Southampton will be aiming to bounce back from two consecutive defeats when they host a Crystal Palace side that is yet to lose away from home under Alan Pardew.
Manager Ronald Koeman’s decision to make changes to his Southampton side’s formation backfired quickly against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, so much so that he reverted to type within a quarter of an hour, by which time the Baggies were already ahead and content to rest on their lead.
Despite having plenty of the ball in the second half and a great chance to level through Graziano Pelle, the Saints could not rescue the game and so they have slipped to sixth in the Premier League table. They are still in the mix, but as outsiders for a Champions League place, they must secure a win here.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace were able to enjoy a fantastic afternoon away to London rivals West Ham United, scoring three goals from set-pieces to earn a memorable and deserved victory. Jason Puncheon was particularly outstanding, claiming all three of the assists and posing a serious threat to the home side throughout.
And with Southampton having struggled at home of late, Palace will undoubtedly fancy their chances. It is not long since they last won at St. Mary’s, having triumphed 3-2 in an FA Cup cracker in January, again proving that on their day, the Eagles attack could cause serious problems for any Premier League defensive unit.
Eljero Elia and Shane Long could regain their places in the starting XI here for Southampton, who welcome back Toby Alderweireld after seven weeks out.
A suspension for Glenn Murray leaves Palace with only Shola Ameobi and Dwight Gayle as their only fit strikers, while Jordon Mutch misses out with a thigh problem.
See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Southampton