Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has written on Betvictor.com that he expects both Southampton and Crystal Palace to score today.
The two Premier League outfits will face each other in the fourth round of the FA Cup at St. Mary’s Stadium.
It promises to be a hugely competitive game between two sides in form, and Owen predicts goals from both teams.
“Two sides in excellent recent form and both go into the game on the back of excellent away wins,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
“The game is a sell-out and I’m not convinced either manager would want a replay for different reasons although the Eagles are hardly playing like a side who have relegation concerns. Expect to see goals.”
The game at St. Mary’s does indeed promise to be entertaining, but Southampton will have the edge.
Even if Saints manager Ronald Koeman makes changes to his team, they will have an advantage as they are playing at home.
Southampton also have the best defensive record in the Premier League so far this season, and one would expect them to stand strong at the back against Palace.
Palace are rejuvenated under manager Alan Pardew and will be full of confidence heading into today’s tie, but the Eagles’ main priority this campaign is to avoid relegation from the English top flight.
The key for Palace today will be not to concede early. If they do, then they will be on the backfoot and hand over all the advantage to Southampton.