The English Premier League kicks-off on Saturday 12 September when Crystal Palace vs Southampton is the only match in Saturday afternoon’s traditional 3.00 kick-off slot.
Crystal Palace started last season well, while Southampton endured a nightmare start that saw them take just 8 points from their opening 12 games. But the fortunes of the two teams changed dramatically throughout the season. That’s why a Southampton win is our tip for Crystal Palace vs Southampton.
The Eagles started last season by winning 15 points from their first 10 games, but manager Roy Hodgson is the favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post have a poor finish. 27 points from their last 28 games is bordering on relegation form and their post-lockdown form is even more worrying. After beginning with a win against a poor Bournemouth side, Palace lost seven straight games before grabbing a point in their final game against Tottenham.
Southampton won an impressive 44 points from their remaining 26 games to finish twelfth, and their post-lockdown form was scintillating. 18 points from their last nine games represents form good enough to qualify for the Champions League and that run included victories over Norwich, Watford, Bournemouth, Manchester City, and Sheffield United.
Southampton’s success last season was down to an amazing record away from home, which saw them win seven of their last 11 matches on their travels. That ties in nicely with an excellent away record against Crystal Palace, which includes 6 victories in 13 Premier League games at Selhurst Park.
The Saints have also won their last three away games against The Eagles, with the latest being a 2-0 win back in January. They also won by that score the previous season, while it was 1-0 the season before that.
Goals continue to be a problem for Palace, who scored just 31 goals last season. They scored just three in their final eight games and two of those were against Chelsea. 11/4 or better for Southampton to win to nil is very tempting but, with The Saints not generally renowned for keeping clean sheets, our Crystal Palace vs Southampton tip is Southampton to win.
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