Southampton’s fantastic run in 2020 and during Project Restart would have tipped the south coast side to a top six challenge if the league started in January.
Roy Hodgson will be feeling the pressure just from keeping Wilfried Zaha in the squad this transfer window and only signing Eberechie Eze in their attack.
Their defence will be looking at stopping Danny Ings whose return to goalscoring form saw him picked in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and with the delayed European Championships next summer, the former Liverpool man will be looking to make his case loud and clear this season.
The striker is 9/2 to score first at Selhurst Park.
In the midfield, expect Ralph Hasenhuttl to trust Nathan Redmond to improve on his attacking stats. The winger scored five and created six assists – with three coming in the last four matches last season.
Redmond is 11/1 to score first or 17/4 to score anytime with thepools.com.
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In terms of their recent meetings, Palace fans should look away but the pricing suggests otherwise. Palace are 11/5 with thepools.com while their visitors are 13/10 – surprising considering the Eagles have only won once in their last seven outings.
Perhaps we could see a clinical performance from new signing Eze as he makes his mark in the Premier League.
The attacking midfielder scored 14 goals and achieved 8 assists last season for QPR before moving to south-east London and is 11/2 to score first this weekend. However, considering the threat Ings presents, I would go with the safer anytime odds of 21/10 with thepools.com.
Both teams to score and either team to win is 15/8.
Danny Ings to score first 9/2
Both teams to score and either team to win 15/8