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Crystal Palace vs Southampton. Premier League.

Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace 1

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Southampton 0

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    Image: Stuart Armstrong will be unavailable for Southampton's trip to Crystal Palace

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    Crystal Palace could hand a debut to new signing Ebere Eze when Southampton visit on Saturday for the Premier League opener, but the Eagles will be missing several other players.

    The former QPR attacker has returned to training after a groin injury and while he is lacking match fitness, he will be part of the squad to face Saints alongside Michy Batshuayi, who joined on loan from Chelsea on Thursday.

    Unfortunately for Roy Hodgson, he will be without Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho (all hamstring), Patrick Van Aanholt (shoulder), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Christian Benteke (foot) and Connor Wickham (unspecified) for the clash. Scott Dann is also a doubt with a knock.

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    New Palace signing Eberechi Eze made his first appearance for the Premier League side as they beat League One club Charlton 3-0 at home on August 29

    Southampton will be without Stuart Armstrong at Selhurst Park. The midfielder suffered a thigh injury on international duty with Scotland.

    Defender Mohammed Salisu, a summer signing from Spanish side Real Valladolid, could make his Saints debut.

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    Michy Batshuayi says he feels at 'home' after returning to Palace on a season-long loan from Chelsea and is pleased to work again under Roy Hodgson

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    • Crystal Palace have won just three of their 22 Premier League matches against Southampton (D6 L13), with this the first time they've met on the opening day.
    • Southampton have won their last three away Premier League visits to Crystal Palace without conceding a single goal; Saints have never won four consecutive away top-flight matches against an opponent.
    • Although this is their first Premier League meeting on the opening day, Crystal Palace and Southampton did meet on MD1 in 2007-08 in the Championship, with the Eagles winning 4-1 at St. Mary's and James Scowcroft scoring a hat-trick.
    • The home side hasn't won any of the last six Premier League meetings between Crystal Palace and Southampton (D2 L4). The hosts had won five in a row in this fixture prior to this run.
    • In the six opening day Premier League matches when Crystal Palace have played at home, they are yet to win (D2 L4); their last top-flight win at home on opening day came back in 1971-72, winning 2-0 against Newcastle United.
    • Among teams to have played in at least 10 Premier League seasons, Southampton have the worst win percentage on MD1 in the comeptition, winning just two out of 21 (9.5%).
    • Crystal Palace have won fewer points than any other current Premier League side in 2020 (16 - W4 D4 L10), while Southampton have won 30 (W9 D3 L6), the sixth-best tally this calendar year.
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