Crystal Palace find themselves in a deep turmoil ahead of their home game against Southampton on Saturday.
The Eagles sit at the bottom of the table after losing their opening four games without scoring a goal. Following their 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Sunday, Palace fired manager Frank de Boer and replaced him with former England manager Roy Hodgson.
This decision has received widespread criticism in the media, and Hodgson would now be under even more pressure to produce quick results for the South London side. The Saints are not exactly an easy opponent, but the “new manager” factor could also work in the favour of the hosts in the game. The Eagles were the better side in their last game, against Burnley, but they couldn’t turn their chances into goals.
The Saints are not doing much better themselves and will come in to the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Watford at home. They have failed to score in three out of their four games, and their only points have come through a 3-2 home win over West Ham and a goalless draw at Huddersfield.
A brief look at the recent games of both clubs suggests that one shouldn’t expect too many goals in this fixture.
Last season, both sides won their home games against each other. The Eagles won the corresponding fixture 3-0.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Match Facts
The Saints have faced defeats on their last two trips to Selhurst Park.
The Saints have failed to score in nine of their last 12 league games.
Palace striker Christian Benteke scored a total of three goals in his two league appearances against the Saints last season.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Team News
The hosts will be without the likes of Pape Souare, Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Conor Wickham due to long-term injuries. James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could return to the squad.
For the visitors, centre-back Virgil van Dijk is still lacking match fitness to make the squad on Saturday.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Match Odds
The visitors are favourites to win this one at 8/5 odds and a home win is available at 41/20 odds. However, we are going for a draw in this fixture as our prediction. You can back our pick at the best odds of 23/10 at Paddypower.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Correct Score Odds
A 1-1 draw is the most likely outcome in the game according to bookmakers at 11/2 odds. However, in our preview, we are going for a goalless draw as our prediction. You can get the best odds of 15/2 at Bet365.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
This section is irrelevant as we are going for a goalless draw in our game. However, you can bet at ‘No Goalscorer’ in the game at various betting websites. 188Bet is providing best odds of 79/10 for our betting prediction.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
Our preview is backing under 1.5 goals in this game as our prediction. You can back this betting tip at the best odds of 11/5 at Betfair.