Mauricio Pellegrino’s team have been plagued with inconsistency so far this season, but the Saints will hope that the turn of the year is marked by a return to winning ways when Crystal Palace visit St Mary’s on Tuesday evening.
With no wins in their last eight Premier League matches and just two victories from their last 10 home fixtures in all competitions, Southampton look somewhat skinny at just 19/20 (1.95) with Betfair Sportsbook to pick up all three points against Crystal Palace.
The Eagles have lost just one of their nine matches, although they will be disappointed at settling for a share of the spoils against Manchester City on Sunday after missing a late penalty in their goalless draw with Pep Guardiola's team; despite that result, the south London side will be determined to see off the Saints.
As such, the 100/30 (4.33) quote on offer from Betfair Sportsbook for Palace to claim a precious win against Pellegrino's team could well represent good value for punters, while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that these two teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
The case for unders:
A tight tussle looks likely when these rivals lock horns, for Southampton have scored more than once in just two of their last 10 matches at St Mary’s and have failed to find the net on no fewer than five occasions at home already this season.
Palace have drawn a blank in eight of their 10 Premier League matches on the road thus far this term and Betfair Sportsbook offer even money (2.0) that either side fails to score on this occasion, while the same firm go 4/5 (1.80) that there are fewer than three goals scored when these teams lock horns.
Tips and Predictions:
With three clean sheets in their last four Premier League matches away from home, Hodgson’s team appear to be well-drilled and the shot-shy Saints could struggle to find a way through against the Eagles.
Palace are still engulfed in a fight to preserve their Premier League status, but they have taken sizeable strides towards safety under the stewardship of the former England manager after their unenviable start to the season.
As such, Betfair Sportsbook’s 10/11 (1.91) quote for Palace to win or draw could well represent good value for punters ahead of this Premier League clash.