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Southampton FC vs Crystal Palace, free match prediction 12 May 2021

12 May 2021 | 00:45 | Southampton, St Mary's Stadium
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A win for Southampton would officially confirm survival against already-safe Crystal Palace

  • Southampton need a win to be sure of safety this season
  • Should 18th place Fulham lose however, they will be safe whatever the result here
  • Crystal Palace confirmed their place in next season’s PL with a win over Sheffield United

Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Southampton, St Mary's Stadium

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs CRYSTAL PALACE Match Preview & Analysis

Both Southampton and Crystal Palace are virtually assured of their place in next season’s Premier League, although Palace are the ones to have officially confirmed that with victory in their last game.

The Saints must be wishing that this dreadful second-half to the season can end as soon as possible, with the club slumping from a brief spell at the top of the league, down to 16th in what felt like no time at all.

They fought bravely in their defeat against Liverpool in their last game, but another defeat confirmed that they have the worst record in the league in 2021 – earning just 11 points.

Crystal Palace have fared marginally better, in the sense that they are three positions and four points better off than their opponents. 

They were impressive as they beat Sheffield United at the weekend, but are destined to finish in the same area of the table which they have occupied for the past few seasons.

Teams Preview

Southampton FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     A win will confirm safety for the Saints

     Striker Minamino will return to the starting line up here

Reasons to be fearful:

     Worst league record so far in 2021

     Lost to Palace on the first day of the season

Such has been the dreadful form that Southampton have suffered through in the second half of this season, not even the motivation of official Premier League safety is likely to spur them on here.

They are in the grey area between already being safe and needing to win in order to secure survival, knowing that any slip up from 18th place Fulham will do the job for them.

The Saints have the worst record in the league in 2021, even worse than Sheffield United, and lost once again to Liverpool in their last game. 

The plus side here is that Minamino will return to the team after being unavailable in the last game, and while Danny Ings may not be risked here, he should be fit for the next game.

Star Man – James Ward-Prowse

Southampton’s confidence is low right now, but Ward-Prowse’s ability from set pieces can provide a spark.

Crystal Palace Preview

Form Guide (all comps): DLLLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Last three defeats have come against top four teams

     Attacking quality was there for all to see against Sheffield United

Reasons to be fearful:

     Little to play for here with survival already secured

     Inconsistencies mean that back-to-back victories are unlikely

Although only against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace were impressive in their last game, using their quality in attack to earn themselves a place in next season’s Premier League for certain.

Unfortunately, they’ve only won back-to-back games twice this season, meaning that Palace have been very inconsistent and have never really got a run of good form going.

Plus, with survival already assured with four games remaining, how high will their motivations level be here? They certainly have the quality to power through the Saints’ defence, as we saw on the opening day of the season when Palace claimed victory over their opponents.

Here, Hodgson may be tempted to rotate one or two of his players to ensure injuries are kept to a minimum in the last few weeks of the season.

Star Man – Eberechi Eze 

Was terrific at the weekend, setting up the first goal inside a minute from kick off before netting one of his own later in the game.

SOUTHAMPTON FC vs CRYSTAL PALACE Winning Prediction

     Palace could capitalise on Saints low confidence

     Will be tight at both ends

     A draw may suit both sides

With Southampton due to play 18th place Fulham in their next match, they may well decide to put all of their energy into that game and try to play for a point here.

With safety almost secure anyway, it remains to be seen what incentive they have against a Palace side who haven’t been that great this season either.

Palace have the edge in terms of attacking quality, but have been inconsistent all season and rarely win consecutive games.

Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Author: Ross B.