FM Preview: Southampton v Crystal Palace 26 Dec 2011
By Footymad Previewer
Updated Sunday, 25th December 2011
This week FootyMad's match preview focuses on the game between Southampton and Crystal Palace at 13:00 on 26th December 2011 in the Championship.
History of the Southampton v Crystal Palace fixture
Crystal Palace pack their bags to visit Southampton at St. Marys at lunchtime on Monday, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Eagles will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 21 and win only 7 of the 35 games.
The previous match played between the two at St. Marys was within the last three years, in April 2009, the Saints carving out a narrow 1-0 victory in a Championship match.
Recent encounters between the teams
|2011/2012||Tue 25 Oct||Crystal Palace||2 - 0||Southampton||League Cup|
|2008/2009||Mon 13 Apr||Southampton||1-0||Crystal Palace||Championship|
|2008/2009||Mon 08 Dec||Crystal Palace||3 - 0||Southampton||Championship|
|2007/2008||Sat 02 Feb||Crystal Palace||1 - 1||Southampton||Championship|
|2007/2008||Sat 11 Aug||Southampton||1 - 4||Crystal Palace||Championship|
|2006/2007||Tue 26 Dec||Southampton||1 - 1||Crystal Palace||Championship|
|2006/2007||Tue 12 Sep||Crystal Palace||0 - 2||Southampton||Championship|
For a detailed analysis of the complete head-to-head record between the two sides, click here
Recent respective form guides
Southampton are unbeaten in their last six home games, winning five of them, and drawing the other one. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 13 goals for the Saints, with 4 goals against.
Crystal Palace have an average recent record on the road, winning and losing 3 each of the last six games. While the Eagles have hit 5 goals, 8 have hit the back of the wrong net.
Southampton are leading the way in the npower Championship, with their 22 games giving them a return of 44 points.
Crystal Palace lie just outside the playoff positions in the npower Championship, picking up 33 from their 22 games so far.
Current overall team form
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Neither team is setting the world alight, and we think this game will result in a narrow home win for the Saints. Home win
|Southampton||Unbeaten in the last 22 home games.
Drawn each of their last 2 games.
Not won in the 3 most recent games.
|Crystal Palace||13 games since last away draw.
Last drawn game 4 outings ago.
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