Hoping to continue on from where they left off at the back end of last year’s campaign, Southampton will be looking to get off to a flying start when they travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
Last seen back in July when signing off the extended 2019/2020 campaign with a 3-1 romp against Sheffield United on the South Coast, the Saints marched on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the summer, a run that saw them take points off of both Manchester United and Manchester City.
On the flip side, while Palace might have endured what was a worrying end to last year’s campaign and really found themselves freefalling down the standings, they have enjoyed a real summer boost.
Unbeaten in all four of their pre-season contests and collecting three wins on that run, we could potentially be in for a cagey encounter as the two sides make their Premier League returns this weekend.
With each of the last four straight meetings between the two sides seeing under 2.5 goals by the final whistle, a similar outcome in South London on Saturday can be found priced at 4/6 with Paddy Power.
Zaha to lead the charge?
While Crystal Palace might have managed to snatch a 1-1 draw off of Spurs as they signed off last year’s campaign, Roy Hodgson’s men had shown plenty of cause for concern after marking their return from the enforced break.
Remarkably collecting just a single point over any of their final eight top-flight appearances, there is no doubt that the former England boss will be calling on attacking talisman Wilfried Zaha to lead their charge at Selhurst Park this weekend.
Although there might have been a string of speculation surrounding his future in South London, the Ivory Coast international has really caught the eye during the Eagles’ pre-season preparations.
Once again finding the net in Palace’s 1-1 draw against Danish outfit Brondby last week, the 27-year-old found the net in three of their four pre-season outings and showed be raring to go on Saturday afternoon.
You might be interested to know that Zaha is currently priced at 5/2 with William Hill to open his Premier League account with a strike in the capital this weekend.
The return of Danny Ings
Last seen back in July when signing off the 2019/2020 campaign with a thumping 3-1 victory against surprise package Sheffield United, Southampton really shocked many with their exploits after return from football’s enforced break.
Including what turned out to be a famous 1-0 victory at home against former champions Manchester City, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men stormed on a seven-match unbeaten run and really had one leading marksman to thank for their glittering purple patch.
Only finishing just a single strike behind lifting the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season, Danny Ings was rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad and will undoubtedly lead Southampton’s charge in the capital.
Once again finding the net against the Blades on the final weekend of fixtures earlier in the summer, the one-time Liverpool striker recorded 22 top-flight goals last season, including signing off his campaign with three strikes on the bounce.
Recording seven post-lockdown goals and simply hoping to carry on from where he left off back in July, you might be interested to know that Ings is priced at 11/10 with Bet365 to open his account in South London this weekend.