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The Palace Preview: Southampton

30 January 2019

Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace travel to the south coast tonight looking to continue their recent run of form against a newly invigorated Southampton side.

The Saints have enjoyed a remarkable change in fortune since the arrival of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who, having joined in early December, has commanded Southampton to winning four league matches from eight games, drawing once and losing the other three. In that time, however, Southampton beat Arsenal and Everton and notched up a draw with Chelsea.

Similarly, the Eagles have won three of their five overall matches in 2019 and have overcome the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in recent weeks.

Having fallen from the FA Cup at the hands of Frank Lampard's Derby Country, Southampton won't have played a match in 11 days, whereas Palace played on Sunday and fielded a team that included several players who are likely to start tonight.

Palace's history with Southampton will not inspire much hope for south Londoners as the Eagles have lost eight of their last 10 visits to the south coast. More encouragingly, however, their form on the road has been remarkable and it is away from home where Hodgson's men seem to come into their own.

Scoring 10 times from their past four away games, Palace have won twice and lost twice over that stretch of time; though one loss came as the red and blues narrowly fell to Liverpool having scored three times against a typically watertight defence.

Palace's ability to counter with great effect is likely to be the cause behind this and, given that the Saints have kept just one clean sheet in the league since the end of October, Palace may again be able to use their pace and ability on the break to secure three points from this fixture.

Indeed, Southampton have conceded eight goals more than Palace so far and it is this which forces their goal difference to keep them below their London opposition despite having acquired the same total of points.

A win today would be key to either side, as it would put greater distance between them and 18th placed Cardiff City who currently sit on 19 points.

In terms of danger-men, Palace fans will want to look out for James Ward-Prowse, who has scored in each of Southampton's last two matches.

Both Eagles and Saints fans will be relieved to have seen Arsenal beat the aforementioned Cardiff last night, as the result means that the Bluebirds stay three points behind both sides, despite coming close to staging a last-minute comeback against the Gunners.

Tactical overview

As with many teams, Southampton typically employ attacking full-backs which tends to lead to their backline acting as quintet out of possession but as a trio of centre-backs when in possession going forwards.

Hasenhüttl, dubbed the 'Alpine Klopp', encourages his teams to press with speed and intensity and this is likely to be the default approach tonight. However, with Palace often playing with less of the ball lately, their relentless pressing may not be as effective. Further, the Austrian seems to favour what's known as the 'outside press' - a system which forces the opposition to play the ball out wide where the pressing side can close the space with greater ease.

Facing the likes of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, though, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt supporting them on the flanks, this approach is unlikely to be enforced against the Eagles who have strength in their width.

Your matchday stat and ref

Since the start of last season Southampton have drawn more games than any other Premier League side, with their total of 22 draws accounting for 15% of the total in the division in that time (22/143).

Refereeing this clash will be Andre Marriner, who covered Palace's win over Manchester City recently. Joining him will be assistants Simon Long and Sian Massey-Ellis. Lee Probert will act as fourth official.

Team news

Hodgson has confirmed that Palace have a largely fit squad to face Southampton, with shot-stoppers Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita having returned from injury. Newly re-signed Bakary Sako also adds to the Eagles' arsenal and may well feature tomorrow night.

First Team

Returning Players Give Hodgson Options

29 January 2019

For Southampton, injury problems are more plentiful. Ryan Bertrand is very unlikely to be in contention to play and the same goes for Mario Lemina and Charlie Austin. Kayne Ramsay will be assessed pre-match but Matt Targett is set to return after being sidelined by a knee injury.

Live coverage

This game is not being shown live on TV in the United Kingdom, however you can listen to full commentary of it for just £1.49 via Palace Audio. Click here to find out more.

For fans in the US, the match will be shown on NBC Sports Gold and for all fans living abroad elsewhere, check out our Worldwide TV listings to see where you can enjoy the game.

Alternatively, if living abroad, why not find out if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you?

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Match Reports

Report: Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

30 January 2019

An eventful evening for Wilfried Zaha saw the Palace man opening the scoring but also be sent off as the Eagles drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Zaha ended a lengthy goal drought just before half-time when he fired home after a sweeping Palace move, but a second half strike by James Ward-Prowse levelled things up.

The two goalscorers then got involved in some heated words in the dying stages which saw the Eagles attacker booked, and for his subsequent protestations he picked up a second yellow, leaving Roy Hodgson’s team to cling on to a point.

On a brisk night on the south coast, there was little to warm those in attendance during the first half but Palace looked the livelier in attack in the opening 20 minutes and Jordan Ayew was a whisker away from connecting with a diving header following a corner, and James McArthur scuffed a sight of goal well wide from the edge of the area.

