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Saints suffer defeat on opening day

premier-league Selhurst Park | Sat 12 Sep 3PM | Attendance: 0
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Palace vs Saints
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Palace vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Full-Time: Palace 1-0 Saints
  • Zaha second half strike ruled out by VAR 
  • Walker-Peters red card rescinded by VAR 
  • Wilfried Zaha gives Palace an early lead

Match Report

You can read back all the action from our opening day defeat HERE

Full-Time: Palace 1-0 Saints

It's all over and Saints should have really taken a point from Selhurst Park this afternoon. The three or four chances created just after half-time couldn't be converted and therefore it's a losing start to the 2020/21 season.


Zaha scored after just 13 minutes with one of Palaces few chances in the game and that was the difference between the two sides.

+5’

WHAT A CHANCE!

Walker-Peters gets a cross in and Ings is on the end of it with his head but it is saved again!

+5’

Should be 2-0...

Zaha runs past Stephens, is through on goal but his shot hits the side netting.

Six minutes added on...

The game has petered out in the last few minutes but just one chance is needed... 

86’

Free kick in shooting range

James Ward-Prowse stands over the ball but his effort is over. Not long to go here at Selhurst Park.

86’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Ché Adams

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84’

VAR Decision: Goal not awarded for Crystal Palace [Wilfried Zaha] was cancelled

Zaha gets through on goal with no-one near him and finishes easily. However, when the striker made the initial run, the top half of his body was offside after Jon Moss checks with VAR. 

80’

Crystal Palace substitution: Eberechi Eze replaces Jeffrey Schlupp

It's a Premier League debut for the former QPR man.

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77’

Southampton substitution: Moussa Djenepo replaces Will Smallbone

Will we see some Moussa Magic!? 

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15 minutes to go

Saints are still battling, trying to pass the ball at pace, trying to break the Palace defence down but it is just proving difficult since that early flurry of chances at the start of the second-half. 

74’

Crystal Palace substitution: Luka Milivojevic replaces James McCarthy

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74’

Ward-Prowse shoots!

And it just goes over. Hard angle to shoot from but the Captain took it on.

73’

Free-kick...

Danny Ings is tackled on the corner of the area. Ward-Prowse and Bertrand stand over it but it's an awkward angle.

68’

Adams goes down

Che Adams has the ball in the area and goes down but Jon Moss isn't interested. Ings collects the loose ball but runs out of room as it goes out for a goal kick. 

Ralph watches on

The manager will be happier with this second-half performance but no goals to show for it with 30 minutes left.

59’

Yellow Card for James McCarthy (Crystal Palace)

📸 Adams chance

Here is that chance for Che Adams. Saints should be level here and are by far the better team.

BIG CHANCE!

Adams has a chance and fires hard but too closely to Guaita in the Palace goal. The keeper is able to push it away. Saints clearly on top in this second half and will feel they should be level. 

Walker-Peters red card rescinded 

Kyle Walker-Peters is given a red card for a high foot on fellow full-back Mitchell but it is then overturned by Jon Moss to a yellow card after consulting the monitor.

52’

Yellow Card for Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

AND IT'S BEEN CHANGED! Jon Moss watches the monitor and changes his mind. Walker-Peters is awarded a yellow card instead. 

50’

Red Card for Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

Walker-Peters goes in to challenge Mitchell but is late and catches the defender on the foot in mid-air. We go though to VAR.

48’

AND ANOTHER...

Walker-Peters gets in behind the Palace defence and crosses low but Adams can't get onto the end of it. Two chances in as many minutes. 

47’

CHANCE!

It's Ings to Adams to Redmond who shoots straight at the Palace keeper. A great start to the half and much more like the Saints we saw at the end of last season.

46’

Southampton substitution: Jannik Vestergaard replaces Jan Bednarek

Ralph Hasenhuttl changes things in defence.

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Second-half underway!

Will we see a different Saints approach in the next 45 minutes? Here we go!

Half-Time: Palace 1-0 Saints

It's been a tough first-half for Saints who haven't been able to provide the chances for Danny Ings and Che Adams with Palace holding firm.


Wilfried Zaha gave Palace the lead with a good finish after 13 minutes but otherwise the chances have been few and far between.

+1’

Corner to Saints...

Smallbone gets a cross in but it's headed behind by Scott Dann. The corner is then cleared by Dann again. It's just not falling for Saints in this first-half.

42’

Yellow Card for Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)

39’

Stephens with the block...

Wilfried Zaha finds space on the wing and goes to take on the centre-back but the Saints man doesn't let him pass and it rolls out for a goal-kick. 

15 minutes to half-time

Ryan Bertrand encourages his team to keep going here at Selhurst Park...

32’

Ings gets a header away...

Danny Ings gets on the end of a cross but easily saved by Guaita in the Palace goal then McCarthy rushes out of his goal to clear a Palace attack...

26’

Dann denied by McCarthy

Palace captain Scott Dann heads goalwards from a corner, but Alex McCarthy gets down to his left to push it away well. It wouldn't have counted anyway, though, as Jordan Ayew is flagged for offside having been just in front of McCarthy, but a good stop from the Saints keeper nonetheless.

23’

"Quicker, quicker"

Ralph Hasenhüttl is firing out instructions from his technical area, as he looks to help direct his team back into the game.

