Palace got a respectable point last weekend against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and Tony Pullis could use a similar lineup for the visit of Southampton. The Eagle are also quite solid at home, so expect a rigid display against an attacking Saints side.
Southampton (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Lallana, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez, Davis, Lambert
Luke Shaw made his debut for the English national team against Denmark with Adam Lallana also featuring. Mauricio Pochettino shouldn’t make much changes, even if they lost 3-0 to a high flying Liverpool. He can also be buoyed by the return of Gaston Ramirez, who could fill the ‘in the hole’ position if Kelvin Davis’ injury sustains.
Crystal Palace have failed to score in their last four league games against Southampton.
— Aliu John (@aliu_john) March 6, 2014
— Tom Blake (@TBlake7) March 1, 2014
I don’t think that Luke Shaw is worth £30 million as of yet, but I do believe that it’d be a great long term investment.
— Liam (@OffsideLiam) March 7, 2014
A fan captures Rickie Lambert’s inch perfect free kick against Crystal Palace earlier this season. GET IN THERE!
It’s hard to look beyond Adam Lallana. The Saints captain has been in great form this season and after two blanks, he could be back on track with a goal or an assist in this fixture.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton: An Alternative Preview
Crystal Palace have scored 21% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches; the highest proportion in the Barclays Premier League.
Rickie Lambert has scored three goals in his last two league appearances against Palace.