Crystal Palace face Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday looking for their first ever Premier League win against their opponents at the 13th attempt.
The Eagles’ last league victory against the Saints came back in December 2008, when both sides were competing in the Championship, with Palace claiming a 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park, though they did knock the South Coast side out of last season’s FA Cup at St Mary’s.
Alan Pardew’s side are hoping to improve their disappointing home form, which has so far seen them lose four times on their own turf; only Aston Villa have lost more home games.
No team has scored a higher percentage of their goals from set-pieces than Palace; 45% of the hosts’ strikes this season have been from set play situations.
Southampton travel to Selhurst Park winless in their last three outings, having failed to overcome bottom club Aston Villa at home last weekend.
Their drop-off in form has coincided with Graziano Pelle’s goals drying up; having scored five goals in his opening eight games, the Italian has managed to find the net just once in his past six games.
Alongside Pelle, Sadio Mane will be hoping to continue his record of scoring in every appearance against this weekend’s opponents, having netted in last season’s 1-0 and 3-1 victories for the Saints.
Wilfried Zaha served his suspension against Everton so the winger is set to reclaim his spot, whilst fellow attacking threat Bakary Sako is struggling with a hamstring strain.
For Southampton, Victor Wanyama – who is again being linked with Arsenal as the transfer window approaches – is fit again having overcome an ankle knock, although Fraser Forster and Jay Rodriguez remain on the sidelines.
League Position: Crystal Palace – 6th (23 pts); Southampton – 12th (21 pts)
Last Meeting: Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace (March 3, 2015)
Form: Crystal Palace – LDWLWD; Southampton – DWWLLD
Key Men: Crystal Palace – Yannick Bolasie; Southampton – Sadio Mane
Shoot Says: Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton