Crystal Palace are yet to earn a point from their two away fixtures of the season so far, while Southampton are unbeaten in their three home games in all competitions. However, the Saints have not won a home league game since March, when they defeated Chelsea 2-1.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side find themselves 7th in the league after five games, representing one of the best starts to a top flight season in the club’s history. But their games have been low-scoring affairs so far – they have only found the net on three occasions, conceding just twice, with summer signing Dejan Lovren helping to sure up what was a leaky defence last season.
The Saints will come into this game on a high though having ground out an impressive 1-0 victory away at previously unbeaten Liverpool in their last Premier League outing.
Southampton: The two sides couldn’t be further apart in the injury and suspension stakes. Saints have no absentees whatsoever going into this game, giving Pochettino a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Much has been made of England striker Rickie Lambert’s lack of league goals so far this term, but he is still expected to start, with summer signing Dani Osvaldo likely to take up a slightly withdrawn wide role once again as part of a front three. Gaston Ramirez is pushing for his first league start of the season after scoring against Bristol City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
Palace: Meanwhile Palace find themselves at the top of the injury table, with seven players definitely ruled out through injury.
Damien Delaney misses out after sustaining ligament damage in the defeat to Swansea, while Jonny Williams, Jack Hunt and Glenn Murray remain long-term absentees. Jonny Parr could be named in Ian Holloway’s squad after a long injury lay-off of his own and Joel Ward is expected to return to right-back to bolster the back four. Kagisho Dikgacoi is also available for selection after serving a one-match ban.
The game comes too soon for Yannick Bolasie, who could be fit for the trip to Liverpool next weekend, while Paddy McCarthy is also progressing well in his battle for fitness. Loanee Jason Puncheon will also sit the game out against his parent club.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: S Burt and D England
Fourth Official: Lee Probert
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LAST MEETING AT ST MARY’S
The teams last met on the south coast on Boxing Day 2011, when they were rivals in the Championship. The promotion-chasing Saints ran out 2-0 winners on that day to maintain their grip on top spot.
Headed goals from Brazilian Guly Do Prado either side of half time sealed the points for the hosts in front of 31,500 at St Mary’s.
Our away allocation for the match at St Mary’s is now SOLD OUT. For details for how to follow the action from the comfort of your own home, see the Live Coverage section below.
A coach will be leaving Selhurst Park at 11.30am, with tickets available from the box office for £17 per person.
If driving to the game yourself by car, please be aware that there is hardly any parking at the stadium for away fans, with parking restrictions in force in the local area.
Saints win: 1/2
Palace win: 8/1
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