Southampton vs Crystal Palace – Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips
Southampton and Crystal Palace are “neighbours” in the Premier League rankings, so their meeting on Wednesday, on St Mary’s Stadium, has a special meaning for both teams. Avoiding relegation is the supreme objective as clubs get a lot of money by playing in the top division. Both So’ton and Palace wish to stay in the league next season and with Cardiff being just three points behind, you can actually feel anxiety hitting these two clubs. Fortunately for them, Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield seem too weak to do something about it. But that doesn’t mean Southampton and Crystal Palace want to depend on the results of other teams. On the reverse, the Saints won 2-0, yet the last time Crystal Palace visited Southampton, the Eagles left with all three points, in a 2-1 victory.
3 Reasons why Southampton can succeed over Crystal Palace
3 Reasons why Crystal Palace can succeed over Southampton
- Southampton has two wins in a row
- Crystal Palace has conceded 21 goals on the road
- Southampton has lost just two of the last seven home matches
- Southampton has scored just 13 goals at home
- Palace has bagged 17 goals on the road
- Crystal Palace has won two of the last three away games
Southampton – The Saints are moving up the ladder
Southampton is 15th in the Premier League rankings, with 22 points in 23 games, 25-40 aggregate. That’s after two wins in a row, both with 2-1. The first victim was Leicester, on the road, and then came Everton’s turn, on St Mary’s Stadium. For a team that previously won just three games, this mini-series of positive events is like a blessing.
Against Everton, Ward-Prowse opened the score and Digne’s own-goal doubled Southampton advantage. Siggurdson scored the visitors’ only goal in the first minute of stoppage time.
Lemina, Targett and Austin have had some injuries and are doubtful ahead of the Palace fixture.
The Saints have scored in their last seven home games in all competitions.
- Goalkeeper: McCarthy
- Backfield: Yann Valery, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Matt Targett
- Midfield: Mohamed Elyounoussi, Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina, Stuart Armstrong
- Forwards: Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings
Crystal Palace – The Eagles can produce surprises
Crystal Palace is the team that shattered Manchester City on Etihad, 3-2, but then failed to win at home against Cardiff. It appears that the Eagles are more into the game when the opposition is, on paper, the better team. And it happened again, in the curse of a week, against Liverpool and Tottenham.
First, the Eagles gave Jurgen Klopp’s team a real scare in a 4-3 defeat on Anfield. Crystal Palace had nothing to show for after the game, but at least Zaha and the boys earned some confidence in their strengths and three days later, they eliminated Tottenham from the FA Cup. Wickham and Townsend scored in a 2-0 victory.
Crystal Palace line-up
- Goalkeeper: Julian Speroni
- Backfield: Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
- Midfield: Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Max Meyer
- Forwards: Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha
Why Crystal Palace won’t lose this game – Odds and prediction
The Eagles have the same number of points as Southampton does, with these two teams being separated by aggregate. But it’s the matchup that we follow. Both clubs have played quite well recently (Southampton has more points to brag with, but that’s another story), yet when they face each other, the visitors should have a slight advantage. Crystal Palace can play on the counterattack, having footballers like Zaha and Towsend ready to sprint down the line every time Southampton’s defenders are caught too far forward. You can play Crystal Palace or draw with 11/20 odds at Bethard.