A good performance in the third round of the 2015-16 FA Cup will help Southampton to forget their poor results in the Premier League. They will host Crystal Palace this Saturday, January 9th at St. Marys’ at 15:00.
The Saints are located in the 13 the place in the standings with 24 points, only seven away from the relegation zone. They come to this game with two straight defeats in the local tournament, and they have won one of their past nine. Their only victory in that span was two weeks ago when they beat Arsenal, the current leader of the league, by 4-0 at home.
They have won four of the 10 games played at St. Mary’s in the league this season, scoring 17 goals and allowing 13. During their bad streak, they were eliminated in the Capital One Cup by Liverpool after losing 6-1 in their pitch.
Despite their poor performances, the team led by Dutch manager Ronald Koeman is favorite to win this game at home. They are listed with 2.0 Odds, while the Eagles are with 4.86, and the draw is with 3.7.
These teams have played seven times in the FA Cup, and Crystal Palace have the lead with four wins and one draw. The last time was one year ago, and the Eagle won 3-2 at St. Mary´s with two goals from Marouane Chamakh and one from Yaya Sanogo.
In the first meeting of this season, Alan Pardew’s side got the three points at Selhurst Park by 1-0 thanks to a score from Yohan Cabaye. The last time both squads met at St. Mary´s was nine months ago, and the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Sadio Mane with seven minutes left to play. Southampton lead the all-time series with 37 wins and 16 draws in 78 games played.
The Saints are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 2.9 Odds to win this game by two or more goals and with 3.75 to do it by one. Crystal Palace are rated at 6.5 to get the victory by the minimum difference ante score draw is with 5.0.
The Eagles have had a good first half of the season, and they are in the seventh spot in the table with 31 points. Away from home, they have five wins, two draws and two defeats, allowing only seven goals, the fewest by a team in the league so far.
They are also in a bad streak, as they have not been able to win in their past three games and last weekend they fell 3-0 to Chelsea at home. They have not scored in any of those matches.
Italian striker Graziano Pelle heads the FA Cup Betting Odds to open the scoreboard in this game, and he is listed with 5.0. Shane Long follows him with 6.0 and Sadio Mane with 6.5.
Both teams have struggled in the last month, but take the Eagles to leave St. Mary’s with a victory and extend Southampton’s bad streak. They will be in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the third straight year.