Kick-off: 2015, 11/05/2021
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Southampton have had a tough run of games recently but now begin a trio of home matches which can help them end the season on a high note.
Saints follow up this visit of Crystal Palace by hosting Fulham and Leeds and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping to take full advantage.
We’re going with 21/20 for a home win as our first Southampton vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have only picked up one point from four Premier League matches, as well as losing out in the FA Cup semi-finals.
However, there has been no lack of effort in their performances and a change of fortune is overdue.
Saints were rocked by a stoppage-time penalty when going down 2-1 at Tottenham before drawing 1-1 with Leicester here after having Jannik Vestergaard sent off early on.
Hasenhuttl’s men were also competitive in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Liverpool, where they had several chances to equalise until the Reds grabbed a last-gasp second.
“We had big chances, definitely,” said the Austrian coach. “This was the difference between the two teams.
“One team is two times clinical and we have several chances, one against one, and we cannot score.
“This is very disappointing for us and when you don’t score, you cannot take something.
“We tried to be brave, tried to play football and we tried to create. Things looked quite good but in the end you end up with nothing.”
Saints have missed hamstring injury victim Danny Ings in the last couple of games but set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse is of interest here.
The Eagles give away a lot of free-kicks in dangerous areas, so 14/5 for the England midfielder to net at any time appeals from the Southampton vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last Saints line-up: Forster, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Armstrong, Adams, Tella, Walcott.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Crystal Palace put their own difficult run behind them when prevailing 2-0 at Sheffield United to make sure of staying up for another season.
Christian Benteke’s early deflected shot and an Eberechi Eze breakaway goal late on gave the Eagles a deserved success.
Roy Hodgson said: “Even though we have been stuck on 38 points for a few weeks, it never occurred to me that we were in a relegation scrap.
“I’m delighted with the win and it gets us over the 40-point mark as well.”
Eze put in another eye-catching display and Palace may face a fight to hold onto him over the summer.
Benteke’s recent form has also been a boost, with the 30-year-old forward making it four goals in 10 club games.
He went close on a couple of other occasions at Bramall Lane and also scored as a substitute in Belgium’s 8-0 rout of Belarus during the last international break.
A saver on Benteke to net again here at 2/1 is worth adding to our Southampton vs Crystal Palace betting tips but we still like 8/1 for a 2-1 home win as well.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Schlupp, Eze, Zaha, Benteke.
Liverpool 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON
Sheff Utd 0-2 CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke, Eberechi Eze
Head-to-head: Palace 1-0 Southampton, Palace 0-2 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Palace, Southampton 1-1 Palace, Palace 0-2 Southampton
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