Top Four Eluding Saints

Graziano Pelle is desperate to regain his goal scoring form. Image courtesy of eurosport.fr

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Southampton v Crystal Palace


St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton

Wednesday March 4 –   5:45am (AEST)

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Southampton and Crystal Palace kick off a big midweek round of EPL fixtures on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Sitting in third place less than a month ago, Southampton looked set for a top four finish. However with their form slumping and failing to get the ball in the net, it seems as though we’re witnessing the beginning of an inevitable drop. The Saints have won just once in their past five matches, scoring just the one goal as their attack continues to weaken. After scoring six goals in the opening eight rounds of the season, offseason signing Graziano Pelle has failed to come close to that sort of form. The Italian striker has shot blanks in his past 10 matches, going more than 900 minutes without a goal. Despite all that, he remains the favourite in the first goal scorer market at .

The Eagles put in one of their best performances of the season on Saturday, leaving Upton Park with a 3-1 win over West Ham. Striker Glenn Murray was involved in everything for Palace, netting a brace before referee Mike Dean sent him for an early shower following two bookable offences. That send-off means he’s suspended for Wednesday’s clash, adding to a long unavailability list, a majority of them being strikers. Jason Puncheon, who spent five years at Southampton before making the switch to Crystal Palace, has been in scintillating form of late. The 28-year-old created all three of his side’s goals against the Hammers on the weekend, and he may come back to haunt his former club.

Southampton were victors when these side’s last met in round 18, cruising to a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park. The Saints have struggled at home recently, however, managing just one win in their past five outings at St. Mary’s.

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