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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
00:59 1st July 2015

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton vs Crystal Palace

Setting the scene

Southampton head into their final game of the season, against Crystal Palace on Sunday at St Mary’s, knowing they can still finish fifth in the Barclays Premier League.

Ronald Koeman’s men equalled their best-ever Premier League points tally of 60 last weekend, as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

They now welcome Palace to St Mary’s knowing a win could see them finish as high as fifth, depending on the results of West Ham United and Manchester United on the same day.

Palace meanwhile will head to the south coast with their Premier League safety assured and one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Earlier in the season, Alan Pardew’s side beat Saints 1-0 at Selhurst Park, as Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal of the game to seal all three points for the Eagles.

Team news

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Jordy Clasie is the only man Saints will be without against the Eagles.

For the visitors, Joe Ledley is out after fracturing his leg last weekend, while Yohan Cabaye and Wilfried Zaha are both nursing minor injuries.

Key man

DR Congo international Yannick Bolasie is Crystal Palace’s main man going forward, and will be one to watch when they visit St Mary’s on Sunday.

The 26 year-old has made 30 appearances so far this season, scoring in wins against Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United before Christmas.

After a spell out through injury, Bolasie returned to help Palace turn their form around, with wins against Norwich City and Watford, in which he scored, ensuring their safety in the Premier League.

With the FA Cup final next weekend, Bolasie could well be one of those rested by Alan Pardew at St Mary’s, but should he feature,  Saints will need to be wary of the tricky winger.

Stat attack

Dušan Tadić has been directly involved in eight goals in his last four Premier League games (scored two, assisted six).

Southampton have won seven and lost just one of their last nine Premier League games at St Mary’s.

Yohan Cabaye has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Southampton; including the winner at Selhurst Park earlier this season.

Only West Ham United (15) have scored more headed goals this season in the top flight than Southampton (14).

Did you know?

Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win against Southampton at Selhurst Park earlier this season was their first victory in the Barclays Premier League against Saints. Before that, Southampton had won eight of the previous 12 meetings – including last season both home and away – with four draws.

Follow the action 
Tickets for the game against Crystal Palace are now only available via the Ticket Exchange.

You can follow all the action from Sunday's game via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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