Selhurst Park, Tuesday 7.45pm
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman will again rotate his side for the Carling Cup. Goalkeeper Lewis Price, midfielders Jon Williams and Stuart O'Keefe and forwards Jermaine Easter and Calvin Andrew could start.
Darren Ambrose hopes to have shaken off a knock that forced him to miss Saturday's win over Ipswich, while Dean Moxey will be assessed after being laid low with flu. Lee Hills (knee) and Alex Marrow (ankle) are still out.
Saints boss Nigel Adkins will also ring the changes, resting midfielder Adam Lallana and giving opportunities to former Eagle Danny Butterfield, goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, centre-half Aaron Martin, winger Lee Holmes and Steve De Ridder.
Defenders Radhi Jaidi (knee) and Dan Seaborne (head) plus ex-Palace centre back Jose Fonte (hamstring) are out, along with Dean Hammond (suspended). Meanwhile, 16-year-old midfielder James Ward-Prowse is set to make his Southampton debut.
"We believe we can beat anyone at Selhurst Park and I'm confident that we have what it takes to go out and get through to the quarter-finals. I'll be picking a team that can go out and win the game, but I'm also mindful that there are members of the squad who could benefit from the game time and those who have played in this competition so far haven't let me down at all.
"I'm looking forward to it. Sometimes when you rotate the squad you are bringing in players with extra motivation and when players don't think they are guaranteed a start it can keep them on their toes.
"I knew they [Southampton] would do well. They have the momentum from last year and invested heavily in players over the summer again.
"We were after Jack Cork ourselves but couldn't get near what he wanted in terms of wages. But at Selhurst Park we feel we can be a match for anybody as it is a difficult place to come."
"I think it's a big game and an exciting game for the club because if we put the performance in and get a victory then we'll be in the next round and not too far away from the final.
"I'd like to play, the gaffer is yet to name his team but I'm chomping at the bit to be playing I'd love to do that and hopefully on Tuesday I'll be selected.
"There's a lot of good memories from my time playing at Crystal Palace so I'm looking forward to the game.
"I've experienced many crowds at Selhurst Park especially on a cup night and they're doing very, very well in the league, similar to ourselves. It'll be a tough game under a hostile atmosphere and we're quite far in the cup now so I know we're taking quite a few fans and I imagine it'll be a good atmosphere.
"I'm looking forward to going back and seeing a few friendly faces as I enjoyed my time there, I'm looking forward to that but Ill be there representing Southampton and I want to win the game."
"I would love to play against Palace. I have great memories in Palace and it would be nice to go back but I canít see it happening on Tuesday. Iíve got no chance.
"Last Tuesday I was feeling my calf and a tight hamstring and I aggravated it in training on Friday. I felt it at the end of the first half and couldnít take it anymore.
"I couldnít bear it so instead of risking being out for a month I came off so I can be fit for Saturday. I canít play at 20 per cent because thatís not fair for the team."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|13/04/2009||League||Southampton||1 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|08/12/2008||League||Crystal Palace||3 - 0||Southampton|
|02/02/2008||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 1||Southampton|
|11/08/2007||League||Southampton||1 - 4||Crystal Palace|
|26/12/2006||League||Southampton||1 - 1||Crystal Palace|
Southampton 2-0 Palace
Wednesday September 21 2016
Southampton: McCarthy, Yoshida, Fonte, Martina, Targett, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Hesketh, Long, Austin
Subs not used: Davis, Soares, Stephens, Lewis
Goals: Austin (pen 33), Hesketh (63)
Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann (Kelly, 19), Fryers, Delaney, Zaha, Cabaye, Mutch (Puncheon, 69), Lee, Sako (Benteke, 65), Wickham
Subs not used: Flamini, Speroni, Campbell, Townsend
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