Preview: Crystal Palace v Southampton

It will be a tale of two sides with contrasting fortunes when Crystal Palace take on Southampton in Saturday's Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.

Palace have lost six games in a row in the Premier League and are conceding goals at an alarming rate in the process.

For the visitors, Southampton have won their last two matches in all competitions and are bouyed by a EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Arsenal in midweek.

As such, Eagles manager Alan Pardew is under huge pressure and some have speculated that he may lose his job with a defeat at home this weekend.

The 55-year-old explained the extent of the pressure he is under: "I'm a realist. I understand the situation with the Premier League. I have to make sure the next result is a positive one for us. I have to get results."

Meanwhile, Saints boss Claude Puel wants more success for his team. He said: "It's most important to stay with good concentration about our level and to prepare [for] this difficult game against Palace."

Connor Wickham is out for the season for the home team while goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is out for up to six weeks with a knee injury. For Southampton, Dusan Tadic and Matt Targett are out.

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