The first Saturday of Premier League action after coronavirus concludes with the competition’s first ever live match on the BBC as Bournemouth welcome Crystal Palace to the Vitality Stadium.
Eddie Howe’s side went into lockdown within the relegation zone, but they’re level on points
with 16th-placed West Ham United and 17th-placed Watford after 29 games of the season.
Roy Hodgson’s side had won three on the bounce, pushing them up to 11th within the table and, remarkably, just two points off London rivals Tottenham in eighth.
But while Palace were pushing towards a eu spot, Eddie Howe and Bournemouth were desperately fighting for Premier League survival.
Bournemouth sit 18th and within the relegation zone – a win against Palace could prove vital.
The Eagles haven’t before won four top-flight games during a row without conceding then could make a slice of club history this
weekend, while they last won four Premier League games during a row almost two years ago.
The flurry of points lifted Palace comfortably faraway from danger and that they need just one more point to succeed in the magic 40-
point mark, although their Premier League status for next season is effectively secured already.
Roy Hodgson could have loftier ambitions for his side than merely avoiding relegation too – victory on Saturday could lift Palace as
high as eighth, above Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, and not entirely out of contention for a eu spot.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Team News
Howe has confirmed that he will not select contract rebel Ryan Fraser,
who has refused to sign a short-term extension to his current deal and can therefore leave on June 30.
Simon Francis, Andrew Surman, Artur Boruc and Charlie Daniels have all put pen to paper on contracts to ascertain them through to the top of the campaign,
though, and every one but the injured Daniels are expected to be available.
Howe could also welcome long-term absentee David Brooks back to his squad, while Phillip Billing is about to undergo a late fitness test on an ankle injury.
Callum Wilson was in propriety before lockdown, netting three goals in his last six games,
but he has scored just one occasion in his last 10 home Premier League outings.
Crystal Palace are blessed a clean bill of health after three months off,
with Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins among the players once more available to Hodgson.
Jordan Ayew is predicted to steer the road again having earned his side 14 points together with his eight league goals this season –
without that haul, the Eagles would sit below Bournemouth in 19th.
Indeed, Palace are unbeaten in matches where Ayew has scored this term,
and that they also will hope to possess a goal threat from Patrick van Aanholt, who scored home and away against the Cherries last season.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Line Up
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Ramadale; A Smith, S Cook, Ake, Rico; King, Billing, Lerma, L Cook, Stanislas; C Wilson
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Sakho, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha
Southampton vs Crystal Palace H2H
Palace are looking to finish a league double Bournemouth for less than the third time. this is often the 37th season they have been within the same league.
Bournemouth have 29 wins to Crystal Palace’s 25. There are 19 draws.
It was the house side who ran out victorious within the reverse fixture, with Jeffrey Schlupp handing Palace a 1-0 win.
The Eagles have won only four of their previous 36 away league visits to Bournemouth (D10, L22).
Date, time and venue
Southampton vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
The match will be behind closed doors at Selhurst Park, with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch Southampton vs Crystal Palace
TV channel: The match will be one of four games shown live for free on BBC during the remainder of the season. It will be shown on BBC One.
Live stream: The match will also be available via BBC iPlayer on Saturday, with the highlights also being shown on Match of the Day at 10:35 pm
8:15pm, Tuesday 11th May 2021.
St. Mary’s Stadium.