Crystal Palace face Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
The Premier League season begins on Saturday with Crystal Palace hosting Southampton at Selhurst Park. Palace finished 14th a season ago and will look to finish in the middle of the table again this season. The Saints finished 11th last season.
Manager Roy Hodgson has made Crystal Palace one of the more conservative clubs in the Premier League. Palace scored only 31 goals last season, the second-fewest in the Premier League. However, they only allowed 50 goals, the ninth fewest. Hodgson’s decision to attack conservative will likely keep Palace from being relegated but will also limit how high they climb the table. Wilfried Zaha can be one of the more enjoyable players to watch when he is free to roam and attack. Palace fans will have to hope that Hodgson loosens the reigns and allows his team more chances to attack.
Southampton were one of the best teams following the June restart last season. In their final nine games of the season, the Saints picked up 18 of a possible 27 points. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will look to build on last season’s strong finish. This season, Southampton will look to improve defensively after conceding 60 goals a year ago. Upfront, Danny Ings will lead the attack. Ings was incredible last season, scoring 22 goals. The Saints will have to replace former captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was sold to Tottenham in the summer. Southampton will have to answer the question of who replaces Hojbjerg in their first game of the season.
The Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton will be broadcast on NBCSN. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports Gold, which you can access with a subscription.
Southampton are unbeaten in their last four games against Crystal Palace. The Saints have won twice and drawn twice with the Eagles over the past two seasons.