Southampton are attempting once again to get back on track as they get ready to host Crystal Palace on St. Mary’s stadium. Some time ago the hosts were third in Premier League, sure of a Champions League qualification and winning against Arsenal, now they are 6th in the table and at least five points from a direct Champions League qualification.
Last year, home matches were what Southampton could count on for the three points, this year they have three defeats in the last five home matches and two draws. By facing Crystal Palace, they face the same team who sent them home from the FA Cup at the end of January. Alderweireld could finally make a return to the squad, while everyone is left wondering why Southampton suddenly became so shy in front of the goal since they have one of the best midfielders in the league. Many fans attribute Southampton’s drop in form to the fact that the team relies too much on Pelle to deliver, and are limited in options should the striker be absent or in a bad shape.
Crystal Palace are displaying the same mixed results as their opponents and are currently residing on the 12th place in the table. After two defeats in a row with the same 1-2 score against Arsenal and Liverpool, they went on to win with 3-1 against West Ham. Sanogo, Thomas, Williams, Campbell and Chamakh are all absent due to injuries while Murray is suspended. Mutch is under doubt after being forced off the field against West Ham and tipsters are speculating Gayle could be headlining the visitor’s forward line.
The Saints won against Crystal Palace in the first half of the season, but they also won two out of the last six matches which could see the visitors trying to capitalize on said form. A tight match is to be expected from both teams, but the bookmakers favor Southampton to win with 1.70 odds, Crystal Palace with 5.25 and a draw has 3.65 odds. We are going to bet 8 units on both teams to score with 2.15 odds from Titan Bet. If you prefer the goalscorer market the odds are as followed: Pelle has 2.10 odds to score, Mane 2.25, Long 2.30 and Tadic with Elia both have 2.75 odds to score. For Crystal Palace Gayle has 4.00 odds to score, Ameobi 4.33 and Puncheon with Bolasie both have 4.50 odds as anytime goalscorers.