Match: Southampton vs Crystal Palace
League: English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2019, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 Central European Time
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace: Having found a form, Southampton and Crystal Palace are ready for an exciting battle at St. Mary’s this Saturday, with the aim of getting as far away from relegation waters as possible.
Palace was 6th on the paper when this article was compiled, three behind the top six, while Saints sits 14th with a 2-point lead over Villa at the edge of the danger zone.
Traditionally, this is a game that produces goals and we don’t have to look elsewhere than the two teams to score a bet, the two teams having a score and a brilliant overall form. In addition, 7 of Southampton’s 9 home games this season have seen both teams score as well as a minimum of three goals.
Place has struggled to score goals on the road this season, but they have had decent spells at St. Mary’s Stadium and have scored at least once in 5 of their last 6 visits here. So, btts is the best option to come back here.
The full-time outcome is hard to predict here, as Palace could surprise you the same day, while the Saints hold a solid record in the two game days after Christmas.
Ralph Hasenhuttl appears to have stabilized the ship at St. Mary’s, but the Saints come to the clash on Saturday seated 2 points above relegation waters.
Southampton comes after a 2-0 away win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which led them to a two-game winning streak.
However, the Saints are placed at the bottom of the table in terms of home record this season, with a low participation rate of 7 points in 9 games so far (2W, 1D, 6L).
Crystal Palace has been largely inconsistent this season, although he has sometimes played fine football. This is largely due to the lack of efficiency in the final third and Wilfred Zaha’s lack of form in front of goal.
Roy Hodgson’s men ended their three-game winless streak the day after Christmas with a 2-1 victory over West Ham.
It should be noted that the Seagulls have been beaten in only 1 of their last 6 Premier League games, making them a powerful opponent to meet even on the road at this time.