Southampton v Crystal Palace Predictions and Betting Tips
April 03, 2017
Wednesday 5 April – St.Mary’s Stadium – Premier League
Crystal Palace travel to Southampton on Wednesday night on the back of a shock win at Chelsea, with Sam Allardyce’s Eagles desperate for points.
There is little to pick between the two sides in their past meetings, with three wins apiece in the last six domestic match ups. Palace do have a slight advantage in that they beat the Saints 3-0 at Selhurst Park in December 2016.
Southampton are likely to be without Manolo Gabbiadini, who has made such an impact such arriving in January, who is struggling with a groin injury. Their striking options are further depleted by the continued absence of Charlie Austin, meaning a probable start for Shane Long.
Captain Virgil van Dijk and ex Palace keeper Alex McCarthy remain sidelined until next season with injuries.
Allardyce has a huge injury list to contend with ahead of this one, Frazier Campbell, Mathieu Flamini and Loic Remy should all be fit to return from muscle injuries. However they will definitely be without James McArthur and Patrick van Aanholt, with back and ankle injuries respectively.
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is nearing a first team return, but is unlikely to be fit for this one, and Connor Wickham and Papa Soure remain out with long term injuries.
Southampton v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Palace will travel to the south coast boosted their shock win over the league leaders, a result that could provide a springboard for their Premier League safety. Their win at Stamford Bridge was their four successive victory, and their form far outstrips that of Southampton.
Claude Puel’s Saints have won just once in their last four games in all competitions, and Allardyce’s could profit from that a grab a win, which is priced at 4/1.
However given the closeness in the table between the two sides, and Southampton looking to get back on track in front of their home fans, a draw also looks a good option, priced at 14/5.
A 1-1 draw priced at 13/2
This will be a cagey affair, and despite Palace’s recent good form, Southampton will be very eager to finish the season strongly following their defeat in the EFL cup final.
Both teams to score at 19/20
Unlikely to be a classic thriller on Wednesday night, both sides should get on the score sheet, but do not expect a goal fest at St. Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday night.