Everything you need to know ahead of a crucial Premier League clash at Selhurst Park
CRYSTAL PALACE face a crucial game against Southampton as they sit bottom of the league with no points from their opening four games.
Frank De Boer was sacked after just five games – which is the shortest tenure of games in Premier League history as a manager.
When is Crystal Palace vs Southampton?
Palace take on Saints on Saturday, September 16.
Kick-off is at 12:45.
The Premier League clash will take place at Selhurst Park.
What TV Channel is showing Crystal Palace vs Southampton?
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Coverage will begin at 11:30 and the show will end at 3:15pm.
Alternatively, you can keep up to date on SunSport’s live blog.
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What is the latest team news for Crystal Palace vs Southampton?
The south London side will be without Pape Souare, Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Conor Wickham all of whom have long term injuries.
However James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could make their returns after both suffering with groin strains.
Southampton’s only absentee will be Virgil Van Dijk who still isn’t fit enough for a first team return.
- Crystal Palace have won just two of their 16 Premier League matches against Southampton, (D4 L10), although both victories have come in the last four meetings (both at Selhurst Park).
- Southampton have lost their last two Premier League trips to Selhurst Park to face the Eagles, this after avoiding defeat in their first six there (W3 D3).
- Saints have won three of their last four meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions, losing the other. Indeed, there hasn’t been a draw between the sides in any of the last 16 clashes (6 wins for Palace, 10 wins for Southampton).
- If announced as the new Palace manager, Roy Hodgson (70 years old) would be only the third manager to take charge of a Premier League game in his 70’s after Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson. He would be the first-ever PL manager to be appointed in his 70’s, however.
- Should Crystal Palace lose and fail to score in this game, they’ll be the first top-flight side in history to open a season with five defeats and no goals.
- Crystal Palace’s xG (expected goals) figure in the Premier League this season is 4.73 – suggesting that an average team would have scored five goals from the chances they’ve had. This xG tally is higher than Chelsea’s (4.08), who have scored eight goals.
- The Premier League record for longest time taken by a team to score a goal in a season is 438 minutes, held by Newcastle United in 2005-06. If Crystal Palace don’t score before the 78th minute in this match, they’ll break this record.
- Southampton have failed to score in nine of their last 12 Premier League matches, including three of their four games so far in 2017-18.
- No Southampton player has scored more goals for the club in the Premier League since the start of 2016-17 than Charlie Austin (7 – level with Nathan Redmond), despite the striker only playing 989 minutes in this period (a goal every 141 mins on average).
- Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Southampton, including three in two for Crystal Palace.