season, despite playing some beautiful football at times. This is largely because of lack of efficiency in the final third and Wilfred Zaha’s lack of form in front of goal.
Roy Hodgson’s men put an end to their three-match win-less run on boxing day with a 2-1 win against West Ham.
It is worth to note that the Seagulls were beaten in just 1 of their last 6 Premier League games, make them a strong opponent to come across even on the road at this point of time.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Head-to-head Stats (h2h)
Not extraordinary, yet, the Saints enjoyed a solid success in h2h meeting against Palace in recent seasons. They won 6 of the last 10 h2h Premier League fixtures, drew 1 and lost 3.
The corresponding fixture of last season was a 1-1 draw, which is also the first stalemate between the teams across all competitions since 2008.
At home, Southampton will be looking to get back to winning ways after the latest stalemate and 1-2 loss in 2018.
Their last four h2h matches at the Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium saw both teams scoring.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Prediction
Traditionally, this is a game that produce goals and we do not have to look elsewhere than both teams to score bet with both teams coming on some brilliant scoring and overall form. Also, 7 of Southampton’s 9 home games this season saw both teams scoring as well as a minimum three goals.
Place have struggled for goals on the road this season, but they enjoy decent spells at the St. Mary’s stadium and netted at least once in 5 of their last 6 visits here. Thus, btts is the top bet to back here.
The full-time result is a hard one to predict here, since Palace could surprise you on their day, while the Saints own a solid record in the two matchdays after Christmas.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 9/10 (1.90) odd.
Total Match Goals: Over 2.5 goals @ 6/5 (2.20).