Saturday afternoon kickoffs are finally back. Premier League returns this Saturday with its thrills and spins. Crystal Palace faces off against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Below is Crystal Palace vs Southampton Preview:
Before the unfortunate Pandemic and the break that followed, Palace were just 4 adrift of a coveted Europa League spot. But from a promising position, the campaign turned to an absolute disaster. After Resumption, Palace won just one game while losing 7 on a trot and then ending the campaign with a stalemate against Spurs. In Hindsight, they achieved their sole purpose every season that is “Survival” but when will Palace try to secure a step ahead from where they are.
The transfer window seems to be showing Palace ambition for what lies ahead. With 31 goals forced in 38 opportunities, goals arrive at a rarity for Palace. They need to quickly solve this problem so as to stay away from the relegation zone and it looks like they are doing the exact same. With already having acquired Highly rated young player Eberechi Eze, they seem to be closing in on a loan deal for Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.
A 9-0 loss that was thought to break the club from within yet it turned the club upside down but in a positive way. Humiliation at the hands of Leicester gave the side a reality check they needed in order to exercise their full potential. Since then, they have acquired 13 wins from the next 28 that pushed them to 11th in the table.
Losing Hojberg would come as a major blow for their aspirations ahead but the signing of Salisu and Kyle Walker-Peters on a permanent basis will soften the blow. Salisu will prove to be a great addition at the back.
Southampton was one of the best away side in the League last season acquiring 60% of their point tally away from home comforts. Their aim would be to maintain that form for the upcoming season along with improving dismal home form.
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Along with the results, the last 2-3 months of the previous season have caused Palace with a load of injuries to worry about ahead of the new season. They will miss the services of Cahill, Sakho, Benteke, and Aanholt for the beginning of the season. Both Eze and Milivojevic might undergo a late fitness test and their presence might come as a boost for the injury-riddled side that Roy Hodgson has to handle.
Southampton on the other hand has a fully fit side to choose from except injured Stuart Armstrong. Hassenhutl will want his team to carry the form they ended last season with and their side combination shall remain the same.
Head to Head:
Wins for Palace: 39
Wins for Southampton: 47
- Southampton has been on the victorious side in the past three matches these sides faced off at Selhurst Park.
- Since Promotion, Both sides have had an abysmal record on the opening day of the season. Palace has only 2 wins to show in their 7 opening matches since promotion while being on the losing side for 4 times. Southampton on the other hand have had 8 opening day matches since promotion and has been on the victorious side just once while losing on three occasions.
- Southampton has taken 4 clean sheets at Selhurst Park since Palace achieved promotion to the top flight. On 7 occasions, Southampton has won 5 of them while losing on 2 occasions at a total aggregate of 9-5.
Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Southampton
With these sides rarely producing goal-thrill matches, that situation might change this time around. Palace is bereft of their regular defense and might not be structured as they always tend to be. Southampton on the other hand come into the season with momentum from the last term. Danny Ings, Che Adams, and Redmond shall cause major problems for the makeshift Palace defense. Zaha, Townsend, and Ebe shall provide Palace the attacking edge they missed the previous term but the defense shall fail them this time around. I expect Southampton to find a rare opening day win and continue their great run at Selhurst Park.
This was our Crystal Palace vs Southampton Preview.
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