Southampton Vs Crystal Palace Betting: Both Teams to Score – 28 December 2019

St Mary's record implies clean sheets are unlikely?

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Southampton Vs Crystal Palace

Saturday 28th December 2019 – 15:00 Kick-Off
English Premier League
Pick: Both Teams to Score
Odds: 19/20
Bookmaker: Bet365
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(All betting odds displayed were correct at the time of writing: 27th December 2019 at 12:55)

Preview: Can Southampton, with back-to-back victories registered either side of Christmas, continue their recent resurgence in the Premier League when they welcome a Crystal Palace side to St Mary’s that are five positions and as many points better off?

Southampton Vs Crystal Palace Live Stats & Betting Odds

Southampton Preview – Saints should extend heavenly form?

Across their previous six league matches, only two teams – Liverpool (18) and Man City (13) – have registered more points than Southampton (12). This is now the exalted company The Saints are keeping as their revival under Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to go from strength to strength. The club have risen to 14th in the table, three points clear of a relegation zone that was once their home for much of the campaign following their superb Boxing Day triumph at Stamford Bridge over Chelsea.

Suddenly Southampton (14th – W6 D3 L10, GF23 GA37) are a team reborn. Transformed even. From a side everybody eagerly anticipated playing against to one everyone must now surely be wary of. Fourth placed Chelsea discovered this for themselves a matter of days ago, the Blues consigned to a 2-0 defeat on their own patch thanks to a couple of excellent team goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond. Futhermore, victory was achieved without overly exerting their star man, with top-scorer Danny Ings featuring only as a late substitute.

Fresher for his partial rest, Ings will be raring to go on his swift return to the starting line-up. Only Jamie Vardy (17) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12) have netted more often than the 27-year-old former Liverpool forward (11), who was on target in three of his side’s previous four league victories. Two of these were home successes over Norwich City and Watford, as a pair of 2-1 wins directly preceded the 1-0 loss to West Ham – their only blank in front of goal across their past nine league encounters.

 

Danny Ings First Goalscorer
10/3

Bet365

 

Crystal Palace Preview – Eagles unpredictable proposition on their travels?

Just four teams would collect more points from their previous six Premier League fixtures than Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace (11), whose only loss in this spell was a harsh 1-0 scoreline away at Newcastle United immediately prior to Christmas. A second successive defeat appeared in the offing when falling behind in their Boxing Day clash with West Ham at Selhurst Park. That was until staging a spirited second-half comeback, which was capped off quite brilliantly by Jordan Ayew’s sublime solo goal in the 90th minute.

Crystal Palace (9th – W7 D5 L7, GF17 GA21) returned to the top-half of the league table following that aforementioned success. It was, however, a first win for four games (D2 L1) having previously struggled to record a win during a seemingly kind run of fixtures against Brighton (1-1), Newcastle (L1-0) and Watford (0-0). The latter two were both on the road meaning The Eagles have now managed one away win in the last five (W1 D2 L2) and failed to even score on three separate occasions.

One of the more peculiar statistics has to be Palace’s scoring tendencies away from home so far: in their nine away league games they have either scored exactly two goals (4 times) or none at all (5). A team dangerous enough to trouble the home defences of Arsenal (2-2) and Man Utd (1-2), for example, but one equally capable of frustrating their loyal away support. Recent blanks at both Newcastle and Watford compounding ‘to nil’ away defeats to Chelsea (2-0), Tottenham (4-0) and Sheff Utd (1-0).

 

Southampton Vs Crystal Palace – Key Facts:

  • Despite winning two of their past three matches staged at home, Southampton still possess the worst home record in the Premier League: W2 D1 L6.
  • Away from home so far this season, Crystal Palace can boast of more victories (3 – W3 D2 L4) than their opponents can as hosts (2).
  • Each of the previous three league meetings staged at St Mary’s have produced goals for both teams, with last season’s fixture ending 1-1.

 

 

Betting Summary

This could be a more exciting contest than some are anticipating. Victories on Boxing Day will have lifted morale considerably in both dressing rooms, as Southampton (Evens with Betway) stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to win 2-0 while Crystal Palace (31/10 with BetVictor) left it late to secure a first win for four games at home to West Ham, winning 2-1.

All but two of Southampton’s nine Premier League home games this season have delivered both teams scoring, with seven producing at least three goals. Therefore there is a strong likelihood of Crystal Palace, who have fired more blanks on their travels than not so far but also boast a habit of notching twice in four of nine said encounters, experiencing some joy against a home defence that is still searching for its first shut out of the campaign at St Mary’s.

On current form, though, we have to side with an in-form Southampton, seeking a third straight victory in the Premier League and who have won four of their past six matches. Southampton & Both Teams to Score appeals at 7/2 with Betfair.


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