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Crystal Palace vs Southampton
September 12, 3pm BST
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Craig Rawson
Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
A new season means a new set of kits, with Southampton wearing their new white with red trim third kit for the trip to the capital.
HOW TO WATCH
All three of Saints’ Premier League fixtures in September will be broadcast live in the UK, with the opening day trip to Palace shown live on BT Sport.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Whilst nothing is won or lost in the context of the season on the opening day, there is the opportunity to get an early three points on the board and build some early momentum.
Losing just one of their final nine matches of the 2019/20 campaign, Saints will be looking to carry on where they left off, buoyed by the fact they’ve won their last three trips to Selhurst Park.
Both sides took until matchday three to register their first victories last season and will be determined to start the new campaign in more convincing style.
Returning from international duty with a quad injury, Ralph Hasenhüttl will be unable to call upon the services of Stuart Armstrong in the capital.
Also unlikely to feature is summer signing Mohammed Salisu who, after only recently joining the team for pre-season training, is still improving his fitness. Otherwise, the Saints boss has a full squad to choose from.
For Palace, new signing Eberechi Eze is a doubt despite returning to training following a groin injury, with Nathan Ferguson also facing a fitness test.
However, striker Michy Batshuayi could start after rejoining the club for a second loan spell from Chelsea on Thursday night.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “They are a team that aren’t easy to play against as they have an organised defence. We go there with the knowledge of the 2-0 win last season but it’s a different challenge now, so if we don’t turn up we have no chance.
“We have new shirts now but the rest should stay the same. Hopefully we can show up again and be a team that takes points on the road.”
Roy Hodgson: “Southampton were probably the form team at the end of last season and have had a good pre-season.
"They'll be just as excited about the start of the season as us, but that's what the Premier League is all about.”
ONES TO WATCH
Michy Batshuayi: Becoming a popular figure amongst the Palace fans from his first loan stint with the club in 2018/19, the Belgium international will be hoping to find similar form to that which saw him net six goals in 13 appearances.
With goals missing from the Eagles’ line-up last term, the 26-year-old will be the one tasked with finding the back of the net on a regular basis.
Danny Ings: Fresh from winning a first England cap in five years last week, Saints’ number nine will be looking to replicate the form found in 2019/20.
Ending the campaign with 22 Premier League goals, 12 of those came away from home and Ings will be looking to get off the mark early this time around.
2019/20 statistics inclusive of all competitions
Jordan Ayew 9
Wilfried Zaha 4
Patrick van Aanholt 3
Wilfried Zaha 3
James McArthur 3
Jordan Ayew 2
Danny Ings 25
Nathan Redmond 5
James Ward-Prowse 5
Nathan Redmond 6
James Ward-Prowse 5
Danny Ings 3
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
January 2020: Palace 0-2 Saints (Redmond, Armstrong)
December 2019: Saints 1-1 Palace (Ings)
Jan 2019: Saints 1-1 Palace (Ward-Prowse)
September 2018: Palace 0-2 Saints (Ings, Højbjerg)
January 2018: Saints 1-2 Palace (Long)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Crystal Palace have won just three of their 22 Premier League matches against Southampton (D6 L13), with this the first time they’ve met on the opening day.
- Southampton have won their last three away Premier League visits to Crystal Palace without conceding a single goal; Saints have never won four consecutive away top-flight matches against an opponent.
- Southampton striker Danny Ings scored 22 Premier League goals last season, the most by a Saints player since James Beattie in 2002-03 (23). Ings has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 away Premier League starts (12 goals, 2 assists).
- Crystal Palace have won fewer points than any other current Premier League side in 2020 (16 – W4 D4 L10), while Southampton have won 30 (W9 D3 L6), the sixth-best tally this calendar year.
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