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Preview: Crystal Palace v Southampton

11 December 2015

After the two sides were drawn together in the FA Cup third round last Monday, Palace and Southampton do battle in the Premier League before that as they face off for the fourth time in the last 12 months.

The Saints have won two of those games but head to SE25 searching for a first victory in four games, having drawn 1-1 at home to rock-bottom Aston Villa last weekend.

Palace have picked up just four points from their previous 12 Premier League encounters with the Saints, all of which were in draws, but they will be looking to clinch back-to-back league victories at Selhurst Park for only the second times since April 2014 following their 5-1 demolition of Newcastle United a fortnight ago.


Ronald Koeman: "The best medicine for confidence is to win the game. We know we have to do better than we did against Aston Villa.

"We need more sharpness in the box, we need to be more clinical. We've had a good week of training and we gave attention to detail to all the things we need to improve on.

"We have to show more consistency in our performances. We don't score a lot of goals but we create a lot of chances. We have to finish more chances and then we can show we have a strong team."


Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha returns after missing the Everton game through suspension, but Yohan Cabaye continues to walk a disciplinary tightrope as he will also incur a one-match ban should he be booked before the turn of the year.

Mile Jedinak is out of this game after hurting his ankle in training this week, and Dwight Gayle has also suffered a setback in his return from injury despite playing 15 minutes on Monday night.

Bakary Sako is still struggling with a hamstring injury picked up against Sunderland last month and will miss out.

Southampton: Koeman has announced that Victor Wanyama is fit to play despite picking up an ankle injury last weekend, but Jay Rodriguez will spend three to four more weeks on the sidelines after having foot surgery.

Fraser Forster is back in training after a lengthy lay-off but won't be considered for this game, and Florin Gardos is also out 

The Eagles have failed to score in six of their last seven league matches against Southampton.

The Saints have won the last seven league games in a row against Crystal Palace across the Premier League and Championship.

Southampton have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away games (W2 D4 L1), that defeat coming last time out against Manchester City.

Palace have scored a league-high proportion of their goals from set-pieces this season (45%).

Sadio Mane has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.


Mike Dean has been selected as the referee for this game - he last took charge of Palace in their 1-0 defeat at Leicester City in October. He has shown 51 yellow cards and four reds in his 13 Premier League games this season.

Referee: M Dean
Assistants: S Long and A Holmes
Fourth Official: R East

Palace winsDrawsSouthampton wins
FA Cup412
League Cup312


26th December 2014
Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton
Premier League

Southampton moved up to fourth in the Premier League as they claimed an easy win at Palace in what proved to be Neil Warnock's final game in charge.

Sadio Mane raced on to James Ward-Prowse's pass and ran through the home defence, before he took the ball around Julian Speroni.

Ryan Bertrand fired in from Mane's pull-back to make it 2-0 before Toby Alderweireld powerfully headed a third.

Scott Dann nodded in a late consolation from Mile Jedinak's free-kick for the Eagles, who dropped into the bottom three and dismissed Warnock the following day.

Tickets for this game are SOLD OUT.


A reminder that additional security will be employed at Selhurst Park Stadium for the above fixture. Supporters are advised to expect checks and to arrive earlier than usual at the stadium to avoid delays outside the ground. Turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm.

Supporters are asked to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity either by contacting a steward or using the match day text alert service. 

The Club would like to thank supporters in advance for their understanding and co-operation.

Up to 45 minutes before kick-off you can get a Carlsberg or Somersby Cider and any burger (excluding GK burger) for just £5 in the concourse bars. Offer available at selected bars with the Early Bird Signage. The option of Real Ale will only be available from the bars serving Real Ale, please ask a member of staff before you order.


Due to restrictions in facilities this offer is not available in the following bars:


-          Johnsons

-          Hot Dog Cart 1

-          HD Bottle Bar

-          Hot Dog Cart 2

-          Cronx Bar

-          Bryne Bar

-          Shipperley Bar

-          Armstrong Bar

-          AW Bottle Bar


For anybody specifically requesting an ale we will run a voucher offer so they can pick up their ale at a bar that has the facilities to serve it. Cronx bar will be the pickup area for any ale vouchers.

Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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