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Palace Preview: Eagles eyeing opening day hat-trick v Southampton

11 September 2020

Both Crystal Palace and Southampton will be looking for a good start to their Premier League campaign this season. In their last two opening games, Palace have kept clean sheets against Everton and Fulham and will be looking to keep that record going on Saturday.

The last competitive clash for both Palace and Southampton gave the sides a positive outlook to finish the season with; Palace picked up a well-earned point against Tottenham Hotspur while Southampton defeated Sheffield United 3-1.

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The Eagles have also had a solid pre-season which gave fans plenty to be hopeful for, including a glimpse of new signing Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha’s goalscoring form. Development left-back Tyrick Mitchell was also a consistent feature in the Eagles’ pre-season and, with Patrick van Aanholt recovering from injury, the start of the campaign could be the perfect time for him to continue showing what he is capable of.

The opposition

Southampton put seven past Swansea City during pre-season, where they looked to be in fine form. But with their top goalscorer from last season, Danny Ings, and club captain, James Ward-Prowse, having been on international duty with England, their lack of preparation time for this game may be a key factor in their performance.

Early last month, Southampton signed Kyle Walker-Peters after a successful loan spell from Spurs and have also brought in centre-back Mohammed Salisu from La Liga side Real Valladolid. However, the Saints lost key man Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who secured a move to Tottenham. Accommodating for his absence in the centre of the park will be a significant test for the visitors.

But competing away from home was a strength for Southampton last season, with the added advantage of facing no home crowd once the league resumed. Southampton picked up 31 points on the road, with only first- and second-place Liverpool and Manchester City having better away records.

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Tactical overview

Southampton usually line-up with two strikers and will be hoping to see more from Che Adams this season after he had an impressive end to the last campaign, which included a brace against Sheffield United on the final day of 19/20.

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Adams showed that he was adept at pouncing on to loose balls in that game, especially with his second goal, where his quick reaction to a block allowed him to get the ball out of his feet quickly before finishing clinically. He will be hoping to emulate the form of strike partner Ings, who scored 22 league goals last season and has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 away Premier League starts.

Previous meetings

This will be the first time Palace and Southampton lock horns on the opening day of a Premier League season. However, their last meeting on the opening day of any campaign was back in the 2007/08 Championship, where Palace came out victors with a comfortable 4-1 victory. James Scowcroft scored a hat-trick that day at St Mary’s.

Palace will be hoping this is a good omen as the home side typically struggles in fixtures between these two teams.

Team news

Van Aanholt is back in training for Palace but is unlikely to be available for the first game of the season. Roy Hodgson provided a further injury update which you can read here.

The squad have been boosted by Luka Milivojevic’s return to action against Brøndby and Brentford B, as well as having Martin Kelly on hand, with the versatile defender sidelined near the end of last season.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will be without midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

How to follow


This game will be shown live via BT Sport in the UK. Kick-off is 15:00 BST. The Premier League has agreed that all September matches will be shown live on TV, and you can find out details of Palace's other two broadcast fixtures here.

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Palace Audio

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Fans can buy 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 all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website,, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Saints 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.

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International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here.

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Match Reports

Perfect start to Palace's 20/21 campaign

12 September 2020

Despite the short turnaround between seasons, seven weeks was all Palace needed to re-energise themselves for the 2020/21 campaign with a new formation and a couple of fresh faces in the matchday squad to secure an impressive clean sheet and victory over Southampton.

In summary

  • Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi named on the bench, with Roy Hodgson opting for a 4-4-2 with Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha leading the line
  • Andros Townsend starts for his 150th Palace appearance; Scott Dann makes 150th Premier League appearance
  • Wilfried Zaha scores his 50th league goal for the Eagles. 1-0.
  • HT: 1-0
  • Kyle Walker-Peters shown a straight red card, however, Jon Moss overrules original decision after reviewing incident on the pitchside monitor
  • Eberechi Eze handed Palace debut on 80 minutes
  • A second goal for Zaha goal ruled out for offside via VAR
  • FT: 1-0

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The opening exchanges were tentative, with the south coast visitors dominating possession without troubling Palace’s well-organised defensive line. A header from Jack Stephens off the back of a James Ward-Prowse corner was the best the Saints could muster for all of their possession, with Vicente Guaita welcoming the early touch from Stephens’ header that lacked power.

Palace’s first attacking impact on the game came when Townsend tapped round Ryan Bertand and drove down Palace’s right-hand side. However, the winger’s cross couldn’t find Zaha at the back post.

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That was, though, a warning sign to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side – and one they did not heed. On 13 minutes, Townsend’s driving run and cross did find his teammate, and Zaha volleyed home expertly.

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Southampton’s probing continued and the game carried on in the same vein, with Palace nearly doubling their lead on 26 minutes. Dann met James McCarthy's corner that forced Alex McCarthy scrambling across his goal line to save well.

Come the half-time whistle, the Saints had drastically dropped off in the second-half of the first-half, with Palace comfortably on top of the side that had the third-best away record in the Premier League last season.

Palace are unbeaten in their last 21 Premier League games when they’ve found the back of the net first, therefore, it was no surprise to see Hasenhüttl make a tactical change at half-time – Jan Vestergaard coming on for Jan Bednarek – as well as the Saints starting the second ’45 with much more purpose.

A smart dummy and then interchange of play between Ings with Ché Adams saw the latter cleverly find the overlapping Nathan Redmond. However, the winger’s shot, although powerful, was too close to Guaita’s expert positioning.

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Southampton’s rapid start was nearly curtailed early on 49 minutes when Kyle Walker-Peters was shown a straight red for a high-challenge on Tyrick Mitchell. However, after reviewing on the pitchside monitor, Jon Moss downgraded his original decision to a yellow.

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The break in play did nothing to dampen Southampton’s newfound spark, and, somehow – how many times have we said that?! – Guaita thwarted Adams’ rifled effort from a few yards out. Exceptional from the Eagles’ No.31.

Southampton’s pressure, much like in the first-half, waned and Hodgson looked to capitalise on his side’s stability by adding the fresh legs of Luka Milivojević to the middle of the park in place of the booked James McCarthy on 74 minutes.  

The captain took over the armband from Dann and nearly had an assist to his name with almost his first touch. A deep, lofted free-kick into the penalty area found Ayew, who was in space but unable to generate enough power with the header that the opportunity required.  

A few minutes later, a sight all Eagles had been itching to see, Eberechi Eze followed his captain onto the pitch for his Crystal Palace debut, coming on in place of Jeffrey Schlupp.

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The introduction of Palace’s summer signing sparked, what Palace thought, was the game-deciding second goal from Zaha. Eze found James McArthur, who clipped a ball over the top for Zaha, with Ayew in support, running clean through towards McCarthy’s goal.

Despite slotting comfortably past the former Eagles ‘keeper, the goal was deemed offside via VAR due to the tightest of margins.

With six minutes added on, Palace's hard work and deserved three points was nearly cruelly snatched away at the end. However, Guaita, yet again, pulled off a remarkable save, this time from a bullet Ings header. 

Hodgson and his side start the 2020/21 season with a near-perfect afternoon.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyaté, Dann, Mitchell, Townsend, McCarthy [Milivojević, 74], McArthur, Schlupp [Eze, 80], Ayew, Zaha

Subs not used: Hennessey, Kelly, Woods, Meyer, Batshuyai

Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek [Vestergaard, 45], Bertrand, Redmond, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Smallbone [Djenepo, 77], Adams [Long, 85], Ings

Subs not used: Forster, Obafemi, Tella, Vokins

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