Both Palace and Southampton recovered from successive league defeats by advancing into the Carabao Cup third round with 1-0 wins and much-changed teams.
The Eagles have historically struggled against the south-coast club, winning just three of the last 19 top-flight meetings between the sides, but encouragingly those have all come in the last six encounters. They also have the edge over Mark Hughes, who has managed six away Premier League matches against Palace and won none of them, with his teams losing the last four.
On their previous visit to south London, the Saints ran out 1-0 winners in Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge in September 2017, but have since won just 13 points in 18 away Premier League matches.
Saints' away woes continuing this season
The Saints defeated Brighton on Tuesday night thanks to a late Charlie Austin goal, but head to SE25 having won just two of their last 15 Premier League games. They are still searching for their first three-point haul of this campaign after a goalless draw against Burnley was followed by defeats against Everton and Leicester City.
Hughes’ team had led against the Foxes last weekend but Harry Maguire’s last-minute strike means they have dropped 24 points from leading positions since the start of last season, the most of any team currently in the division.
Their away form under Hughes has also been poor, with just one win gathered in their last six away games, which came at Swansea City in May.
View from the opposition
Mark Hughes: "They’re a very good side. Roy’s been there a decent amount of time and you start to see his imprint and mark on the team. Roy’s teams will always be very disciplined and well drilled, and he sprinkles good talent within the structure of what he wants. It’s a good mix and a well-balanced team.
"Zaha looks comfortable in his surroundings. It’s difficult to stop him in full flight because he has that technical ability. I think the key is stopping him getting the ball in the first place, but then when he is in possession you’ve just got to try to keep him away from the danger areas."
Palace: Roy Hodgson will continue to assess James Tomkins after he withdrew from the starting XI against Watford during the warm-up due to a calf issue.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has served his one-match suspension, so is eligible for selection. Connor Wickham and Scott Dann remain sidelined.
Southampton: Summer signing Danny Ings is being monitored after he picked up a bad blister on his foot which has hampered him, so Carabao Cup goalscorer Austin could return to the starting line-up.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended after picking up a red card against Leicester last weekend, so Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis - the goalscorer in this fixture last season - could deputise.
Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle, which will see him officiate a game for the fourth successive weekend. He has shown nine yellow cards in his three previous matches this season.
Palace have won eight of the 18 matches he has overseen, including the last four which yielded wins over Watford, Hull City, Leicester and Stoke City. He also took charge of the 2013 Championship play-off final win over the Hornets.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Refs: Lee Betts and Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Andy Madley
• Southampton have won four of their last six away league games against Palace, losing the other two.
• The Saints have lost seven of their last eight league games in London, with the only exception being their win against the Eagles last September.
• Roy Hodgson has only lost one of his seven managerial encounters with Mark Hughes, a 2-1 defeat to Man City as Fulham manager in September 2009 in the League Cup.
• Under Hodgson, Wilfried Zaha has been involved in 14 Premier League goals (11 goals, 3 assists), more than any other Palace player.
• Hughes has seen his Southampton side score first in six Premier League games – they’ve lost more of those matches (3) than they’ve won (2).
• The Saints have only managed to score six goals in their last eight away league matches, only netting more than once at Arsenal back in April, a game they still went on to lose.
• They haven’t lost back to back league games across all divisions against Palace since a run of four straight top-flight defeats between February 1990 and November 1991.
• Southampton have not scored a goal in the first half of a match since Dusan Tadic’s strike against Bournemouth back in April.
• Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last seven matches against Southampton in the Premier League, including three in his last four for Crystal Palace.
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