With an inch closer to the relegation side, Southampton will be looking to redeem themselves as they host Crystal Palace at the St. Marys Stadium. The match is scheduled for 28th December, with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.
Coach Hassenhult has been facing a strong sense of competition to get his team back to the game while avoiding relegation. Despite several significant wins, the side is still struggling to be consistent.
Southampton has managed to pull off three wins in their past six encounters. However, Hassenhult has a lot to do to compensate for their previous losses. With several key players still on an injury, the squad depth has been limited.
Crystal Palace is currently on 12th on the Premier League, garnering 23 points. The team has experienced mixed results, especially following the 1-1 draw to Brighton and 1-0 loss to Newcastle. The team has managed to register only 2 wins in their past 6 matches.
Coach Roy Hodson has been under immense pressure to find consistency in his squad. Despite some sparks of brilliance from a few players, it has not been enough to see the side pose a threat for the top 6 tier teams.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace Head to Head
Both teams have played 27 games together with Southampton, picking up 13 wins with Crystal Palace securing 9 wins. Here is a look at their past encounters:
Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton
Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Southampton Team News
In-form Danny Ings has been the savior for the side, having netted 10 games this season. Hassenhult will depend on the prowess of the form Liverpool striker to pose a threat to Palace’s defense. A significant blow to Hassenhult is with the injury of striker Shane Long.
The striker was substituted following their 3-1 victory over side Aston Villa. Midfielder Holjberg is under a risk of suspension after picking up 4 yellow cards. Left-back, Sam McQueen is still ruled out after picking a cruciate ligament rupture.
Crystal Palace Team News
Roy Hodson will set to benefit from a lack of injuries in his squad. Winger Wilfried Zaha has been gaining form in the current squad and will pose a threat to the side’s defense. Jordan Ayew has been preferred as the talisman ahead of Christian Benteke, who has been warming the bench.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides are currently regaining their winning form despite unconvincing results. We predict a low key but engaging clash.
Goals Over 1.5
Ings to Score