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Preview: Crystal Palace v Southampton

2 December 2016


INTRO
Palace head into this game aiming to end a run of six straight defeats as they host one of Alan Pardew's former clubs Southampton at Selhurst Park.

The Saints come into the encounter having registered back-to-back wins over the past week as they saw off Everton at St Mary's on Saturday thanks to Charlie Austin's quickfire goal, before advancing to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Claude Puel's men sit 10th in the table, only four points ahead of Palace who hover just above the relegation zone. Last season saw the Eagles beat Southampton for the first time in the Premier League in 11 attempts, and this season Puel's men have won just once on their travels. 

The south coast side beat the Eagles 2-0 in the EFL Cup back in September thanks to goals from Austin and Jake Hesketh.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Claude Puel: “Every time it is strong games with possibilities to play against strong, different, players and quality players.

“It’s always difficult and sometimes all the good ways it is a difficult way. It’s the same for all the managers and all the clubs.

“It’s important for me, for my players, to stay with a good concentration about this game because it’s a good team with good players and they play at home.”


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Connor Wickham could be out for the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments against Swansea City.

Yohan Cabaye picked up a fifth booking of the season in that game and will now serve a one-match ban, and Loic Remy, Pape Souare and Joanthan Benteke are also out long-term, and Steve Mandanda won;t be available for this game either.

Southampton: Dusan Tadic remains out following his broken nose, and Matt Targett will also miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Ex-Palace man Alex McCarthy also has a similar problem, and Jeremy Pied is a long-term casualty with a knee issue.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsSouthampton wins
League181434
FA Cup512
League Cup313
Total261639


STATS
Southampton have conceded just three times in their last six Premier League meetings against Crystal Palace, keeping three clean sheets.

Palace have conceded a league-high 13 goals from set-pieces this season (inc. pens); two more than they let in last term (11).

If only goals scored by English players counted, Southampton would be top of the Premier League this season on 25 points, with Crystal Palace in second (24 points).

Charlie Austin's six Premier League goals in 2016/17 have won Saints six points; only Sergio Aguero (8) and Diego Costa (7) have earned their side more points in the top-flight.

The Saints have won just once on the road in the Premier League under Claude Puel (D2 L3).


OFFICIALS

This will be the second time this season that Neil Swarbrick has overseen an Eagles game - he took charge of their 2-1 win against Middlesbrough in September. Indeed, Palace haven't lost any of the last five times they have been refereed by the Lancashire referee.

Referee: N Swarbrick
Assistants: S Ledger and M Wilkes
Fourth Official: P Tieney


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

12th December 2015
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Premier League

Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the table thanks to a Yohan Cabaye winner that inflicted a third defeat in four league games on struggling Southampton.

The hosts fully deserved their first Premier League win over Southampton, a victory that also extended Palace's unbeaten run to three league games.

Yannick Bolasie's perfect cross allowed the unmarked Cabaye to tap home from six yards late in the first half.

Southampton's best chance was a Shane Long strike late on, but Wayne Hennessey prevented the Republic of Ireland striker's low shot creeping in and earning Southampton an injury-time equaliser


TICKETS
Tickets are still available for this game, priced at category A prices, with season ticket holders and paid members being able to book up to two tickets each.

You can book your seats online here, by visiting the box office at the ground or calling 08712 00 00 71.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at 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, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.



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