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Nic Ladds 7th Dec 2008 - 18:17

It’s Crystal clear – Poortvliet’s Southampton need a win

Jan Poortvliet takes struggling Southampton to Crystal Palace on Monday night knowing only a win will do if they are to pull away from the relegation zone.

His team have won only five times this season, although four of those victories have been on the road, including their last two against Reading and Preston respectively. Another away win is available at 10/3.

Meanwhile, Palace can jump to fourth in the table with a win at Selhurst Park. Given their opponents' record so far this season, they are unsurprisingly odds-on favourites, priced at 4/6.

The Saints have actually managed to stop the rot a little in the last four games; a run started with the win at Reading followed by three draws on the spin. If you think the one-point-a-game pattern will continue, you can get 12/5 on your money, which could be worth a small investment.

In that mini-run, Bradley Wright-Phillips - younger half-brother of Manchester City's Shaun - has scored all the team's goals. 10/1 says he'll score the first of the game, while he can be backed to find the net at anytime of the 90 minutes at 7/2.

Be sure to join us for the 20:00 kick-off - when the action gets underway you'll still be able to get a bet on. Whatever happens in the match, our betlive service will have all the angles covered.

Crystal Palace v Southampton - Monday 20:00


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