Southampton vs Crystal Palace by Shibby
EFL Cup tomorrow night for me in a game that will see Southampton host Crystal Palace in a cup game that will kick off at 19:45 and will be played at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.
The hosts head into this cup game in good form, they seem to have finally started playing the way we know they can do, they've managed to win their last 2 games, the first was a 3-0 victory in a Europa League game at home vs Sparta Praha. I watched the game and thought that Southampton look good on the attack, they really played some good football and I thought they deserved the win. A good start to their European campaign. Striker Charlie Austin looks to have settled down since his move from QPR, scoring 2 goals to help the Saints get their win.
Their next fixture was a narrow 1-0 win over Swansea. Yet again it was a strike from Saints striker Austin who sealed the win. Southampton haven't started the season too well and currently sit in 14th in the league on just 5 points from 5 games. Since big Ronald left for Everton they just haven't looked the same. I think that they are due a good cup run and although I expect both sides to make a few changes to their starting XI I still expect goals. With Rodriguez injured again I'm sure Austin will start the game.
The visitors for the game are Crystal Palace, they too head into the game in good form. They have won their last 2 fixtures and are unbeaten in 4. 3 of the 4 games have seen BTTS, 1-1 vs Bournemouth, 2-1 vs Boro and 4-1 on Sunday vs Stoke.
They've started playing really well and start to look like the Palce we know. Townsend had a good game in my opinion and managed a goal for his efforts. Palace don't have an European competitions to compete in, therefore, I expect Alan Pardew to pick a strong s quad. He is set to make a few changes, however, I don't think these will be bad changes.
I expect both teams to want to progress in this game, therefore, I think there should be goals. I'll be backing BTTS at a price of 1.77 with 10Bet. Good Luck all.