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Palace Preview: Explaining Southampton's turnaround

20 January 2020

Playing on the back of drawing with the champions of English football, a five-game, seven-goals unbeaten league run and sitting pretty on 30 points, Crystal Palace will be facing Southampton on a wave of momentum.

But their south coast opposition will be travelling to Selhurst Park in similarly high spirits, having lost just one game in seven from all competitions as they haul themselves up the Premier League table.

Southampton’s start to the season was a torrid one: the Saints collected just eight points from their opening 12 games. But recently, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have turned their form around remarkably, now boasting 28 points from 23 games and having scalped the likes of Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

The Eagles will take some optimism from their well-battled draw at St Mary’s in December, however. That afternoon saw James Tomkins net to earn a point from a besieging Saints side dealt an advantage when Max Meyer’s early goal was ruled out by a VAR review.

Palace will again have to be watchful, with Hasenhüttl’s side providing a real defensive challenge to the Eagles in December. And the Eagles will be alert to the fact that the Saints have scored six goals in their last three games from all competitions and Danny Ings has notched 14 goals in the league this season.

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While Southampton’s away form has been a notable fillip in their success (no other Premier League team has a higher ratio of points collected away - 61%), Palace are proving phenomenally hard to beat, losing just one in their last 10 games. Furthermore, Hodgson’s Eagles have turned Selhurst Park into something of a fortress - amassing 16 points from 11 home fixtures compared with 14 from 12 on the road.

Looking at the league table, a win for Palace would put them on 33 points, however victory for Southampton would see them overtake the Eagles to sit on 31.

Did you know?

Cenk Tosun scored on his first start for Palace against Manchester City; the only player to score in his first two starts in the competition for the Eagles was Bakary Sako in August 2015.

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Tactical overview

Southampton began the season playing with a flexible back five, with Ryan Bertrand and Yan Valery operating as attacking fullbacks. However, after losing 9-0 to Leicester City and then falling twice to Manchester City in four days, the Saints switched their approach: first with a back three against Everton and then four for the majority of their following games.

The result has been stark. Excluding the Everton fixture sandwiched between Southampton’s turnaround, the Saints collected eight points from their 11 games up until the City defeat and 20 from their 11 following it.

Hasenhüttl’s tactical change has allowed the team to attack more proactively; rather than soaking up the opposition inside their own flooded half, the Saints can bring the game forward and keep the opponent at bay. This was very clear against Palace in December.

Team news

Despite still suffering from a depleted squad, Palace were boosted against City by the return of Joel Ward and the inclusion of Scott Dann in consecutive matchday 18s.

Hodgson has confirmed that Max Meyer, who missed the city game after sustaining an injury against Arsenal, is fit to play again.

Southampton are relatively fortunate with injuries, as only Valery is known to be unavailable. There are doubts over Jan Bednarek, who has a slight Achilles problem.

How to follow

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Southampton clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Palace undone by pair of Saints pile-drivers

Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton

21 January 2020

Crystal Palace fell to an attacking Southampton side under the Selhurst lights this evening, conceding two impressive goals from the boots of Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong respectively.

Summary

  • Palace start with the same XI which kicked-off against Manchester City
  • Nathan Redmond puts Southampton ahead with an excellently driven shot
  • Half-time: Palace 0-1 Southampton
  • The Saints add a second through Stuart Armstrong
  • Full-time: Palace 0-2 Southampton

As in December, when Palace and Southampton faced off under the lights of St Mary’s, the Eagles began tonight’s game filling their own half; soaking up the Saints’ early pressure as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s in-form side sought to make a swift impact.

The south Londoners’ often-seen approach almost paid dividends as the game ticked towards its 20th minute when Jordan Ayew collected a volatile ball, brought it under control majestically, and fed Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was unfortunate to lose a crossfield pass to Jannik Vestergaard’s interception, however Ayew was fast to react, regaining possession and feeding Cenk Tosun, who, perhaps with too much time on the edge of the box, struck high of the goal from 20 yards.

