Crystal Palace prop up the Premier League table after a disastrous start to the 2017-18 campaign. The Eagles sacked Frank de Boer on Monday after 4 defeats in 4 matches and their failure to score in any of their 4 matches could have been a decisive factor in the board’s decision to get rid of the Dutchman. Southampton head up to Selhurst Park fresh off the back of a chastening home defeat to Watford and Mauricio Pellegrino has plenty of work to do at St Mary’s.
English Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Selhurst Park
Saturday 16th September
Kick-off: 12.30 GMT
- Crystal Palace- Best Odds – 2/1 (Ladbrokes)
- Southampton – Best Odds – 8/5 (Bet 365)
- Draw – Best Odds – 23/10 (Betfair)
Roy Hodgson has been tasked with resurrecting Palace’s season and that does not look like an easy task. The 70 year old has not had a managerial role in football since his England debacle at Euro 2016 and he will need to hit the ground running here.
As mentioned, Palace have failed to score as yet in the Premier League this term and they will be looking to Christian Benteke to lead the line here against the Saints. Hodgson has a wealth of talent at his disposal in the Palace ranks and he’ll be looking to the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend to spur his team on to their first league points this term.
The Saints sit in 13th place in the Premier League table, having collected 5 points from their first 4 games. Goals are seeming to be the problem for Pellegrino’s charges who’ve only scored 3 times in all competitions this term – all of which came in one game (3-2 win over West Ham United).
The summer transfer window was dominated by speculation over the future of want-away defender Virgil Van Djik – who ultimately remained at St Mary’s despite repeated interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Dutchman is expected to play some part in this one and it will be interesting to see what reaction he is given from the travelling fans,
Head to Head
This will be the 105th meeting between these 2 sides with Southampton edging the head to head 44:38 with 22 draws shared between the pair.
The two sides met 3 times last season with Southampton winning their 2 home games (2-0 and 3-1). Palace also picked up three points in their home game – a 3-0 triumph in December 2016.
Odds and Predictions
Crystal Palace haven’t scored yet in the league this season and need a goal urgently.
Bournemouth to score first looks good value at 5/4.
Similarly, Southampton have yet to score away from home this season and need goals fast.
Both teams to score – YES – 5/6 with Sky Bet.
Christian Benteke didn’t deliver for Frank de Boer but will feel he has a point to prove here.
Christian Benteke to score anytime is a generous 7/4 with Paddy Power.
New managers are notorious for giving their teams a boost when they first arrive at the club.
Crystal Palace to win the match is 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Southampton – 11/1
Top Betting Tip
With the TV cameras watching, Palace are sure to be feeling the pressure but need the points to avoid being dragged in to a relegation dog fight.
Crystal Palace to win and both teams to score looks great value at 11/2 with Bet Victor Review.