FT: Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1

That is all from me this afternoon. Great result for Southampton but Tony Pulis will be a disappointed man. Thank you very much for joining me. You can always keep in touch via @BH92. Look forward to seeing you again some time soon.

Handing the man-of-the-match accolade to Luke Shaw after he grew into the match and displayed some dazzling skill and pace to beat the Crystal Palace defence. A top performance to round off a great week after making his England debut midweek.

All over at Selhurst Park. Try as they may, Palace could not find their way back into the game. Southampton take home three points thanks to a Jay Rodriguez goal in the first half. Full time: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton.

Successive throws allow Southampton to get the ball into the corner of the Palace half.

Still, Palace come at Southampton but the visitors are hanging on well.

Ledley swings the Palace corner into the box but nobody can latch onto the end of it.

Dann looks to go long for Murray but he is cut off by Ward-Prowse, who sends the ball into Palace territory.

James Ward-Prowse comes on to replace Steven Davis.

Nathaniel Clyne is shown a yellow for a deliberate handball on the halfway line as Murray looked to break forward.

Southampton win a free kick in the Palace half as they look to close the match out.

Excellent ball into the box from Thomas finds Jerome at the back post but his header is caught by Boruc, while the linesman also raised his flag for offside.

Southampton look to find Fonte in the centre of the box but his is crowded out before Palace launch the counter attack.

Southampton pressing forward and they win a corner, which Lallana opts to take short.

Yannick Bolasie makes way for Jerome Thomas as Tony Pulis makes his final change.

Murray looking to drift across the edge of the Southampton box before being pushed off the ball well by Lovren.

Lallana starting to toy with the Palace defence as he spins past two defenders on the left before Palace steal possession and race forward.

Southampton win a free kick in the centre circle but Fonte's hanging ball is booted up field by the Palace defence.

Southampton looking to use Gallagher as an additional outlet as he drifts wide, before finding Rodriguez in the middle, who strikes wide with his first time effort.

Jedinak's swirling cross is cleared by the Southampton defence before Palace come racing back at the visitors.

Gallagher thrown into the action and holds up play well before conceding a free kick for a tug on Ward's shirt.

Rodriguez thinks he has beaten Ward down the wing but the whistle is blown after he stepped into touch.

Lallana continues to link up with Davis on the halfway line as Southampton pass their way into Palace territory.

Second change for Southampton as Rickie Lambert is replaced by Sam Gallagher.

Southampton launch a long ball and ask Lambert to chase but he is a clear second favourite against Delaney.

Ward looks for Jerome in the Southampton box but concedes the throw-in to the visitors.

Southampton attack through Rodriguez on the left, who lays off to Shaw and the elusive winger drifts into space before unleashing a shot, which goes straight into the hands of Speroni.

Palace try to pick out Jerome in the Southampton box but he is penalised for a push on Schneiderlin and the visitors look to press forward.

Poor clearance from Speroni, not for the first time today, but Ward bails him out of trouble.

More throw-ins in the Southampton half for Palace and the visitors manage to clear their lines with little danger.

Palace committing men forward and Wanyama launches the Southampton counter before he runs out of options and even Lallana is unable to wriggle his way through the Palace back line.

Rodriguez pokes the ball forward but it is too far ahead of Lambert and Palace look to strike back.

Double change from Tony Pulis as Cameron Jerome and Tom Ince come on to replace Jason Puncheon and Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Morgan Schneiderlin goes in heavy on Jedinak, with studs showing, but only receives a yellow card as the Palace skipper springs back to his feet.

Pochettino's men have certainly steadied the ship after a nervy start to the second half.

Wanyama links up with Lallana in midfield as Southampton patiently seek a breakthrough.

Concern on the sidelines regarding Delaney's nose but play goes on as Lallana presses down the left flank.

Brief break in play as Delaney receives treatment for a bleeding nose.

Palace continue to press high in a bid to close out Southampton but again Shaw drives forward as the visitors regain possession.

