Live Match Preview – Crystal Palace v Southampton

Tomorrow’s lunch time kick-off sees Crystal Palace take on Southampton. Palace have failed to score in 8 of their last 9 Premier League matches and have yet to find the back of the net this season. Their poor start lead to Frank de Boer losing his job at the beginning of the week and Saturday’s fixture is Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge.

Palace’s 2 home matches have seen them lose 3-0 to Huddersfield and 2-0 to Swansea and they currently sit 19th on Home form, ahead of Swansea only on alphabetical order.

Southampton’s goal scoring record is not a lot better, having failed to score in 5 of their last 6 Premier League games and all their goals this season came in a 3-2 win over West Ham. They’ve only played one away match so far, as the game at West Ham was switched to a home game, due to the hosting of the World Athletic Championships at their London Stadium. The one away match resulted in a goalless draw with Huddersfield.

In recent years Palace’s have won 2 and lost 3 of their home matches against Southampton, but significantly the 2 wins came in the last 2 renewals of the fixture, the most recent of which resulted in a 3-0 win to Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson hasn’t had a great deal of time to install his style of play on the team, but often when a new manager comes to a club it inspires the players to up their performance and provides a positive impact.

The last time the fixture resulted in a draw was back in 2008, when both teams were in The Championship, but I fancy Palace to get their first point of the season and to me a draw looks the most likely outcome.

My fun bet for the match is the draw, which is currently available at 9/4 with Paddy Power and Betfred.