It took the Saints until midway through the first half to force Vicente Guaita into a save when Danny Ings won possession from Mamadou Sakho on the touchline and weaved inside before finding Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but the captain’s low first-time effort was parried well by the Eagles custodian, and that looked to be as eventuful as the first period would get, but four minutes before the break that all changed as Palace finally got the goal their better positivity deserved.

Cheikhou Kouyaté turned away from Jannik Vestergaard just inside the box and fired a low centre towards Ayew who nudged it back to Andros Townsend. He managed to nick the ball into Zaha just before being taken out by a sliding Oriol Romeu, but a good advantage played by Andre Marriner allowed the Ivorian to get the ball under control and power it past Alex McCarthy at his near post to score his first goal since September.

The second half began with Ings shooting straight at Guaita from a tight angle, but after that scare on 52 minutes the Eagles could easily have found themselves 2-0 ahead when a dangerous Luka Milivojevic corner was swerved into a packed six-yard box and McCarthy, under pressure from a host of players, went down softly from minimal contact from James McArthur, which saw play halted just before Sakho drove the ball home from close range.

Once again the game fell into a lull which the visitors didn’t mind being in possession of the lead, but they continued to look the more threatening and Townsend whipped a shot over the top, and more poor defending from a corner allowed Sakho another opportunity to find the net but this time his shot was hooked off the line by Hojbjerg.

And that proved vital as with 13 minutes to go, the hosts pulled level with their best move of the match. A slick passing move involving Nathan Redmond, Stuart Armstrong and Matt Targett down the left allowed the full-back a chance to pick out a teammate inside the area, and he did just that to allow Ward-Prowse the chance to tuck into the bottom corner of Guaita’s net.

With parity restored, suddenly it was game on and both teams started pushing for the vital extra two points. Armstrong forced Guaita into a flying save when he attempted to find the far corner with a curler, but back came the Eagles and Milivojevic caused McCarthy some concerns with a long range strike that he scrambled clear.

However he was left in no-mans-land seconds later when he misread yet another corner which allowed Sakho the chance to regain the lead, but this time the Frenchman couldn’t hit the target and a huge chance went begging.

Then with three minutes to go Zaha saw his evening end on a sour note when he was shown his marching orders. Having been fouled by Ward-Prowse, he got in a confrontation with the England international and received a booking from Marriner, for which he sarcastically clapped the official, leading him to receive a swift second yellow and leave his team with 10 men.

Insult could have been added to injury soon after when Guaita misjudged a cross and allowed Armstrong a shot at goal, but the keeper recovered quickly and managed to snuff out the chance to ensure the points were shared.

Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard (Elyounoussi 75), Valery (Armstrong 62), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg (Slattery 84), Targett, Redmond, Ings. Subs not used: Gunn, Ramsey, Gallagher, Long.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins (Dann 90), Sakho, Van Aanholt, Kouyaté (Schlupp 71), Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew. Subs not used: Hennessey, Kelly, Meyer, Wickham, Benteke.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Southampton and Leicester on Sale Now

8 January 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's Premier League upcoming away matches at Southampton and Leicester City are now on sale.

The game against the Saints is on Wednesday 30th January with a 7.45pm kick-off, and the trip to the King Power Stadium to face the Foxes takes place on Saturday 23rd February at 3pm.

Tickets will be available in the following selling order for both fixtures:

Phase 1
Tuesday 8th January from 10am
Season Ticket holders and paid Members with 3000+ Loyalty Points. One ticket per client reference.

Phase 2
Wednesday 9th January from 10am
Season Ticket holders – No Loyalty Points requirement. One ticket per client reference.

Phase 3
Thursday 10th January from 10am
Paid Members – No Loyalty Points requirement. One ticket per client reference.

Phase 4
Friday 11th January from 10am
Season Ticket holders and paid Members can book one additional ticket (maximum of 2 tickets per Client Reference) – No Loyalty Points requirement.

All sales phases are subject to availability.

Southampton tickets prices:
Adults: £30
Over-65s: £27
18-21s: £22
Under-18s: £18
Under-11s: £12

Coach travel: departs Selhurst Park at 2pm priced at £19 per seat.

Leicester City ticket prices:
Adults: £30
Over-65s: £25
Under-22s: £25
Under-18s: £20
Under-12s: £10

Coach travel: departs Selhurst Park at 12pm priced at £21 per seat.

Tickets and travel can be bought in the following ways:

  • Online - you will need to create a new Palace Account to use this serviceRegister or find out more
  • By calling 08712 000 071 (lines open 9am - 5.30pm weekdays, 9am - 12.30pm on non-match Saturdays)
  •  In person at the Box Office between 9am - 5.30pm Monday-Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays.

Please note that all tickets posted will incur a £1.50 postage fee per booking. Disabled supporters will also receive a free Personal Assistant ticket. 

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