Moxey's long throw goes straight into the hands of Boruc and Southampton look to break on the counter with Shaw down the left before Dann slides in with a precision tackle.

Bolasie looks to get the ball into the Southampton box but it is cut out by Lovren.

Lambert shapes the free kick with great pace but it is just left of the posts. If that had been on target, Speroni would have been struggling.

Mile Jedinak cuts off Schneiderlin and is also booked. This is very much in striking distance on the edge of the Palace box.

Another set piece conceded by Southampton but they clear their lines from the free kick despite Murray's best efforts to gather possession.

Cynical challenge from Steven Davis on Ledley sees him into the book.

Rodriguez and Lallana link up in the middle of the Palace half as they start to find their stride once again.

Speroni goes long in search of Murray but the Southampton defence is equal to the high ball.

Much more desire about Palace's play in the second half as Puncheon intercepts Shaw on the halfway line.

Jedinak's free kick is well over the woodwork and Southampton look to regain composure once again.

Dejan Lovren is shown a yellow card. LUCKILY! It could well have been red as he snapped down Bolasie on the edge of the box. Clyne tracking back around the corner could well have kept his teammate on the field there.

Ward whips the ball and Boruc is unable to collect this time. Puncheon strikes first time from the edge of the box but is unable to test Boruc.

We ended the first half with a series of corners and Palace have the first of this second half.

Earlier free kick for Southampton in their own half is pumped forward, to no avail however, as Palace regain possession.

Southampton get the second half underway as Lallana rolls the ball to Lambert.

Players are starting to make their way back onto the Selhurst Park turf...

Some news on that injury to Jack Cork in the first half, he has just been seen hobbling away on crutches. Not looking too good for the Southampton midfielder at this stage. We will bring you more information when we hear it.

Howard Webb draws the first half to a close after a frantic five minutes which saw both sides have their chances. However, it is a Jay Rodriguez goal that separates the sides at the interval. Southampton lead Crystal Palace 1-0 at half time.

Corner is repelled, but only as far as Bolasie, who strikes a stinging shot through the crowd and Boruc does well to hang onto the ball with a poaching Murray bearing down.

Jose Fonte finds himself in the book after pulling down Ledley as Palace launched the counter attack. The subsequent free kick wins a corner for Palace.

SO CLOSE! Southampton press forward as Lallana drops another probing ball into the Palace box and it falls for Lambert, whose shot strikes Speroni's right post.

Left back Shaw showboating with some dazzling skills before Southampton release Davis on the right, he is denied by a Delaney clearance on the line.

Southampton passing their way across the back line, excellent one-two touches from the visitors, who appear much more confident in possession.

Bolasie and Murray link up before releasing Ledley, who raced between the pair of them, but Fonte is quick to make a well-timed challenge.

The hosts have the added impetus after going behind as they look to pick out an advancing Ledley in the Saints box, their attempt is unsuccessful however.

Palace launch a long ball towards Murray, who lacks the necessary control and Boruc collects the loose ball.

Lallana breaks into Palace territory before sending a teasing ball towards the back post, where the awaiting Rodriguez is just about cut off by Dann.

GOAL! JAY RODRIGUEZ! The England striker races into the Palace half after a fine touch took him away from two defenders, Speroni comes out of his box to slide in but the ball falls favourably to Rodriguez, who sat on floor, pokes the ball home from outside the area.

Another Dikgacoi run results in a corner for the hosts. Brief period of pressure is relieved however as Ward's corner is hoofed back into Palace territory.

Ward spins the ball into the middle but Boruc climbs above the crowd to catch before Palace race back at the visitors.

Excellent ball into the box from Dikgacoi is turned away by the head of Lovren. Corner to Palace.

Jack Cork will play no longer part this afternoon. He is replaced by the like-for-like Victor Wanyama.

Palace enjoying a bit more time in opposition territory as Puncheon and Dikgacoi link up on the right.

