Southampton have lost seven of their last 11 Premier League matches yet they are comfortably odds-on against a team that have won four in a row and who come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win at the champions elect.
Big Sam looks to have turned Palace’s season around as only he can do but even before he arrived his side had a good record on the road. Since the start of last season Palace have won six of their 16 matches travelling to middle-third teams. This is perhaps less surprising when we consider how good they are on the counter attack which is much more suited to playing away.
Southampton’s main problems have been going forward. They’ve scored more than once just twice in their 13 games at St Mary’s. Those two games were both hosting out of form sides (Burnley and Leicester). At Chelsea, Palace started Benteke, Zaha, Pucheon, Townsend and Cabaye. Few other managers would have been as bold as Allardyce when traveling to the best team in the league. With the first two of those starting Palace tend to net. They’ve failed to score in just five of the 22 games that Benteke and Zaha have started. With Sakho at the back, Palace also look a lot more secure so they will be confident of getting at least a point here.
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