Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Southampton vs Crystal Palace England League Cup Match Preview, Prediction, Live Stream, TV Info 2016

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Claude Puel finally managed to get his first Premier League win of the season when Southampton hosted Swansea on Sunday. A Charlie Austin goal 25 minutes from the final whistle was enough to open the scoring and seal the three points for Southampton, and this could prove a turning point in the season for them.

They began the campaign with alternating draws and defeats to Watford, Manchester United, Sunderland, and Arsenal, but last week they got their first victory of the campaign when they comprehensively beat Sparta Prague 3-0 at St. Mary’s.

Sunday saw them make it two in a row, and if they can bag a 3rd consecutive victory on Wednesday they would find themselves in good form as they look forward to the rest of the season.

However, Crystal Palace won’t be pushovers. The visitors, who enjoyed a fantastic start to last season before being dragged into a brief relegation battle, have shown some excellent form this season.

They lost their opening two matches 1-0 against West Brom and Spurs, and many of the Selhurst Park faithful thought another difficult season was lying ahead of them. However, a 2-0 win over Blackpool in the League Cup seems to have sparked them into life.

Crystal Palace followed this victory with a 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth, but a hard fought 2-1 win over Middlesbrough followed to give them their first Premier League win of the season, with new big money signing Christian Benteke finding the net for the first time. They followed this on Sunday with a 4-1 thrashing of the dismal Stoke, with four separate scorers finding the net in a thoroughly one-sided affair.

Southampton will prove a much tougher test to Crystal Palace though. Despite having only recently got back to winning ways at St. Mary’s, they are still unbeaten in their last 11 outings at home, with seven of them ending in a victory. Both sides are likely to rest some players in the League Cup, but I expect to see a fairly strong side fielded by both of them as well.

Crystal Palace looked excellent going forward on Sunday and will have gained a lot of confidence from notching four goals. They have scored in nine of their last 12 competitive away days as well, despite their relatively poor form on the road. Southampton have seen both sides find the back of the net in eight of their last ten competitive games at St. Mary’s as well, so backing Both Teams to Score at 3/4 looks good value to me. I fancy Southampton to get the win though, so I’m backing a 2-1 correct score prediction at 15/2.

Head To Head
Recent history between Crystal Palace and Southampton has been very even, with both teams winning three and losing three of their last six encounters.

Both teams have scored in 80% of Southampton's last ten home games in competitive football.

Team News
Jay Rodriguez is expected back after picking up a knock, but new signings Sofiane Boufal and Jeremy Pied are out with knee injuries.

Pape Souare is out until April with a broken thighbone he suffered in a car crash last week. Loic Remy and Fraizer Campbell are also going to miss out, but Palace are hopeful that Connor Wickham, Yohann Cabaye, and Bakary Sako are fit to play.

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