Southampton v Crystal Palace - Five players under the spotlight

In form Southampton welcome newly promoted Crystal Palace to St Mary’s.

The Saints are high in confidence and will be looking to build on an excellent win at Anfield last weekend. Dejen Lovren’s goal gave them all three points in a game they dominated for most parts.

Ian Holloway’s side will be desperate for some points as they sit near the bottom of the table with just one league win to their name so far this season. They sit 19th just two points above struggling Sunderland who they beat at the end of August.

You’ll see Southampton dominate this game and they will also have too much quality for the visitors, it will be a case of two teams going in opposite directions.

Odds: Southampton 1/2, Draw 7/2, Crystal Palace 15/2

Last season’s meeting: N/A

Five players to watch on Saturday:

Luke Shaw

The young England left back has impressed fans and pundits with his performances so far this season, especially against Liverpool last weekend. It will be fascinating to see how he develops over the course of the season and whether he can force his way into the England squad for the World Cup. He’ll have some competition for the position though with Gibbs, Baines and Cole all in his way.

Dejen Lovren

The Croatian centre back scored the winner at Anfield last week and put in an all round good defensive performance. Manager Mauricio Pochettino and Saints fans will be praying he can keep his good form going, it was Southampton’s defensive record that hampered them last season and this campaign we have already seen an improvement.

Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh arrived at Arsenal 3 years ago with a impressive reputation in the French league, sadly it never worked out at the Emirates and he now finds himself playing football at Selhurst Park. He brings top flight experience to the Eagles squad and if he can start scoring goals then he will become very important to the their survival fight.

Julian Speroni

The Eagles goalkeeper has been there through thick and thin with Palace and he is now playing the Premier League once again. He was one of the top goalkeepers in the Championship last season and will need to up his level this year. As the Club captain he will also play a big role in their survival chances, Palace will be relying on him to be rock solid between the goal posts.

Pablo Osvaldo

After joining Southampton for a big fee from Roma it was expected that Osvaldo would take some time to settle into a different culture and British football. Saints fans will hope he can settle in sooner rather than later because his goals can be crucial if they want to push into the top half the Premier League. Will he breakout this weekend against Palace?

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