Southampton vs Crystal Palace 01/09/2016 FA Cup Preview, Odds and Predictions
Crystal Palace vs Southampton
Saturday 9th January 2016 10:00(ET)
The Line: Southampton 17/20 Draw 27/10 Crystal Palace 15/4 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bein Sports
Another crackign all Premier League match up in the FA Cup will see Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace travel to Saint Mary's to take on an out of sorts Southampton. Southampton have lost four of their last five games but that win for the Saints was a 4-1 hammering of Arsenal the Premier League leaders in a performance that defies logic. Ronald Koeman's side can be fantastic when they play free flowing football and with Shane Long up front they have a willing worker who gets on top of defenders, hassles players and makes life uncomfortable for defenders. Mane and Tadic play the support roll well and Southampton well look at this game as a winnable one that could turn their season around. A good FA Cup run might be just what Southampton need to get their season turned around.
Crystal Palace in the meanwhile are sitting in the top half of the league just five points away from the Champions League spots, Alan Pardew's team are tough to beat having lost just once in their last seven. With Bolasie, Puncheon, Zaha, Campbell there is lots of talent here and this Crystal Palace team are one of the best counter attacking teams in the league. The FA Cup tie here is one of the games of the round and really we could see anything here. Southampton have struggled so much this season that even at home it's tough to make them heavy favourites over anyone. This is why I think there is alot of value represented in Crystal Palace +1, Palace are an extremely well coached team and tactically they have a very astute manager in Pardew.
I'm going to take Palace on the handicap here in what promises to be a very good game. Cup games are notoriously unpredictable but we'll take the away side here to bounce back from their disappointing performance against Chelsea.