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PREVIEW: Southampton vs Crystal Palace

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The Saints attempt to end their poor run in form when ex-Southampton boss Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace side make the trip to the South Coast.

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Southampton are having a tough time of it lately. Their fantastic run of four away wins in a row came to an abrupt end against West Brom after Saido Berahino's early opener.

While the club's away form was impressive leading up to Saints' trip to the Hawthorns, the Saints' home form has left a lot to be desired, having not won at home since beating Arsenal on the opening day of the season. <!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## -->

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However, there is good news ahead of Tuesday night's clash with Crystal Palace as Southampton welcome back Belgian International Toby Alderweireld to the first team fold.

Alderweireld has been rock-solid in an impressive Saints backline, producing some much-needed passing quality from the defence which has been sorely missed since his hamstring injury.

Crystal Palace will be missing Fraizer Campbell, Yaya Sanogo, Marouane Chamakh and Jordon Mutch through injury, and Glenn Murray through suspension. This could see former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi make his first start for the South Londoners.

Palace are in impressive form, having picked up four wins in seven games under ex-Saints boss Alan Pardew. Southampton have went five hours and four minutes without scoring a goal at St. Mary's and will be looking for misfiring Graziano Pelle to recapture his early season form.