Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men travel to the capital on Saturday as they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. This and more in today’s Match Pack, in association with eToro …
Crystal Palace vs Saints
Saturday 29th October, 3pm BST
Referee: Michael Salisbury.
Assistants: Nick Hopton, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Tim Robinson.
VAR: David Coote.
Assistant VAR: Richard West.
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saints will be wearing their blue away kit with white shorts and white socks.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Despite suffering a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Everton last time out, Palace go in search of a third successive win in south London on Saturday,
Currently sitting 13th in the Premier League standings, there is just one point separating Patrick Vieira’s side and 16th place Saints.
Saints will be looking to make it four games unbeaten in the Premier League when they travel to Selhurst Park, after picking up a hugely important point against league leaders Arsenal last time out.
Despite going behind after just 11 minutes at St Mary’s, Stuart Armstrong’s second-half goal was enough to see Hasenhüttl’s side extend their unbeaten streak.
Chris Richards, Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Butland and James McArthur all remain absent for the hosts, though Palace will be boosted by the return of Cheick Doucoure who is back from suspension.
A huge boost for Ralph Hasenhüttl as Roméo Lavia has returned to first team training ahead of Saturday’s clash. It’s unlikely he’ll start against Palace but with Armel Bella Kotchap also nearing a return to the pitch it’s a positive update from the boss.
Kyle Walker-Peters is set to be sidelined until at least mid-November, with Tino Livramento remaining Saints’ only long-term absentee.
Patrick Vieira: "It’s not just about the draw but the way they performed. They had a really good game and when you play well you’re filled with confidence. We know the team we are going to face and I always say it, every game brings challenges and we have to be ready."
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “They are at home in the moment very strong and had some good results in the past. I must say a team with massive quality. We had some tough fights against them in the past and we know how tough it is there but we also had some good results there. I remember a win, I remember last year a draw and it was a good away game for us last year.”
ONES TO WATCH
Wilfried Zaha: Having scored in his last two appearances against Southampton, as well as leading the way as top goal scorer for Palace this season, the 29-year-old is certain to cause problems for the Saints defence on Saturday.
Moi Elyounoussi: Providing the assist for Stuart Armstrong’s equaliser against Arsenal, the Norwegian international has gone from strength to strength in the 2022/23 season and will be looking to get himself on the scoresheet on Saints’ trip to the capital.
Wilfried Zaha 5
Eberechi Eze 2
Édouard, Eze, Olise 2
Ché Adams 5
Joe Aribo 2
Romain Perraud 2
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
April 2022: Saints 1-2 Palace (Romeu)
December 2021: Palace 2-2 Saints (Ward-Prowse, Broja)
May 2021: Saints 3-1 Palace (Ings, Adams)
September 2020: Palace 1-0 Saints
January 2020: Palace 0-2 Saints (Redmond, Armstrong)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Five of Che Adams' last six Premier League goals for Southampton have come away from home, with the Scottish striker netting 75% of Saints' away league goals so far this season (3/4).
- Southampton are unbeaten in three Premier League games (W1 D2), their longest run since a run of five in January/February last season. Meanwhile, Saints are looking to win consecutive away league games for the first time since June 2020.
- Southampton have scored 40 goals in their 26 Premier League games against Crystal Palace, at an average of 1.5 per game. Of teams they've faced more than 20 times in the competition, only against Newcastle do they have a higher goals-per-game ratio (1.6).
- Southampton have lost just three of their 13 Premier League visits to Crystal Palace (W6 D4), although they are winless in their last two at Selhurst Park (D1 L1).
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