Southampton will host Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, hoping for a win to get a chance of securing a Europa League spot.
Ronald Keoman’s men will be battling against their Former Manager Alan Pardew’s side as they look to end their season with high expectation. Southampton have a good recent record as they are unbeaten in their last 5 premier league games with 4 wins and a draw which includes their 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. The Saints will be praying for Crystal Palace downfall in the FA Cup should they finish 7th in the league to earn them a spot in the Europa League.
Crystal Palace are in 14 position with 42 points, they are not close to the Europa league spot, but they have a chance of playing in the Europa League next season if they win against Manchester United next week in their FA Cup final. Palace have finally found some form as they have won 2 and drawn 2 of their last 6 league games.
Southampton: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Forster – Betrand, Dijk, Fonte, Martina – Romeu, Wanyama – Tadic, Davis, Mane – Long
Crystal Palace: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hennessey – Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare – Mutch, McAthur – Bolasie, Puncheon, Gayle – Wickham
Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Head to Head stats
Both teams have met 44 times which Southampton have won 19 times and lost 15 times.
Except for their last 2 games, the Saints have dominated the their last 10 meetings, they have won 6 and lost 4.
The Saints have only lost 4 games at home against Crystal Palace, they have won 13 and drawn 5.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
With Crystal Palace poor form away, failing to win in their last 10 away games and Southampton new found form at home winning their last 3 home games, the Saints are huge favourites in this game. They will fight so hard to win this game as there hope Europa League hangs on it.
I expect the home side to win in this game, my prediction is 2-1 in favour of Southampton.