Crystal Palace begin their Premier League season with a home game against Southampton on Saturday (3:00pm kick-off).
The Eagles finished the previous campaign in dismal fashion, losing seven on the trot before drawing with Spurs on the final matchday.
Roy Hodgson will be hoping that relegation form doesn’t spill over to the new season, but his side face a difficult challenge in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s rejuvenated Saints.
The South Coast club picked up four points from Palace last campaign and will be looking to inflict a similar blow when they head to Selhurst Park this weekend.
With Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse returning from international duty for England, they will be chomping at the bit to hear that first whistle.
Where to watch Crystal Palace vs Southampton on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: NBCSN
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Crystal Palace & Southampton’s previous line-ups:
- Crystal Palace (vs Spurs): Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Mitchell; McCarthy, McArthur, Townsend, Schlupp; Ayew, Zaha.
- Southampton (vs Sheff Utd): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Redmond; Adams, Ings.
James Tomkins, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke and Nathan Ferguson are all major doubts for this contest, while new signing Eberechi Eze faces a late fitness test on a groin injury picked up in pre-season. Southampton meanwhile have no big concerns heading into this match.
Southampton’s turnaround under Hasenhüttl was fun to watch, they ultimately breached the 50-goal mark, scoring exactly 20 more than Saturday’s opponents Palace who also attempted 961 fewer passes across last season. Hodgson at least can point to Palace’s defensive record, 50 goals conceded to Southampton’s 60, whilst facing the near exact shots on target inside the penalty area.
Players to watch:
- Crystal Palace: The arrival of Eberechi Eze has somewhat brought a new wave of impetus to south London, but fans will still be tuning in for talisman Wilfried Zaha. The Ivorian trickster has been Palace’s go-to guy across the past few seasons, notching 15 direct Premier League contributions in 2018/19, but last season he underperformed massively by his standards. A return of just four goals and three assists is not the form of a man who feels he should be playing European football for a top team. If he is to reach those heights one day, he will have to first start doing the business for Palace once again.
- Southampton: Danny Ings hogged the spotlight last season, and with good reason, the England international bagged 22 league goals and fired his way back into international contention. Whether he can replicate those devastating exploits this season is another question, but one player who also came into his own during the previous campaign was Che Adams. It took some time for the former Birmingham marksman to get up and running, but once he found his stride in Premier League football he looked a menacing threat. Hasenhuttl will be hoping his marquee 2019/20 signing can now push on and share the goalscoring burden with Ings up top.