Southampton will look to win their third straight Premier League match against Palace when the two teams meet at St Mary’s on January 2. The Saints are without a victory in their last three league games on home soil, however, and will welcome a Palace team that are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures on the road. That said, Palace have only won one of their last five games against Southampton.
Southampton are available at 10/11 as they look to win their first home Premier League match since the 4-1 success over Everton on November 26. They have drawn with Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, and lost to Leicester City in their last three at St Mary’s. The Saints have one of the poorer home records in the Premier League this season, which will be a concern for head coach Mauricio Pellegrino.
Palace are available at 15/4 as they look to build on what has been a strong run of form on the road. The Eagles have improved considerably since Roy Hodgson took charge of first-team affairs, and they will enter the clash with Southampton having drawn with Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City, and beaten Leicester in their last four on the road.
The draw is available at 27/10 but these two teams have not shared the points since a Championship match in February 2008. There has been a winner in each of their last nine Premier League meetings, but it is worth noting that Palace have almost become the draw specialists on the road in recent matches.
Shane Long is 24/5 to open the scoring against Palace. Austin’s continued absence could see the Republic of Ireland international lead the Southampton line once again. The forward is also available at 12/1 to net two or more goals against the Eagles.
Wilfried Zaha is 17/2 to open the scoring. The attacker has been in terrific form for Palace in recent weeks, and certainly has the potential to cause Southampton’s back four all sorts of problems. It is 16/5, meanwhile, that Zaha nets at any point during the 90 minutes of football.
Predicted Score: Southampton 2 - 2 Crystal Palace
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The to score in both halves market has some excellent value. Palace can be backed at 5/1 to net in both halves against Southampton, while the Saints are 21/10 in the same market. It should be an open and entertaining affair at the start of 2018.
Correct score of 2-2 can be backed at 16/1. Southampton have already drawn four of their 11 home Premier League matches this season, while Palace have drawn three of their last four on the road. There is not an awful lot between the two sides, and that could produce an entertaining draw on January 2.
It’s a long shot, but:
Palace to win 3-0 is available at 66/1. The Eagles beat Leicester 3-0 at the King Power Stadium earlier this month, and are a team set up to counter-attack. Southampton’s back four – now without Liverpool-bound Virgil van Dijk – could be in for a tough night.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.