Crystal Palace v Southampton
Palace aiming to rebound from Watford loss
Crystal Palace may have lost two of their opening three games but Roy Hodgson's side have been competitive in every match and arguably should have won more than three points. The Eagles started the campaign with a 2-0 victory at Fulham before title challengers Liverpool had to work hard for their win at Selhurst Park.
Palace were beaten 2-1 at Watford last weekend but the visitors were unfortunate to lose the game after being punished by the clinical Hornets. Ben Foster made several vital saves for the hosts and Hodgson's team probably merited a draw from the match at Vicarage Road. A much-changed Palace side won 1-0 at Swansea in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Saints still looking for first win
Southampton escaped relegation last season following Mark Hughes' arrival but there is every chance the Saints could be embroiled in another struggle to avoid the drop. With just one point from their opening three games, Southampton have made a slow start after defeats against Everton and Leicester which offered little in the way of optimism for supporters.
A worrying trend for Hughes will be his team's record after taking the lead. Southampton have led six times under him in the Premier League but have gone on to lose three of these games and this has to be a concern for the rest of the campaign. The Saints blew a 1-0 lead against Leicester last weekend and their dire form at home, with just one win from 13 league games, needs to improve quickly. Charlie Austin's late goal fired Southampton to a 1-0 win at Brighton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Hosts look solid favourites for maximum points
Crystal Palace should be targeting a top half finish this season and the hosts look strong favourites to defeat Southampton this weekend. The Eagles appear to be on an upward curve while their winless opponents have yet to convince and will struggle to come away with any points from Selhurst Park. The chance to back Palace at 2.021/1 appeals and is well worth an investment.
Southampton are 4.47/2 outsiders for this game but there is not enough evidence to consider siding with them. In the last 12 months, the Saints have won just 13 points on the road from 18 league matches and there has been nothing to suggest this record is likely to improve imminently. It would be a surprise if Southampton got off the mark this weekend.
The draw is available at 3.55 but this bet does not stand out. The last 18 clashes between the teams have produced a victory with the last stalemate coming ten years ago. Palace have drawn just one home game in 2018 and their matches have tended to produce a definitive outcome. A confident wager on the Eagles looks the best bet in this market.
A Palace victory looks the most likely outcome but there is the potential to add value by using Betfair's Same Game Multi option. All of Southampton and Crystal Palace's matches this season have produced under 3.5 goals. The visitors have also failed to score more than a goal in a game. By combining a home win with less than four goals you can boost the odds on a Palace victory to 2.48.
Under Roy Hodgson, winger Wilfried Zaha has been involved in 14 Premier League goals for Crystal Palace scoring 11 times and providing three assists. Zaha is available to back at 15/8 to net this weekend.
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