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Jermaine Easter is caught offside. Jos Hooiveld takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha.
Unfair challenge on Sean Scannell by Jack Cork results in a free kick. Anthony Gardner takes the direct free kick.
Sean Scannell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Frazer Richardson takes the free kick.
Dean Hammond comes on in place of Morgan Schneiderlin.
Jermaine Easter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jos Hooiveld. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Effort from outside the box by Adam Lallana goes wide right of the target.
Kagisho Dikgacoi concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Lallana. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.
Jermaine Easter is brought on as a substitute for Glenn Murray.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Parr, clearance by Guly Do Prado.
Wilfried Zaha sends in a cross, Guly Do Prado makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick. (Southampton) makes a substitution, with David Connolly coming on for Steve De Ridder. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
The ball is delivered by Frazer Richardson, Guly Do Prado finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace.Frazer Richardson provided the assist for the goal.
Stuart O'Keefe goes off and Owen Garvan comes on.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Foul by Richard Lambert on Patrick McCarthy, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Frazer Richardson, blocked by Jonathan Parr.
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Nathaniel Clyne gets a block in.
Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin. Patrick McCarthy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Jos Hooiveld restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Wilfried Zaha, blocked by Daniel Fox.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on Glenn Murray. Direct free kick taken by Sean Scannell.
Frazer Richardson delivers the ball, save by Julian Speroni.
Adam Lallana concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Clyne. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Richard Lambert challenges Wilfried Zaha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathaniel Clyne is given a yellow card. (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Chris Martin coming on for Peter Ramage. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
The referee penalises Sean Scannell for handball. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Lambert on Patrick McCarthy. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Adam Lallana delivers the ball.
Wilfried Zaha delivers the ball, Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
The ball is swung over by Steve De Ridder.
Foul by Stuart O'Keefe on Jack Cork, free kick awarded. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Sean Scannell, Patrick McCarthy has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Parr, blocked by Steve De Ridder.
The referee gives a free kick against Nathaniel Clyne for handball. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
The referee blows for offside against Adam Lallana. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne gets a block in.
Adam Lallana has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick. Patrick McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Steve De Ridder on Jonathan Parr, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Fox.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Glenn Murray makes a clearance.
Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.
Adam Lallana produces a cross.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Glenn Murray. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Sean Scannell fouled by Richard Lambert, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Scannell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Lambert on Patrick McCarthy. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox.
A cross is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne, Close range header by Glenn Murray goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Murray by Jose Fonte. Free kick taken by Sean Scannell.
Steve De Ridder fouled by Peter Ramage, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Ramage goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Wilfried Zaha, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Parr, Jos Hooiveld manages to make a clearance.
Guly Do Prado finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace.Steve De Ridder provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Jack Cork.
The official flags Wilfried Zaha offside. Jos Hooiveld takes the free kick.
Sean Scannell challenges Jose Fonte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Glenn Murray from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Jonathan Parr is caught offside. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Fox on Wilfried Zaha. The referee cautions Daniel Fox for unsporting behaviour. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Parr delivers the ball, Steve De Ridder gets a block in.
Outswinging corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Fox to near post, Glenn Murray makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox.
Frazer Richardson crosses the ball, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Fox, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.
Daniel Fox delivers the ball, blocked by Wilfried Zaha.
Steve De Ridder crosses the ball, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Wilfried Zaha.
The ball is sent over by Steve De Ridder.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Glenn Murray.
Adam Lallana decides to take a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Lambert by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Direct free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.
Jonathan Parr challenges Frazer Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
A cross is delivered by Steve De Ridder, blocked by Peter Ramage.
Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Richard Lambert results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
Nathaniel Clyne challenges Adam Lallana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart O'Keefe by Morgan Schneiderlin. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Morgan Schneiderlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilfried Zaha. Stuart O'Keefe takes the free kick.
Chaplow back for Saints
Southampton midfielder Richard Chaplow is pushing for a return to the side for the visit of Crystal Palace.
The 26-year-old has missed the Saints' last three matches with a knee injury but could return at St Mary's on Boxing Day.
Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis returned from a calf injury at Portsmouth and showed no ill-affects so he will keep his place in the starting line-up.
Striker Lee Barnard will be out for another two months with an ankle injury, while defenders Radhi Jaidi (knee) and Dan Seaborne (head) and striker David Connolly (groin) are still on the sidelines.
Skipper Dean Hammond should keep his place in midfield for what will be his 100th start for the Saints since arriving from Colchester in August 2009.
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman welcomes back winger Wilfried Zaha.
The 19-year-old, who signed a new five-and-a-half year contract earlier this week, missed Monday's win over Birmingham with a one-match ban and is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up
However, midfielder Mile Jedinak misses out as he serves a one-match ban for picking up five bookings this season.
Centre-half Dekel Keinan has had injections to speed up his recovery from a twisted ankle but is unlikely to be ready, and full-back Dean Moxey remains a doubt with the knee injury he suffered at Manchester United in the Carling Cup last month.
Defender Lee Hills (knee) and midfield duo Jonathan Williams (broken leg) and Alex Marrow (ankle) are long-term absentees for the Eagles.
Do Prado at the double
Guly do Prado's two goals helped npower Championship leaders Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and maintain their unbeaten home record.
The Brazilian attacker netted headers either side of half-time to stretch Saints' unbeaten league run at St Mary's to 24 matches in front of a sold-out crowd.
Nigel Adkins' side dominated the first period and only a fine save from Julian Speroni prevented Rickie Lambert breaking the deadlock with a stooping header inside nine minutes.
Southampton's first-half performance belied their recent poor form and they broke the deadlock in the 34th minute, with patient build-up play paying dividends when Do Prado connected with Steve de Ridder's cross.
Play-off contenders Crystal Palace - who were unbeaten on Boxing Day since 2004 - never look like securing a third successive league win on the south coast and saw defeat confirmed when Do Prado connected with a Frazer Richardson cross with 13 minutes remaining.
Heading into the match, Southampton made one change to the side held to a 1-1 draw at bitter rivals Portsmouth as they brought in De Ridder for captain Dean Hammond.
Jose Fonte was named skipper against his former club, who made several changes and recalled highly-rated Wilfried Zaha after suspension.
The south Londoners won the pair's previous encounter this season in the Carling Cup fourth round and Southampton looked to make amends from the offset.
Having dominated the opening exchanges, Southampton went close to taking a ninth-minute lead through Lambert.
Morgan Schneiderlin's superb right-footed cross to the far post was headed with gusto by the Saints striker, although Speroni reacted superbly to thwart the point-blank effort.
Palace's defence-minded philosophy meant it took until the 29th minute for them to eke out their first opportunity, while Saints were denied at the other end when Jack Cork had a shot blocked.
However, Southampton did not have to wait long for a goal as De Ridder darted down the right flank and, having turned Peter Ramage inside out, drove in a cross for Do Prado to head home.
Palace came out of their shell as the first period came to an end, but were back defending after the break.
Only a last-gasp Patrick McCarthy block stopped Do Prado doubling his tally within two minutes of the restart, before Adam Lallana put a shot narrowly wide from just inside the area.
Palace's tactics, though, were beginning to frustrate the home side and, after referee Graham Salisbury rejected an appeal for handball against Frazer Richardson, Murray forced Kelvin Davis into action.
The 2,786 visiting fans were in good voice on the south coast but were quietened as Do Prado headed in his second of the afternoon in the 77th minute, converting Richardson's right-wing cross.
The Brazilian's goal was Southampton's 100th in league and cup matches against the Eagles, who could not find a consolation as the home side held out for a clean sheet.
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