Crystal Palace vs Southampton 12/12/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Predictions
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
Saturday 12th December 2015 10:00(ET)
The Line: Crystal Palace 8/5 Draw 23/10 Southampton 2/1 See the Latest Odds
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A couple of weeks ago I would have been making a case for Southampton here as they were in the midst of a nine game unbeaten run and were rocketing up the table instead though the Saints have now lost three of their last four and couldnt beat Aston Villa last weekend the team that are rock bottom of the Premier League. Ronald Koeman has assembled a good team here but for some reason Southampton are really struggling at the moment. I do think that injuries played a part in recent poor performances but I think that Pelle, Tadic and Mane are still among the best front three's in the Premier League. Southampton will look to get a result here in what is going to be a tough game, Selhurst Park is a tough place to go and get a result especially in recent weeks.
Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace have bounced back after a couple of poor performances, the Eagles got the tactics spot on against Everton hitting them on the counter attack and almost gettin a win in a game that Everton dominated possession and chances created. Defensively Palace are sound, tough to break down with a good goalkeeper and solid strong center halves. Palace have struggled to score goals though and none of their strikers have found the net yet this season. Cabaye, Bolasie, Zaha and center half Dann have shared the goals around but really Pardew's men need to get more from their strikers. I personally think Chamakh is their best striker but Wickham and Gayle give something different to the team when they start and perhaps it's just finding the best fit for the individual match ups.
While I think Southampton are better than their recent results I cant take them against an inform Crystal Palace who ripped Newcastle apart here two weeks ago. Getting 8/5 on Palace is impossible to turn down.