Southampton v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 28, 2019
St Mary’s Stadium - Premier League
Southampton play host to Crystal Palace in this midweek Premier League fixture, as Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to continue his revival of the club’s fortunes. The Eagles meanwhile come into this game after an excellent FA Cup victory at the weekend.
The Saints beat Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park earlier this season, while both teams also won away from home last season. Before that, this fixture saw four successive home wins, with Southampton recording three of those.
The hosts have a number of injury doubts coming into this game. Charlie Austin faces a late fitness test, along with Kayne Ramsey and Matt Targett. Mario Lemina is expected to miss out through injury, while Michael Obafemi is definitely out. Maya Yoshida is also away at the Asian Cup.
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey continues to miss out for Palace, which means Julian Speroni should start again after setting a new club record for clean sheets with his shutout against Tottenham at the weekend. Vicente Guaita and Pape Souare are both also injured for the away team.
Southampton v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Southampton come into this game looking for their third successive Premier League victory. The Saints are unbeaten in three in the league, following their goalless draw against Chelsea prior to their back-to-back wins. Palace meanwhile are on a high, after knocking Spurs out of the cup courtesy of a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
Saints boss Hasenhuttl meanwhile had an extra few days to continue getting to know his players and prepare them for this game. The German has dragged Southampton out of the relegation zone and up into 15th place, level with Palace on 22 points. The two teams only have a three-point cushion to the drop zone, so this is a huge game for both clubs.
It’s tough to say whether the extra preparation will benefit Southampton more than the feel-good factor generated from Palace’s cup win over the Premier League’s third-placed side. If you think it will, the Saints are priced at 29/20 for the win. If not, Palace are available at 57/25.
Roy Hodgson’s side have lost their last two league games, but they put up a good fight in losing 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield in their most recent one. They beat Wolves 2-0 in the away game before that, showing they have the capacity to pull off impressive results. The teams look relatively well matched though, so the draw could be interesting here at 12/5.
Score draw at 18/5
Things have rarely been dull since Hasenhuttl arrived at St Mary’s, but Palace are on a high after a big cup win at the weekend
Danny Ings to score first at 4/1
The Saints forward has a full week and a half to recover and work on his fitness ahead of this game, which makes him a threat from the off.