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Preview: Southampton v Crystal Palace

2 January 2018

Palace begin their 2018 fixture schedule against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday evening, looking to continue their recent run of just one defeat in ten games.

If Roy Hodgson’s side come through the game unbeaten they will equal the club Premier League record of five consecutive away matches unbeaten, set between the end of 2014 through to February 2015.

Saints Look For Turnaround In Results

Mauricio Pellegrino takes his side into the final match of the festive period having won just four of his 21 Premier League games as boss at Southampton since joining in the suimmer.

Despite getting a draw at Old Trafford over the past weekend Southampton are now without a win in their past eight games and have only won three at home this campaign.

The last being a 5-1 defeat of Everton in November.

Top of the Saints scorers chart is Charlie Austin with six goals, but he is suspended from this match, and behind him on three are Steve Davis, Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic.

View From The Opposition

Mauricio Pellegrino: "It will be a really competitive game, really tight and we need to try to do the maximum to claim the three points.

"It's massive because the Premier League now is really tight and for us to get three points is really important. We don't have long to prepare for the game, but to rest and recover when you have had a good performance is easier."

Team News

Southampton: Former Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could again be preferred to Fraser Forster after Saturday’s clean sheet against Manchester United.

Ryan Bertrand could return from a hamstring injury but Charlie Austin is still suspended and an ankle injury means Cedric is not available for selection.

Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson has injury concerns going into this game with both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon coming off injured during the home game with Manchester City.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James McArthur, Bakary Sako and Jeffrey Schlupp missed the last game but the Palace boss will be hoping that they recover from their injuries.

Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham and Joel Ward remain sidelined.

Matchday Officials

Stuart has taken charge of 14 matches this season showing 48 yellow cards and given one dismissal from the field of play. 

His last match with Palace was at Newcastle in October and his first Premier League game of the season was for the Saints trip to Huddersfield Town in August.

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Assistants: Simon Long, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Kevin Friend


Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last six Premier League matches against Southampton.

Since their return to the Premier League in 2012/13, Southampton have won seven matches against The Eagles.

Palace’s last victory away from Selhurst in the top flight against Southampton was back in November 1990, at the Dell with goals from Ian Wright (2) and one from Mark Bright as Palace recorded a 3-2 victory.

The Eagles go into their latest away match having gone four unbeaten on the road.



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Seat tickets will be available at St Mary's and they will be on sale to CPFC supporters from Ticket Office 3. 


Adults: £20

65+: £20

18-21: £20

11-17: £18

Under-11s: £12

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from 1.00am on Wednesday morning. 

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