The players finished their last training session before the big day around lunchtime on Christmas Eve and defender Martin Kelly told us that the squad are fully aware of the talent that Southampton bring to this game.
"Before their victory against Everton they would have had their confidence knocked a little bit with some disappointing results but from our point of view we need to make it about what we do and make sure Selhurst Park is a difficult place for them to come to. After the changes they went through in the summer the new players seem to have come in and done well and their league position shows the quality of the squad they have down there."
The only home game for The Eagles over the Christmas period but it is a venue that Martin believes the side should have more points to show for their efforts this season.
"There have been games there this season that have gone a little flat at times and in other matches we didn’t take chances that we created. The major positive is that even though we are not getting the results that maybe we would have liked we are playing well. On the training ground day in day out we are all working our socks off to make sure that get it right and sooner rather than later hopefully things will turn our way and we will get the points our play deserves."
The festive period may be one where the country takes a break but for a professional football that is not quite the routine although Martin doesn't expect to hear any complaints about that from his team-mates.
"We have known for a few weeks that we would be training on Christmas Day. We will do that early evening and then go as a group to a hotel ready for the game the next day. We may not have the same routine as a person who has a 9-5 job but what we know as a professional football is that we get up every morning and have the chance to do something we love. From day one of our career we know this period of the season is going to be a busy one but you won’t hear anyone at this club complaining. Personally I love all the fixtures over the festive period, as a footballer you want to be playing games."
Before the action on the pitch Martin has something else to tackle as he takes on the role of the chef, in charge of the all important lunch.
"During Christmas Day it will be the same in my home as anywhere else as we open presents and then prepare dinner, the pressure is on me this year as I am cooking. We will have the starters around 11am and then the main lunch at 2pm before going into training later in the day.
"Once the lads have finished we will go off to the hotel and then a normal evening before a game, some will watch a DVD while others, like myself, will settle down and watch some of the Christmas TV."