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Preview: Crystal Palace v Southampton

1 September 2018

Both Palace and Southampton recovered from successive league defeats by advancing into the Carabao Cup third round with 1-0 wins and much-changed teams.

The Eagles have historically struggled against the south-coast club, winning just three of the last 19 top-flight meetings between the sides, but encouragingly those have all come in the last six encounters. They also have the edge over Mark Hughes, who has managed six away Premier League matches against Palace and won none of them, with his teams losing the last four.

On their previous visit to south London, the Saints ran out 1-0 winners in Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge in September 2017, but have since won just 13 points in 18 away Premier League matches.

Saints' away woes continuing this season


The Saints defeated Brighton on Tuesday night thanks to a late Charlie Austin goal, but head to SE25 having won just two of their last 15 Premier League games. They are still searching for their first three-point haul of this campaign after a goalless draw against Burnley was followed by defeats against Everton and Leicester City.

Hughes’ team had led against the Foxes last weekend but Harry Maguire’s last-minute strike means they have dropped 24 points from leading positions since the start of last season, the most of any team currently in the division.

Their away form under Hughes has also been poor, with just one win gathered in their last six away games, which came at Swansea City in May.

View from the opposition

 Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes: "They’re a very good side. Roy’s been there a decent amount of time and you start to see his imprint and mark on the team. Roy’s teams will always be very disciplined and well drilled, and he sprinkles good talent within the structure of what he wants. It’s a good mix and a well-balanced team.

"Zaha looks comfortable in his surroundings. It’s difficult to stop him in full flight because he has that technical ability. I think the key is stopping him getting the ball in the first place, but then when he is in possession you’ve just got to try to keep him away from the danger areas."

Team news

 James Tomkins

Palace: Roy Hodgson will continue to assess James Tomkins after he withdrew from the starting XI against Watford during the warm-up due to a calf issue.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has served his one-match suspension, so is eligible for selection. Connor Wickham and Scott Dann remain sidelined.

Southampton: Summer signing Danny Ings is being monitored after he picked up a bad blister on his foot which has hampered him, so Carabao Cup goalscorer Austin could return to the starting line-up.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended after picking up a red card against Leicester last weekend, so Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis - the goalscorer in this fixture last season - could deputise.

Matchday officials

 Martin Atkinson

Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle, which will see him officiate a game for the fourth successive weekend. He has shown nine yellow cards in his three previous matches this season.

Palace have won eight of the 18 matches he has overseen, including the last four which yielded wins over Watford, Hull City, Leicester and Stoke City. He also took charge of the 2013 Championship play-off final win over the Hornets.

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Refs: Lee Betts and Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Andy Madley

Matchday stats

 Benteke Southampton

• Southampton have won four of their last six away league games against Palace, losing the other two.

• The Saints have lost seven of their last eight league games in London, with the only exception being their win against the Eagles last September.

• Roy Hodgson has only lost one of his seven managerial encounters with Mark Hughes, a 2-1 defeat to Man City as Fulham manager in September 2009 in the League Cup.

• Under Hodgson, Wilfried Zaha has been involved in 14 Premier League goals (11 goals, 3 assists), more than any other Palace player.

• Hughes has seen his Southampton side score first in six Premier League games – they’ve lost more of those matches (3) than they’ve won (2).

• The Saints have only managed to score six goals in their last eight away league matches, only netting more than once at Arsenal back in April, a game they still went on to lose.

• They haven’t lost back to back league games across all divisions against Palace since a run of four straight top-flight defeats between February 1990 and November 1991.

• Southampton have not scored a goal in the first half of a match since Dusan Tadic’s strike against Bournemouth back in April.

• Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last seven matches against Southampton in the Premier League, including three in his last four for Crystal Palace.


  Palace wins Draws Southampton wins
League 20 14 36
FA Cup 5 1 2
League Cup 3 1 3
Total 28 16 41

Matchday information


A very limited number of tickets are currently available - more info.

Ticket holders are advised to arrive early due to enhanced security checks, and Season Ticket Holders must bring their card. Fans are advised, as always, not to purchase tickets from touts or on online resale sites.

Find out more about the recent improvements to the matchday experience at Selhurst Park.