Stretcher not required as Cork hobbles slowly to the sidelines. For the time being, Southampton are down to 10.

Cork is down after going down on the corner of his ankle. He is receiving treatment and the medics have called for the stretcher, doesn't look good for him.

Hesitant touch from Fonte, who is pressured by Murray, gives Palace a throw-in midway into Southampton territory.

Palace's route one plan is no trouble for Saints, who calmly take the ball down and look to orchestrate a forward move.

Box-to-box from the Saints and a real scare for Palace as the pace of Lallana tore the home side's midfield apart before he ran out of options.

Not unusual though when Saints are in form you have to say. It is Palace on the attack now however but Puncheon's shot is cut out by Shaw, who immediately launching the counter attack.

The visitors are dominating possession in the opening quarter, they've had more than 70% of the ball would you believe it.

Southampton getting into much more advanced positions now as Clyne is picked out with a long, cross-field ball but Dann steps in to intervene.

Clyne comes down the right before looking to cut inside to Lallana but Dikgacoi is in the way.

Southampton gain possession through a free kick as Bolasie is caught offside.

Southampton continue to attack the Palace box with probing balls but the hosts are eventually awarded a free kick as Lovren crashes into Murray. Rest-bite.

Southampton looking to pick up the pace as Davis finds space on the right before his attempted cross is blocked by Delaney.

Deeper corner from Ledley and Boruc makes a fine collection under pressure.

Palace look to use back-to-back throw-ins to try and find a way into the Southampton box and eventually win a corner.

Cheap free kick conceded by Jedinak as he clips down Lallana on the halfway line.

Southampton looking much easier on the eye as they turn on their usual style with Lallana and Rodriguez probing around the Palace box.

Shaw comes back at the Palace defence on the left wing and earns the first corner of the match. Davis' initial ball ricochets straight back at him, before a second ball is easily gathered by Speroni.

Free kick for Southampton as Bolasie is punished for getting a hand on the ball. Davis whips it towards the back post but it has too much on it.

Jedinak runs out of options in midfield and drops back to Moxey, who opts for a lofted ball towards Puncheon but he is unable to control.

Palace try and put the pressure on Southampton but Bolasie switches off and Pochettino's men are able to break into the home side's territory.

Southampton starting to assert their authority on the tie now, much more discipline and control from the visitors in possession.

Bolasie looks to utilise the wings as he slides a ball through to Ledley, who made the run a second too soon and is caught offside.

Saints break with pace but Lallana's attempted through-ball to Lambert in the box is cut off by Delaney.

Measured ball from Cork finds Rodriguez at the back post before he looks to pick out Schneiderlin in the centre, but the linesman raises his flag for offside.

Ward does well to intercept Rodriguez, who is eager to run at the defence as ever, and Palace earn a throw-in near the Southampton corner flag.

Davis looking to combine with Lallana as Southampton patiently seek their first opening of the match.

Southampton looking settle themselves into the game now as they string a series of passes together across the back line.

Again, Palace come at Southampton from a throw in but Lovren is quick to the mark to clear this time.

Puncheon, playing against his former employers, looks to get the batter of Shaw, but the England international is equal to the threat as he clears the Southampton line.

Speroni launches the ball long and Puncheon looks to flick on towards Murray and Palace win another throw-in deep into Southampton territory.

Palace look to find Murray in the middle of the Saints box but his snap-shot goes high and wide.

Bolasie battles for the ball and eventually wins his duel before the returning Clyne slides in and concedes the throw in.

Early movement down the left flank from Southampton but Shaw is unable to collect a return ball as Ward steps in.

Howard Webb checks his watch, it's 3pm...Here we go! Crystal Palace get us underway in their familiar home strip, while Southampton don their black away kit.

Time for one final team huddle for both sides.

Mandatory handshakes done and dusted, Palace skipper Mile Jedinak - who captained Australia for the first time in midweek - meets Howard Webb and Adam Lallana in the centre circle for the coin toss.

