Southampton v Crystal Palace

Southampton are seeking four consecutive wins for the first time this season when they entertain Crystal Palace at St Mary's on Sunday.

Ronald Koeman's side have won seven of their last nine league games, including a 2-1 win at Tottenham last weekend.

Koeman admits things were not going well for his side at the beginning of the year, but is excited the Saints have managed to turn the corner to push for European football.

"We had a difficult time in January, but six wins out of the last eight makes it special and it will be even more special if we get the three points on Sunday," the Dutchman said.

"What happens anywhere else is not our problem – we hope, but we have to first do it by ourselves."

Palace, meanwhile, are searching for their first league win on the road since December last year.

Alan Pardew's men have lost five and drawn five of their last 10 league outings. They look set to finish in 14th position – their lowest placing since winning promotion three years ago.

The Eagles came up on top in the reverse fixture last year as they beat Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

In team news, the hosts have no new injury problems or suspension ahead of the match.

With the FA Cup final against Manchester United to look forward to, Pardew will be hoping Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley and Wilfried Zaha, who are all expected to miss out on Sunday due to minor injuries, will make their return soon.

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