The matchday programme has a new look and size, and packed with great new content. This can be purchased in the following ways:

  • At Selhurst Park at kiosks and in the club shop, priced £3.50.
  • For delivery straight to your door, click here.
  • For a digital version (for mobile or desktop reading) priced at £1.49 or £24.99 for the season, you can purchase below:

Live coverage


If you can’t make it to Selhurst, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49 – more information.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and free highlights available on Palace TV and the official app from midnight on Sunday morning.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton

1 September 2018

Goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg saw Palace fall to a third league defeat in a row at the expense of Southampton at Selhurst Park.

Ings pounced to score his second of the season just after the break, but a penalty save by Wayne Hennessey from Charlie Austin kept Palace in the game, however despite the Eagles peppering the Saints goal in the final quarter, the goal wouldn’t come and in stoppage-time Hojbjerg wrapped up the visitors’ first win of the season.

The first half was one that wouldn’t live long in the memory, but it was Southampton who looked the likeliest to open the scoring during it. Mark Hughes’ team had been camped in the Palace half by the time the game was 20 minutes old and Mamadou Sakho produced a fine sliding block to prevent Ings tucking the ball home from inside the six-yard box.

Hennessey was the busier of the goalkeepers in the opening 45 and he had to tip over a 25-yard drive from Hojbjerg before making an excellent reaction save when Luka Milivojevic inadvertently sent a diving header towards his own goal when defending a Mohamed Elyounoussi free-kick, but the Welshman managed to claw it away from his top corner.

Palace, missing Wilfried Zaha with a groin injury, threatened very little in the opening 45 minutes with new boy Jordan Ayew looking the liveliest in his first action in red and blue. However the best he could muster was a wild shot from distance over the bar between Saints’ attacks, while on the stroke of half-time Milivojevic forced Alex McCarthy into a comfortable first save with a booming volley.

If hopes were high that the hosts would be reinvigorated after a 15-minute regroup, they were dashed a minute after play resumed when Southampton grabbed the lead. Cedric Soares sent in what looked to be a hopeful cross from the right, but it somehow managed to drift towards the penalty area where Ings had escaped the attention of the Eagles defence, and he slipped it through Hennessey’s legs to score in successive Premier League appearances against the Eagles.

That seemed to spark Palace into life and seven minutes later James McArthur took aim from range and curled a shot goalwards which McCarthy was relieved to hear thud off his crossbar, and then Benteke caused an almighty goalmouth scramble when he saw a low shot blocked by the ex-Eagles keeper, and in the resulting melee Patrick van Aanholt, Ayew and McArthur all tried to stab the ball home but to no avail.

But that momentum seemed to have been in vain when the Saints were awarded a penalty on 63 minutes. A low ball into the box was fired goalwards by Austin, who had been introduced as a substitute a couple of minutes earlier, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka blocked it with his hand. Perhaps slightly rusty having not been on the pitch long, Austin attempted to fire the spot-kick down the middle however Hennessey made his first Palace penalty save with his legs.

He continued to keep his team in the game when Nathan Redmond broke clear in the box and took aim but the shot-stopper got down low and pushed it away, with Mohamed Elyounoussi then striking the top of the crossbar with his follow-up.

As the minutes slipped by McCarthy dealt with shots from range by Cheikhou Kouyaté, Van Aanholt and McArthur as Hodgson’s team tried hard to equalise, and then after nodding a header over the top, Benteke had another opportunity to score when Alexander Sørloth nodded the ball into his path and the Belgian headed it downwards, but McCarthy managed to flick it away with his leg as another chance went begging.

And that proved crucial as two minutes into stoppage-time - just as they had against Liverpool in their last home game - a desperate Palace were caught out on the counter-attack. Matt Targett slipped in Hojbjerg down the left who had the freedom of Selhurst Park to slide the ball past Hennessey and put an unfair gloss on the scoreline, but ensure the south Londoners fell to a third league loss in a row.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Townsend (Kouyaté 72), McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp (Meyer 76), Ayew (Sørloth 76), Benteke. Subs not used: Guaita, Ward, Riedewald, Puncheon.

Southampton: McCarthy, Soares, Vestegaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Elyounoussi (Targett 72), Lemina, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Long (Austin 62), Ings (Romeu 78). Subs not used: Gunn, Yoshida, Davis, Ward-Prowse.

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