Here come the players...The stage is set and the sun is shining!

Crystal Palace have never beaten Southampton in the top flight, could today - their 10th attempt - be the day?

The players are starting to assemble in the Selhurst Park tunnel...Action not far away now, stay tuned!

Our referee this afternoon is Mr Howard Webb; his assistants are Scott Ledger and Richard West, while Roger East stands as fourth official.

Southampton starting XI: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert.

Crystal Palace starting XI: Julian Speroni, Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey, Scott Dann, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Jason Puncheon, Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley, Yannick Bolasie, Glenn Murray.

Only 10 minutes to kick-off in Croydon now, time for a reminder of those all-important starting line-ups...

Josh Tilt has Tweeted in, he reckons: "Saints to win, 0-1, or 2-3, I'm not quite sure yet!"

Crystal Palace have been very susceptible to shipping goals after the half-time break, with 11 goals conceded in the 46-60 minute period of games, accounting for 30% of their total goals conceded - both league highs.

Rickie Lambert has scored three goals in his last two league appearances against Palace.

Crystal Palace have scored 21% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches; the highest proportion in the Premier League.

Our good friends at Opta have been busy compiled the stats ahead of the weekend and here are a few gems from them...

Soccer Saturday pundit Paul Merson cast his eye over the fixture earlier this week, he thinks: "This is a hard game to call. Crystal Palace have done well and got a good point against Swansea last week and they have a chance against a Southampton team who had a lot of players playing international football in midweek. That will take its toll because it will have taken up nervous energy as well as physical energy. I can't see Southampton failing to score though, so I'll go for a draw. Palace often do enough to get draws, but I wonder if they can get over the line and win games?"

The reverse fixture in September saw Southampton prevail 2-0 on the south coast, yet there has been a raft of changes since, with Palace in the midst of revival under Pulis.

Southampton enter the day with a 15-point buffer above the bottom three, while nine points separate them from sixth-placed Everton, who currently occupy the final Europa League qualification spot.

Although victory at Selhurst Park would see the Saints surpass their points tally of 41 from last season, Pochettino's men find themselves with little to play for.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have leaked six goals in their last two matches as their six-match unbeaten run came to a grinding halt at Upton Park.

Our first prediction of the afternoon comes from Chris Green in Huddersfield, he says: "Southampton to win 2-1, with Lallana bagging a brace."

Saints bench: Paulo Gazzaniga, Calum Chambers, Maya Yoshida, James Ward-Prowse, Gaston Ramirez, Victor Wanyama, Guly Do Prado, Sam Gallagher.

Palace bench: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Gabbidon, Barry Bannan, Dwight Gayle, Thomas Ince, Jerome Thomas, Cameron Jerome.

Southampton starting XI: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert.

Crystal Palace starting XI: Julian Speroni, Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey, Scott Dann, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Jason Puncheon, Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley, Yannick Bolasie, Glenn Murray.

Before we take a look at Southampton's recent form, time to bring you some team news...

A point in south Wales ensured Palace maintained their one-point-per-game average which, in the 20-team Premier League era, has been enough to achieve survival in all but four seasons.

Palace produced a spirited performance to hold Swansea City to a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium last weekend as Glenn Murray netted his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot.

Since his appointment in November, Tony Pulis has inspired a resurgence, lifting Palace out of the bottom three, but defeat to Manchester United in their last home outing leaves them just three points above the danger zone.

Southampton return to Premier League action with a view to bouncing back from successive defeats, having lost away to West Ham United before being beaten 3-0 at home by Liverpool.

On the domestic front, Palace have lost just one of their last five Selhurst Park fixtures as they have clambered out of the drop zone and up to 16th in the top-flight standings.

As ever, I would love to hear your views and predictions throughout today's game. You can get in touch via the usual avenues, @BH92, that's me - Ben Hampshire - on Twitter, or you can email me directly on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com. I will endeavour to publish as many as possible!

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