Pardew returns to his former club tomorrow to pit his wits against current Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and is expecting a fantastic atmosphere.
“They have an outstanding manager and they have great players,” he said. “The team at the moment is up and down a little bit. I think Ronald would certainly look to try and get a more even keel with the team than he has at the moment.
"They have a couple of injuries and a suspension that’s going to impact on his selection, but make no mistake, I’ve managed down there and that crowd makes a difference.
"I’m so pleased we’re taking 5,000 fans. It’s going to make a great atmosphere. The Southampton fans – I love them dearly – make a lot of noise, so it’s going to be a great occasion. It’s probably not high on the agenda for the national media, but for the two clubs I think it’s a very important game.”
Pardew added: “We’re going to try and get a cup run. We’d have liked an easier draw. Southampton away isn’t particularly easy, but we’re looking forward to it.
"We’ve got 5,000 fans going down there and we have a responsibility, and I do to them, to make sure we’re very strong, and I will do."
One of Pardew’s first games in charge of Palace came when the teams met in the fourth round at St Mary’s last season, with the visitors winning a thrilling encounter 3-2 on that occasion.
“It was one of our best performances last year,” said Pardew. “Whether we can replicate that, I don’t know.”