Crystal Palace will be aiming to kick off their Premier League campaign in style when they take on Southampton at their Selhurst Park.
(African Stand) —The Eagles did well to sign talented attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze from QPR, and the summer signings are widely expected to shine in the upcoming season. The capital club, though, will, as always, rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match.
The Saints, on the other hand, finished the last season in the 11th place in the standings, and, no doubt, they are eyeing a top-ten finish this time out.
The likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu are Southampton’s biggest signings of the summer. Considering that the likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, and Christian Benteke are sidelined with injury for the hosts, we are tempted to put our money on Southampton.
The Eagles finished nine points clear of the relegation zone last season, despite finishing the campaign in poor form. Roy Hodgson’s team failed to win any of their last eight games of last season, suffering seven defeats.
Palace’s main problem towards the end of the campaign was conceding too many goals, as the home side conceded at least twice in five of their final six league matches. At the other end of the pitch, the only the bottom of the table Norwich scored fewer goals than Hodgson’s team in the Premier League.
The visitors have won just two of their previous 12 away games in the English top-flight, having lost their previous four league matches on their travels, failing to score in any of the defeats.
The Eagles have moved to strengthen their options by bringing in attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze from Championship club QPR. The youngster could help the home team’s attacking efforts. Young defender Nathan Ferguson has also arrived on a free transfer from West Brom.
The visitors finished last season in good form, with highly-rated boss Ralph Hasenhuttl’s influence bearing fruit with results. The team from the south coast finished 11th place in the table after mounting a seven-game unbeaten run at the end of the campaign, winning their final two league games against Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
The Saints started to look a major goal threat towards the end of the season, scoring at least two goals in their final four league games. Star striker Danny Ings ended the campaign with an impressive 22 Premier League goals. The striker’s performance led to the former Liverpool star being named in the England squad for the recent Nations League games.
The visitors were solid on their travels towards the end of the campaign, as they claimed victories in seven of their final 11 matches on the road in the English top-flight.
Southampton has strengthened their squad with the signings of full-back Kyle Walker-Peters and center-back Mohamed Salisu, who will add to Hasenhuttl’s defensive options in the new campaign.
Palace have been unable to add majorly to their squad in the current window. However, the addition of Eze is an interesting one. There is a major feeling of positivity at Southampton after their stellar finish to last season. Hasenhuttl’s team will be looking for a top-half finish this season.
The first bet we are recommending is the away win, as the break is short enough for the Saints to take the positive momentum into this season. We also believe that this game will be low-scoring, so we are backing under 2.5 goals scored.