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Saturday 24 August 2019

Roy: It's not a six-pointer

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson insists it is premature to call Crystal Palace's Premier League match against Southampton a six-pointer.

Only goal difference separates Palace and the Saints with the two relegation-threatened teams just three points above the drop zone.

But, ahead of his side's trip to St Mary's Stadium tonight, manager Hodgson said: "It is too early to talk about six-pointer games.

"There are still 15 matches left to play, and that's an awful lot of football.

"You should keep your powder dry when it comes to discussing six-pointers for the last four or five games of the season when it is then pretty obvious what may happen.

"There are 45 points left to play for, and normally 37 or 38 points keep you in the league."

Palace will be boosted by the return of Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey for their match on the south coast.

The club's third-choice goalkeeper Julian Speroni, 39, has played the last two matches, with Guaita and Hennessey both injured.

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