28 December 2019 live
Currently the third-best disciplined Premier League (PL) side with 1.32 bookings per-match on average, Southampton won a much tougher fixture ‘on paper’ back on Boxing Day. However, the ‘Saints’ have still only won half of the league matches started as favourites at home this season (W2, L2).
In addition to that somewhat underwhelming record, Southampton have also picked up a joint league-low seven points on home turf. However, six of that seven-point haul came in their last three such games, four of which were earned from losing half-time positions.
Without a goal in 192 minutes of league football away from home, Crystal Palace enjoyed a Boxing Day victory themselves, scoring twice for the first time in five games (W2, D2, L1). Notably though, Palace have scored exactly two goals in four of the five away league games in which they avoided defeat this season (W3, D2, L4).
Eight of Palace’s 17 league goals (47.06%) this season have been scored beyond the 75th minute (76’-FT). However, the majority of their conceded goals have also come after half-time (61.90%) for an average of 1.37 total goals per second-half (PL only).
Players to watch: Danny Ings has scored seven goals across his last eight appearances, including in three of Southampton’s last four home league games.
Jordan Ayew scored in three of Palace’s only four away league games in which the team found the net, two of which came after half-time.
Stat attack: Southampton have been losing at half-time in all but one home league game this season (HT: W1, L8).
Roy Hodgson has won just two of his seven H2Hs with Southampton (W2, D1, L4). All defeats came without a goal from his side on the day.
Four of Palace’s last seven away points have been earned from losing positions.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.