Ronald Koeman’s ever improving Southampton team entertain a Crystal Palace side who appear to be on the up since former Crystal Palace player Alan Pardew took over from Neil Warnock this month.
The Eagles are currently on a three match winning streak since Pardew took over the reins, whilst the Saints go into the tie undefeated in six matches.
Crystal Palace have often struggled for goals this season- and with star man Yank Bolasie away on international duty with the Congo- goals may be hard to come by against a Southampton team who hold the best defensive record in the Premier League.
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Premier League, 26 December 2014, Crystal Palace 1(Dann) Southampton 3 (Mane, Bertrand, Aldereiweld)
Premier League, 8 March 2014, Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1 (Rodriguez)
Premier League, 28 September 2013, Southampton 2 (Osvaldo, Lambert) Crystal Palace 0
Southampton have won their last five meetings against Crystal Palace
The Eagles on the other hand have managed just 4 victories against Southampton in their past 20 encounters
The South London outfit have also lost half of all their matches against Southampton, losing 19 out of a possible 38 (Soccerpunter.com)
Southampton boasts only 2 home defeats to Crystal Palace in their previous 19 home encounters.
Crystal Palace 11/2
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