Southampton vs Crystal Palace
English Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Southampton and Crystal Palace are level on points coming into their mid-week tie in the 24th Premier League round at St. Mary’s Stadium. Both teams will enter the match high on confidence following their recent successes.
The Saints escaped the red zone thanks to a pair of 2-1 wins over Leicester City and Everton. They took seven points from last three league games, way more than expected given the streak began with a surprising goalless draw to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Scoring goals was never such a big issue for the Saints, but the new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl managed to fix team’s defensive holes. Southampton now look well organized at the back and they hardly ship goals. They only allowed two in past three Premier League affairs meaning the Glaziers could struggle in their build-up play on Wednesday at St. Mary’s.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head
The Saints can also rely on the head to head trend as they lead the tie by seven wins coming into 52nd encounter with Crystal Palace.
Southampton were particularly dominant in matches on the home patch where they won 16, drew 5 and lost only 5 of 26 against the Glaziers.
Both teams were on the scoreline in just two of past six head to head outings.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
Crystal Palace had a roller-coaster campaign full of ups and down so far in the season. There is an impression they can beat any opponent on their day, but they just lack consistency to avoid the relegation scrap.
Roy Hodgson’s troops are still just three points adrift of the danger area even though they defeated the likes of Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent away fixtures.
The Glaziers lost two in a row in the Premier League (1-2 to Watford at home and 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield). They, however, rebounded with a fine 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Based on everything written above, the draw looks to be the most likable of outcomes and we will go for it as the main betting option at the odds of 3.40.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5)
Correct Score 1-1 @ 6.50 (11/2).