Latest Crystal Palace XI to win at Southampton from Everton star to £3million ace
Crystal Palace travel to the south coast on Saturday to take on Southampton in search of their first victory at St Mary’s since a 2-1 result in January 2018, but where are Roy Hodgson’s side now?
The Eagles have rarely beaten the Saints in recent seasons with two wins in eight meetings over the past four years. James McArthur’s Luka Milivojevic goals won all three points at St Mary’s, while Wilfried Zaha scored the only effort at Selhurst Park in September 2020.
Patrick Vieira drew 2-2 in his only meeting with Southampton as Crystal Palace boss after replacing Hodgson last year. The French manager is now hoping to avoid the south London side losing on successive trips to St Mary’s, following the Saints’ 3-1 defeat in May.
Shane Long opened the deadlock for Southampton in Crystal Palace’s last winning visit to St Mary’s in 2018. The Republic of Ireland striker fired home past Wayne Hennessey after 17 minutes, registering his first goal in Premier League in 26 appearances as of February 2017.
A change of system, however, allowed the Eagles to find some momentum, after switching to a 4-4-2 at half-time. McArthur then volleyed from close range in the 69th minute, before a curling kick from 25 yards into the top corner from Milivojevic beat Alex McCarthy to complete his comeback.
Wayne Hennessey (GK) – Burnley
Hennessey spent seven years at Crystal Palace between arriving at Selhurst Park and leaving for Burnley last summer. Eagles released the Wales goalkeeper at the end of his contract, after just three Premier League appearances in the previous two seasons.
His last high-flying outing for south London came in June 2020 and has so far made two for the Clarets. Hennessey played against Manchester United and Leeds at the start of the year but conceded three goals in each encounter with Nick Pope unavailable.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Bayer Leverkusen
Timothy Fosu-Mensah spent the 2017/18 Premier League season on loan at Crystal Palace from Manchester United and helped beat Southampton. The right-back made a total of 21 league outings for the Eagles but failed to provide a single assist, a score and two clean sheets.
He would return to London in 18/19 on loan at Fulham, before leaving Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen in a £2 million deal in January 2021. But his time in the Bundesliga side is yet to begin with 12 league games between a torn cruciate ligament and one tendon injury.
Martin Kelly – Crystal Palace
Martin Kelly arrived at Crystal Palace from Liverpool in 2014 and turns 32 on April 27 after making 121 Premier League appearances for the Eagles. But the right-back has only featured in the top flight for one minute of regulation time since January 2020.
Hodgson gave Kelly his first playing time in over a year as a last-minute substitute on the final day of last season. Vieira is yet to field the England international for a cap since taking charge, apart from the Eagles’ FA Cup fourth round win over League Two Hartlepool.
James Tomkins – Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace paid London rivals West Ham £10 million for James Tomkins in 2016, but the 33-year-old may be nearing the end of his career at Selhurst Park. He will be out of contract at the end of the season and has made just eight league appearances under Vieira so far.
Additionally, Tomkins has only started six of his high-profile outings so far this term and hasn’t played since December. The centre-back made the most recent of his 115 Premier League outings for the Eagles as a late substitute to help secure a 3-0 win over Norwich.
Jeffrey Schlupp – Crystal Palace
Jeffrey Schlupp left Leicester a year after winning the Premier League to join Crystal Palace for £12 million in 2017. The Ghanaian has featured in 27 top-flight matches under Vieira so far this season. But he has only started 17 games and is out of contract this summer.
Schlupp, similarly, started just 21 games in the 2017/18 season – including the last time Crystal Palace won at Southampton. He would enjoy his most league appearances in a single season with the Eagles in the 18/19 campaign, playing in 30 but starting 18.
James McArthur – Crystal Palace
McArthur is another Crystal Palace star who beat Southampton in January 2018 and is out of contract this summer. The former Scotland international has been at Selhurst Park since leaving Wigan Athletic in 2014 to £5.5mand has made 234 top-flight outings since.
He also has 17 goals and 22 assists in his league games for the Eagles so far. But McArthur is yet to score this season, alongside his three assists, in 19 outings of which he started 14 after a three-month layoff with a thigh injury during the winter.
Luka Milivojevic – Crystal Palace
Milivojevic has joined Crystal Palace to £11 million Olympiakos on deadline day in the January 2017 window. He then signed a new contract in 2019 to keep him at Selhurst Park until 2023, but the 31-year-old Eagles captain did not so far only participated in 13 league games under Vieira.
He has also played just 31 minutes in the south London side’s last six games since making his debut against Burnley. The Clarets affair marked Milivojevic’s 150th Premier League start in 163 outings so far since arriving in the capital, including 28 goals and five assists.
Andros Townsend – Everton
Crystal Palace grabbed Newcastle United’s relegation to the Championship to sign Andros Townsend for £13 million in 2016. The former England striker spent the next five years at Selhurst Park, before the Eagles released him and Everton swooped in to seal a free transfer.
Townsend was still a key figure under Hodgson in his final season at Crystal Palace. He started 25 of his 34 league outings last season, while scoring once and assisting five goals. He has since scored three goals and created two in 21 for Everton but has not played since March.
The 30-year-old – who played a total of 168 Premier League games for the Eagles – suffered a season ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in their FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace. Only Richarlison (8) has more Everton goals than Townsend (7) in all competitions this term.
Yohan Cabaye – Retired
Yohan Cabaye returned to the Premier League with Crystal Palace in 2015 after a year and a half at Paris Saint-Germain for £10 million. The move was the Eagles’ club-record transfer at the time, with the Frenchman playing 96 Premier League games for nine goals.
He also provided five assists and captained Crystal Palace when they last won at Southampton in January 2018. Cabaye only played the first half at St Mary’s, having struggled with fitness after one game goalless draw with Manchester City three days before facing Saints.
The midfielder remained at Selhurst Park until 2018 before being released. He then joined Al-Nasr in Dubai for just five months and returned to France with Saint-Etienne the following summer. Cabaye played 21 games for the Ligue 1 side in 2019/20, before retiring in 2021.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Zaha returned permanently to Crystal Palace from Manchester United in 2015 for a first single £3 million. His future at Selhurst Park has been much debated since, and the Daily mail signal that the Eagles could cash in this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.
Palace feel they can now let Zaha go, having previously rebuffed interest in the Ivorian by demanding £80million. He is their top scorer in the Premier League this season with 11 goals in 28 outings. No other Eagles player has found the back of the net for a double-digit run.
Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace passed a new club-record in August 2016 to buy Christian Benteke in a £27 million move from Liverpool. The deal also included £5million in add-ons and netted 35 goals in 160 Premier League games. The Belgian has also provided 12 assists in the top flight so far.
One of Benteke’s assists also came in Crystal Palace’s last win at Southampton. He headed the ball past McArthur from a presumably offside position for the midfielder to equalise. He came amid his best Eagles return of six assists in the 2017/18 season.
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