The Eagles were most recently thumped by Everton, but before that they had won two of their last three. With just one point separating the two teams, it is sure to be an interesting affair and tactical battle between Patrick Vieira and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
In goal, Gavin Bazunu is unlikely to be displaced any time soon for the Saints, having been ever-present in the Premier League. He will sit behind an unchanged back four, with Mohammed Salisu and Duje Caleta-Car deputising for the injured Armel Bella-Kotchap at centre-back.
A flat four in midfield will underpin Hasenhuttl’s system, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles returning after missing out last week due to the conditions of his loan move from Arsenal.
Having been dubbed a “huge talent” last year by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, fans on the south coast will be hoping that the 25-year-old now picks up some form and is handed a run of games to prove himself, having started only three league matches since coming to St Mary’s.
He partner James Ward-Prowse in the engine room, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and last week’s goalscorer Stuart Armstrong on the flanks.
Whilst Hasenhuttl opted for a more conservative approach last week, Joe Aribo will drop to the bench today in favour of a strike partnership of Adam Armstrong and the returning Che Adams.
The former Rangers man can offer a fine option as a substitute, but the relentlessness of this attacking duo is Southampton’s best bet at unsettling a Palace side who were harassed into a 3-0 loss at Goodison Park a week ago.
Predicted Southampton XI (4-4-2): Bazunu; Lyanco, Salisu, Caleta-Car, Perraud; Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Maitland-Niles, S. Armstrong; A. Armstrong, Adams