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    Crystal Palace v Southampton. Match Preview

    Southampton have been in a dire run of form as Ronald Koeman’s men have not won a game in all competitions since their 2-0 win over South Coast rivals Bournemouth.

    Last weekend, Oriol Romeu saved Saints’ blushes as the Spaniards’ first goal for the club, cancelled out Joleon Lescott’s opener.

    Crystal Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park full of confidence as they drew 1-1 with an in form Everton side. Prior to that, the Eagles’ thrashed Newcastle United 5-1.

    Ronald Koeman told BBC Sport that he is aware that his side need to stick to their game plan: “They are a strong team, they have a lot of physicality, and some good quality players.

    "They like to play offensively, with a big spirit in the team. We have to stop that, and play our own game, and to use our strengths will be very important, and very decisive.”

    Alan Pardew, who previously managed Southampton between 2009 and 2010, believes Crystal Palace need to emulate: “Southampton are still a very good side – well managed, good organisation and a team that we aspire to.


    “2015 has been a fantastic year for us. If we can match this year I’ll be happy. If we do, I think we could end up in the top six,” he said in a press conference.

    Team News

    Crystal Palace talisman Mile Jedinak is out with an ankle injury. Dwight Gayle broke down in training on Monday.

    Bakary Sako misses the game with a hamstring problem but Marouane Chamakh could play a part.
    Victor Wanyama has recovered from an ankle knock he suffered last weekend and should be available for selection.

    Jay Rodriguez, Florin Gardos, and Fraser Forster all remain long-term injury concerns for Southampton.

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    Crystal Palace have never beaten Southampton in 12 previous Premier League meetings.
    Southampton have won each of the last seven matches, either in the Premiership or the Championship.

    The Saints need just one goal to reach 100 goals scored against Palace.

    Crystal Palace

    The Eagles’ have lost four matches at home this season, only Aston Villa with five have lost more.

    Palace have scored a league high 45% of goals from set pieces.

    Jason Puncheon has had 28 shots on goal with scoring, the most in the Premier League.

    Southampton

    The Saints are without a win in three Premier League matches.

    Southampton have not beaten a team currently in the top half of the table.

    Sadio Mane has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.







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