PREVIEW: Southampton vs Crystal Palace

By SFC Media time Tue 03 Mar Club provides the lowdown ahead of Southampton's game against Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League at St Mary's on Tuesday. (Kick-off 7.45pm GMT).

Southampton will be looking to end a disappointing run of league form with a win against Crystal Palace at St Mary’s on Tuesday night.

After defeats to Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, Saints have dropped to sixth in the Premier League ahead of the game against Alan Pardew’s side.

Ronald Koeman’s men have scored just one goal in their last five games, but have scored five goals in two games against Palace so far this season.

The Eagles head to St Mary’s on the back of an excellent three points against West Ham United away from home on Saturday afternoon. Two goals from Glenn Murray and one from Scott Dann sealed the win.

Palace have enjoyed an excellent spell since Pardew arrived, and now sit 12th in the table following the three points against the Hammers at the weekend.

Toby Alderweireld is back fit and available and could be named in the Southampton squad, while Ronald Koeman says he has no fresh injury concerns following the game at the Hawthorns against West Brom.

For Palace, Glenn Murray will be missing after his red card on Saturday. Marouane Chamakh and Yaya Sanogo will not be involved against Saints, while Jordan Mutch will also miss out.

Since Alan Pardew’s arrival, Palace have enjoyed a real upturn in fortunes, winning four Premier League games, including victories away at Burnley, Leicester City and West Ham.

After beating Saints in the FA Cup Fourth Round, Pardew’s side were knocked out in the following round, losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool.

At home, Palace have suffered defeats against Everton and Arsenal, while drawing with Newcastle United. Palace’s last away defeat came on 20th December, as they lost to Manchester City.

Glenn Murray has been in good form for Pardew’s side, scoring against Arsenal and twice against West Ham, but the striker will miss the trip to St Mary’s.

Palace currently sit 12th in the Premier League, eight points above the drop zone, and five points behind Pardew’s former club, Newcastle United.

Ronald Koeman: “We have to react. We have qualities that we can make sure we have a good reaction. That starts against Crystal Palace. We talk a lot but we have to show it.

“We need to prepare ourselves. It’s a difficult one. We know Crystal Palace are a very good, strong side. They’re a confident team. They have in the last four or five away games had some very good results, it’s a difficult one.”

Alan Pardew: “I think they will be highly motivated and us too also after our great result at West Ham. We have some resilience in the group. This team is a great set-play team.

“I think they are pretty strong at the moment, it’s about form and momentum and they are desperate to get it back and a win will do that. Any win will do against us, it builds confidence.”

Martin Atkinson will take charge of Tuesday night’s game between Saints and Crystal Palace at St Mary’s.

The 43-year-old official has taken charge of 32 games so far this season, handing out 121 yellow cards and five reds.

Atkinson has overseen two Southampton games so far this season. He took charge of the 1-0 win at the KC Stadium against Hull City and the 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich Town in the FA Cup.

Atkinson’s last game was the 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

If you aren’t able to make it to the game at St Mary's, then don’t forget to follow the club’s official channels on social media, with full updates on Twitter and goal updates on Facebook.

You can also listen to commentary by subscribing to Saints Player, while there will also be a live blog running on throughout the game.

Stay tuned to the official website and the club’s YouTube channel for reaction to the game.

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