Southampton vs Crystal Palace Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Southampton vs Crystal Palace | Tuesday 3 March, 2015 | St Mary’s Stadium | 19.45
Struggling Southampton have lost three of their last five Premier League games after an impressive first half to the season, while the visiting Crystal Palace side have progressed well under new boss Alan Pardew.
Ronald Koeman’s men were previously hopeful of Champions League qualification by the end of the season, but the Saints will now need to fight to qualify for a Europa League bid.
Defender Jose Fonte has urged his side to regroup ahead of the midweek visit from the Eagle’s and trust that they have the players and the skill necessary to overcome their opposition.
However with three defeats in five games Southampton, most recently a 1-0 loss to West Brom on Saturday, Koeman’s side have an uphill battle ahead of them.
The Saints fell back to sixth in the table at the weekend but Fonte believes that the side still have plenty to give, indicating the need for Tuesday’s clash to act as a turning point in their recent downwards spiral.
“As a club we need to stick together because we’ve done fantastically until now and there are still 11 games to go. We all need to keep fighting,” commented the Portuguese defender.
“We need to look at the bigger picture. We’re still in a good position and there’s a lot to play for.
“We know where we want to be as a club, as a team and as a group of players, so Tuesday’s game is massive.
“We have to trust each other and keep working hard on the training ground so that things turn around.”
The return of striker Jay Rodriquez could be just the catalyst needed to help Southampton bring some spark back to their player, particularly with Graziano Pelle regularly misfiring. Toby Alderweireld remains a doubt for Koeman after a month-long absence with a hamstring problem.
Palace have proved to be in good form since Pardew took over at the beginning of the year and they now sit eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Pardew’s men will enter the Tuesday’s clash buoyed by a 3-1 victory against West Ham at the weekend, with the Eagle’s boss commenting, “The away win was so important, it gives us a platform that if we win at least three of our home games we can stay in the division.
“You can’t really ask for any more than that at this stage in your second season in the Premier League.
“We have got ourselves in a greath position and now we have to see it home.”
The Eagles travelled to St Mary’s in January for an FA Cup clash in which they walked out 3-2 winners, however Glenn Murray’s ban due to a red card may throw a spanner in the works for the visitors’ chances this time around.
Pardew will also be without Yaya Sanogo, Marouane, Chamakh and Frazier Campbell who are all out with injuries.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
Palace’s recent improvement in form poses them as worthy opponents for the floundering Saints. We’ll be backing a Palace 2-1 victory at 14/1 with Betway.