Match Pack: Palace vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 06 Jan Crystal Palace vs Saints

Attention turns to the FA Cup as Southampton travel to Selhurst Park in the third round of the competition. This and more in today’s Match Pack, in association with eToro …

THE MATCH

Crystal Palace vs Saints
Emirates FA Cup
Selhurst Park
Saturday 7th January, 12.30pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Darren Bond.
Assistants: Dan Cook, James Mainwaring.
Fourth official: John Busby.
VAR: Craig Pawson.
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.

WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?


Saints will be wearing their blue away kit with white shorts and white socks.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton FC at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Southampton will be wearing their blue away kit on their trip to Selhurst Park (Photo: Matt Watson)

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

After a disappointing defeat to Tottenham last time out in the league, Palace will welcome a break from league action as they host Southampton.

Sitting 12th in the current Premier League standings, it’s been a season of mixed fortunes for Patrick Vieira’s men, who will be aiming to secure their place in the FA Cup’s fourth round.

Saints will be looking to continue their positive cup form when they travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

With a break from league action coming as Saints sit at the bottom of the Premier League table, a positive cup run could provide a huge boost for Nathan Jones’s men.

Having reached the quarter final stage of the competition in the previous two seasons, it’s an opportunity for Saints to turn their fortunes on the pitch.

TEAM NEWS

Palace will be without Sam Johnstone, James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson through injury, while Tyrick Mitchell continues to serve a suspension for a straight red card on Boxing Day.

For Saints, Armel Bella-Kotchap picked up a knee injury against Nottingham Forest in midweek and could join Tino Livramento, Juan Larios, Theo Walcott and Alex McCarthy on the sidelines.

THE MANAGERS

Patrick Vieira:
To follow.

Nathan Jones:
“They’re a different focus. They’re tough games. Away at Palace is a tough cup draw. We have to make sure we’re ready.”

ONES TO WATCH

Odsonne Édouard
: Having recently returned from injury, the Frenchman could find himself back in Patrick Vieira's starting XI as he looks to find the net against Southampton for the second time this season.

Roméo Lavia: Securing a place in the starting XI for the first time since his return from injury against Forest in midweek, the 19-year-old will be desperate to show his skill in South London on Saturday.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Romeo Lavia of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Nottingham Forest at St. Mary's Stadium on January 04, 2023 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Roméo Lavia played 64 minutes against Nottingham Forest as he returned from injury (Photo: Matt Watson) 

TOP SCORERS

Crystal Palace

Goals:

Wilfried Zaha 6
Odsonne Édouard 4
Eberechi Eze 3

Assists:
Michael Olise 4
Eberechi Eze 3
Zaha, Édouard, Mitchell 2

Southampton

Goals:

Ché Adams 8
James Ward-Prowse 4
Perraud, Aribo 2

Assists:

Ward-Prowse, Perraud, Elyounoussi 2

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 115
Palace: 42
Draws: 25
Saints: 48

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

October 2022: Palace 1-0 Saints
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

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton have only been eliminated from four of their last 18 FA Cup third round ties, reaching the quarter-final of the competition in each of the last two seasons.

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