Saints looking to bounce back

Not a lot has happened here since that Zaha opener, but Saints will be keen to respond before half-time if they can.

Zaha fires Palace ahead

Palace win the ball in midfield, Andros Townsend races away down the right and clips a cross to Wilfried Zaha, who side-foots home at the back post. Tough on Saints, who had been in control up to that point.

12’

GOAL

Wilfried Zaha (12’) | 1 0

11’

Stephens able to continue

The centre-back returns to the pitch and is into the action again.

Stephens down injured

There's a stoppage in play as Jack Stephens goes down with an injury. The defender was holding his right leg after clashing knees with Wilfried Zaha, with medical staff now giving him some treatment.

Debut outing for our third kit

It's a first look at our brand new third kit in action today!

5’

Stephens goes close early on!

We're under way here, and Southampton have the first chance, as Jack Stephens meets James Ward-Prowse's corner with a header, but, while it's well-placed, he can't generate enough power to beat Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

Warm-ups underway! 🏃‍♂️

The players are currently warming up at Selhurst Park with only 20 minutes to kick off! How we feeling Saints fans!?

14.40

Today's Venue...

The players will soon be out for their warm-ups at Selhurst Park with kick-off just over 30 minutes away...

14.24

PALACE STARTING ELEVEN

Starting XI: Vicente Guaita, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Tyrick Mitchell.


Subs: Wayne Hennessey, Luka Milivojevic, Max Meyer, Michy Batshuayi, Eberechi Eze, Martin Kelly, Sam Woods.

14.11

Bednarek and Smallbone start...

Saints have made two changes from the side that finished the 2019/20 season against Sheffield United. Jan Bednarek and Will Smallbone replace Jannik Vestergaard and the injured Stuart Armstrong.

14.08

😇 STARTING ELEVEN 😇

Starting XI: Alex McCarthy, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Will Smallbone, Danny Ings, Che Adams.


Subs: Fraser Forster, Jannik Vestergaard, Shane Long, Moussa Djenepo, Michael Obafemi, Nathan Tella, Jake Vokins.

14.00

TEAM NEWS AT 2PM

Join us at 2pm to find out who makes the first starting eleven of the 2020/21 season! Not long to wait...

13.19

📸 GAME FACES READY...

Take a look at some of the images from training as the players prepare for the first game of the new Premier League season...

13.08

other teams will have points to prove but we go into games confident. 

Kyle walker-peters
13.05

🎥 KYLE WALKER-PETERS

Hear from one of our summer signings ahead of the new Premier League season! The right-back shares on now being a permanent saint, pre-season and our opponents today!

12.47

MATCH PACK

Get all the pre-match information from both camps from our Match Pack in association with etoro!


You can read it HERE.

12.32

LAST MEETING...

Saints have happy memories of Selhurst Park where a 2-0 win last season continued that great run that saw us claim 20 points from December & January.


Strikes from Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong gave us the win that day, who can find the net today!?

12.17

ARMSTRONG MISSES OUT 😢

The Scotland midfielder will miss today's game due to sustaining an injury whilst on international duty. 


You can read more HERE.

11.31

WE MUST STEP UP AND FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING OR WE HAVE NO CHANCE.

Ralph hasenhuttl
MANAGER
11.28

🎥 The Boss...

Hear from manager Ralph Hasenhuttl ahead of today's fixture...

11.26

THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK! 😁

Welcome to the 2020/21 season! It's only been 49 days since the last season finished but we're all ready for more!


Saints travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace! Can we keep the away momentum from last season? Find out from 3pm!

11.25

Palace vs Saints Line Ups

Crystal Palace

31
Vicente Guaita (GK)
2
Joel Ward
6
Scott Dann (C)
8
Cheikhou Kouyaté
27
Tyrick Mitchell
22
James McCarthy yellow card
replace Luka Milivojevic (74′)
10
Andros Townsend
18
James McArthur
15
Jeffrey Schlupp yellow card
replace Eberechi Eze (81′)
9
Jordan Ayew
11
Wilfried Zaha goal
25
Eberechi Eze
34
Martin Kelly
35
Sam Woods
7
Max Meyer
23
Michy Batshuayi
13
Wayne Hennessey
4
Luka Milivojevic

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Ryan Bertrand
5
Jack Stephens
35
Jan Bednarek
replace Jannik Vestergaard (45′)
2
Kyle Walker-Peters yellow card
20
William Smallbone
replace Moussa Djenepo (77′)
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
6
Oriol Romeu
11
Nathan Redmond
10
Che Adams
replace Shane Long (85′)
9
Danny Ings
29
Jake Vokins
44
Fraser Forster
23
Nathan Tella
12
Moussa Djenepo
14
Michael Obafemi
7
Shane Long
4
Jannik Vestergaard

Palace vs Saints Match Stats

Crystal Palace

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    29
    comparison angle
    71
  • Shots
    5
    comparison angle
    9
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    5
  • Corners
    7
    comparison angle
    3
  • Passes Complete
    122
    comparison angle
    458

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
chances created
Chances Created
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
passes completed
Passes Completed
68
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
tackles
Tackles
6
Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters
clearances
Clearances
5
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
saves
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy