Looking to cash in on their eye-catching end to December, Southampton will hope to make it three wins on the bounce when they welcome Crystal Palace to St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
Shocking almost everyone across the Premier League by snatching three points at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, the Saints have now landed back-to-back victories and have managed to find a route out of the drop zone.
On the flip side, this weekend’s hosts are not the only side who will be boosted by their performance against London rivals West Ham at Selhurst Park earlier in the week.
Ending their three-match winless run and also forcing a way into the top half of the standings, one-time England boss Roy Hodgson has seen his men march on despite a growing injury headache.
You might be interested to know that when the two sides met back in January, Palace and Southampton played out a 1-1 draw on the South Coast and another stalemate can be found at 5/2 with William Hill.
Southampton on the rise?
Although many around St. Mary’s were rightfully disappointed to have seen West Ham pick up a 1-0 win earlier in the month, the Saints have certainly bounced back in some style.
With Head Coach Ralph Hassenhuttl praising his side’s resolve and labelling his squad’s performance at Stamford Bridge a season-best display, their 2-0 win has now seen Saturday’s hosts climb as high as 14th.
In fact, now recording back-to-back Premier League victories, the former RB Leipzig boss has seen his side win four of their last six top-flight matches, one more than in their previous 20 games.
With the mood on the South Coast once again on the rise, there is no doubt that Hassenhuttl will recall leading marksman Danny Ings to his starting XI after being rested on Boxing Day.
Already bagging 13 goals across all formats this season, you might be interested to know that the one-time Liverpool striker can be found priced at 21/20 with Paddy Power to extend on his purple patch this weekend.
Palace show their resolve
Snatching the most dramatic of late winners against West Ham to clinch a deserved 2-1 victory in South London, the Eagles once again find themselves in the top-10 and flirting with the European spots.
With Hodgson quick to praise the overall performance of Thursday’s match-winner Jordan Ayew, the 28-year-olds Boxing Day strike will undoubtedly be a leading contender among the Goal of the Month nominees.
Ending his barren run at Selhurst Park, you might be interested to know that Ghana striker can be found pencilled in at 11/4 with Betfair to find the net in back-to-back appearances this weekend.
Sadly for Saturday’s traveling support, the Eagles are still dealing with an ever-growing injury list.
Palace were already without the likes of Scott Dann, Gary Cahill, Joel Ward, Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp.
Striker Christian Benteke was also ruled out of their trip to the South Coast with a muscle injury that Hodgson said would sideline the Belgian for a “few weeks”.
Defender Patrick van Aanholt was then substituted in the second half against West Ham on Boxing Day after pulling up with a hamstring injury.