Southampton – Crystal Palace – Premier League Prediction and Preview: 2nd December 2018
Sotuhampton occupies the 13th position of the Premier League, with 20 points accumulated in 21 championship games. The hosts traveled very poorly, with just two points in the last 4 stages, after the draws with Huddersfield and Manchester United last round. They also earned no less than 5 goals in defeating Tottenham Boxing Day. Southampton’s last success dates back to November when he managed to beat Everton with a 4-1 lead. Englishman C. Austin is the team’s top scorer in the championship, and he has scored 6 times so far. The hosts will not be able to count on Cedric Soares, Ryan Bertrand and Charlie Austin who are injured.
The probable team: McCarthy – Targett, Hoedt, Yoshida, Pied – Lemina, Davis – Redmond, Tadic, Boufal – Gabbiadini
On the other side, Crystal Palace is ranked 17th in the league’s first league in England, the team managing to gather 19 points after 21 stages. The guests are in a continuous drop in shape, with just 2 points accumulated in the last 3 championship games. After a defeat with Arsenal (score 2-3), they gave away the previous stage on their own, 0-0 in front of Manchester City. Ivorian W. Zaha is the best scorer in the championship, with 4 goals scored so far. Connor Wickham, Damien Delaney, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Jeffrey Schlupp will not be on the move due to medical problems.
The probable team: Speroni – Fosu Mensah, Tomkins, Kelly, Souare – Townsend, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus Cheek – Zaha, Benteke
Crystal Palace was able to make the last impression on this field in January of 2016, 2-1 in a match of the English Cup. On the other side, Southampton has only one success recorded in the last 5 official games played on the ground. The two teams fail to impress in this first part of the season, alternating between good and modest evolutions. Both are unsuccessful in the last official games, so the morale of the players is definitely affected. I’m looking forward to a balanced game without the gate and show. Being difficult to predict a winner, I opt for a goal-based prediction, not even excluding a white draw.