Kick-off: 1500, 12/09/2020
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Southampton have found Selhurst Park a happy hunting ground in recent years, winning on their last three Premier League visits to Crystal Palace.
Saints finished last season strongly and are fancied to start the new campaign in a positive manner against a goal-shy Eagles outfit.
Punters can get 31/20 for an away win here and that is our first Crystal Palace vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace signed off with a decent 1-1 draw against Tottenham at this venue, which saw them close in 14th place.
However, a run of seven straight defeats had preceded that effort, with the Eagles failing to score in six of those fixtures.
Eberechi Eze comes in from QPR for a fee that could rise to £20million, having scored 14 goals in 46 Championship appearances last term.
Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “Eberechi is a player whose development we have followed closely.
“We are delighted he has chosen to sign for us over the other clubs that were interested and we feel that this is the right club for him to continue his development.”
Roy Hodgson still has a big job on his hands trying to improve Palace’s attacking prowess, though, and they are among the favourites for relegation this time around.
Looking at the Crystal Palace vs Southampton odds, we like 31/10 for the visitors to prevail by a one-goal margin.
Eze has returned to training after a groin injury and, while he is lacking match fitness, he will be part of the squad alongside Michy Batshuayi, who joined on loan from Chelsea on Thursday.
Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho (all hamstring), Patrick Van Aanholt (shoulder), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Christian Benteke (foot) and Connor Wickham (unspecified) miss the clash and Scott Dann is a doubt with a knock.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton were among the Premier League’s form teams following the return from lockdown, losing just one of their last nine games and picking up five wins during that period.
Beating Manchester City was their most notable achievement, while a 3-1 triumph over Sheffield United on the final day also reads well.
Danny Ings scored a late penalty versus the Blades to take his tally to 22, finishing just one behind Golden Boot hero Jamie Vardy.
Losing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham was a disappointment, but keeping Spurs full-back Kyle Walker-Peters following a successful loan spell softens the blow.
Mohammed Salisu comes in from Real Valladolid for £10.9m to bolster the defensive ranks, having been a target for Ralph Hasenhuttl back in January.
Saints finished last season nine points above Palace in 11th and nine of their 15 victories were achieved on the road.
This could be tight early on, but 5/1 for Draw HT/Southampton FT completes our Crystal Palace vs Southampton betting tips.
Southampton will be without Stuart Armstrong, who suffered a thigh injury on international duty with Scotland.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1-1 Tottenham – Jeffrey Schlupp
SOUTHAMPTON 3-1 Sheff Utd – Che Adams (2), Danny Ings (pen)
Head-to-head: Palace 0-2 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Palace, Southampton 1-1 Palace, Palace 0-2 Southampton
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