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A while later in a similar position - though under more pressure from the opposing defence - Redmond kept his shot from 20 yards down with a well-drilled effort which flew into Vicente Guaita’s net.

Having fallen behind to Redmond’s piledriving effort, Palace found their feet and began to test the Southampton backline with greater sincerity. In the 40th minute, the hosts enjoyed a chance which partially mirrored their first as Ayew collected possession in midfield, masterfully laid-off Zaha and the Ivorian played the ball across the pitch.

Zaha’s teasing cross was well blocked by Vestergaard before Tosun could get his foot to it and, minutes later, Zaha found himself blasting across the box only for no one in red and blue to meet his venomous pass.

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At the other end of the pitch, Southampton broke rapidly and were denied only by a lack of space as Shane Long ran the ball out of play under pressure when through one-on-one with Guaita.

After the break, Palace appeared a buoyed side, launching themselves at Southampton’s goal and teeing-up Tosun to head narrowly wide within 30 seconds.

But for all of Palace’s apparent improvement, Southampton were the team to score next. Outdoing his teammate’s eye-catcher in the first-half, Armstrong unleashed the ball high into Palace’s net from 25 yards, doubling the visitors’ lead remarkably.

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Despite going another goal behind, the Eagles had certainly improved, however, and Roy Hodgson’s men almost pulled one back as Jairo Riedewald cutely backheeled the ball to Ayew, who was adeptly blocked at close-range by Ryan Bertrand.

Changing his hand as the game rolled into its last half an hour, Hodgson enacted a double substitution - bringing on Max Meyer and Joel Ward in place of Cheikhou Kouyate and Martin Kelly. Ayew moved further into the centre of midfield, where he had been winning ball after ball, and Meyer roamed wide of the pitch. Ward, as expected, filled Kelly’s former role in a near like-for-like switch.

The Eagles were dealt a fine opportunity to bring the game to 2-1 when Connor Wickham collected the ball under his feet close to goal but, under the guard of James Ward-Prowse, the forward lost possession to goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

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Wickham drove himself into another fine attacking position minutes later, however his powerful effort flew wide of the face of goal.

Frustratingly, Wickham's half-chances and Palace's firmer grip on the game weren't enough by the full-time whistle and the Eagles had to contend with their first league defeat in seven matches.

Palace: Guaita, Riedewald, Cahill, Tomkins, Kelly (Ward 62), McArthur, McCarthy, Kouyate (Meyer 62), Zaha, Ayew, Tosun (Wickham 69).

Subs: Hennessey, Dann, McGregor, Pierrick.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric (Romeu 22), Vestergaard, Stephens, Bertrand, Armstrong, Hojberg, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Long (Ings 70), Obafemi (Adams 84).

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Djenepo, Boufal.

For post-match reaction and highlights of this evening's game, head over to Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' in the app.

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Ticket News

Tickets available for Palace's Southampton clash today

21 January 2020

Selhurst Park has earned its reputation as something of a fortress in recent months, with Crystal Palace proving remarkably difficult to defeat in SE25.

Palace have collected 16 points from 11 league games in south London this season and are currently unbeaten in four consecutive top flight matches there.

The next opportunity to see the Eagles defend Selhurst Park comes today (Tuesday 21st January) against Southampton - 19:30 K.O. GMT - and you could be there without the need of a Membership!

The fixture against the Saints is one of the few top-flight games in SE25 that has been made available for general sale, therefore, don't miss your chance to get on the famous Selhurst terraces.

In order to purchase your seats - a maximum of four per person for Palace's clash with Ralph Hasenhüttl's side - is to have a free Palace account created. Click here to grab your tickets now!

You can also call the Box Office on 0871 200 0071 or visit in person at Selhurst Park for ticketing purchases in advance or on the day.

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