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January 20 2021 7.04pm

Southampton v Palace

St Mary's Stadium, Saturday 3.00pm

FA Cup

FA Cup

Team news

Palace winger Bakary Sako makes a welcome return to the squad for the first time since November after beating his hamstring injury. Yohan Cabaye is also back after completing his one-game ban.

Forward duo Connor Wickham (calf) and Dwight Gayle (hamstring) are not quite ready for action, while wide man Yannick Bolasie (hip) is still sidelined.

Saints striker Graziano Pelle has failed to recover from his knee problem, along with goalkeeper Fraser Forster who has been nine months on the sidelines.

Cedric Soares and Juanmi are both available for selection, however, Victor Wanyama begins a two-match suspension after his red card against Norwich.


Roy Hodgson

“Sako is definitely available for this one - it is really good news on that front. “He gives me a weapon that I haven’t had for five or six games. He has a shot in both feet that has got a little more venom than perhaps 95 per cent of the Premier League.

“He is important because he can get a goal out of nothing and it is something at the top of my agenda at the moment - scoring goals.

“We’ve got a good side to go to Southampton. You look at the chances of actually winning a trophy as a manager, for me it’s got to be the trophy that has utmost importance.

“Trying to win the Premier League with a club the size of ours is very, very difficult. The League Cup and FA Cup are massive for me, our fans, our clubs and our players.

“We have got 5,000 fans going down there and we have a responsibility - I do to them - that we’re very strong and we will do.”

Jason Puncheon

"The manager has made it clear how important Saturday is and I think the players are grasping at the opportunity to play. As a club and as players, we take the FA Cup very seriously and we want to get as far as we can.

"The furthest I’ve got is the fifth round but we’ve got the capabilities to go further this year and we’ll be taking that mentality into the game - it's the FA Cup and magical things can happen."

Southampton - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
13th 20 6 6 8 24

Full league table

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
12/12/2015 League Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Southampton win
03/03/2015 League Southampton 1 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
24/01/2015 FA Cup Southampton 2 - 3 Crystal Palace win
26/12/2014 League Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Southampton loss
08/03/2014 League Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Southampton loss

All time results

Last meeting

Palace 1-0 Southampton

Saturday December 12 2015

Palace: Hennessey, Dann, Souare, Delaney, Ward, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon (Mutch, 85), McArthur, Bolasie, Wickham (Chamakh, 89)

Subs not used: Campbell, Lee, Kelly, McCarthy, Mariappa

Goals: Cabaye (38)

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Fonte, Yoshida (Tadic, 67), van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu (Ward-Prowse, 79), Soares, Wanyama, Mane, Davis (Pelle, 67), Long

Subs not used: Davis, Clasie, Juanmi, Martina

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