Opinion: Southampton need Cedric to have the game of his life against Crystal Palace

Opinion: Southampton need Cedric to have the game of his life against Crystal Palace

Southampton go into tomorrow’s game versus Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park looking for their first Premier League win of the season.

The Saints have had a disappointing start to the new campaign having dropped points at home to Burnley before losing games against Everton and Leicester.

Crystal Palace, though, are also not without their own problems following back-to-back defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Watford.

Ultimately, tomorrow’s fixture at Selhurst Park is a game both sides will feel they can win and both probably need to win given how things have gone in the last two matchweeks.

If Southampton have any chance of getting something from the game, however, they are going to have to neutralise the threat of Wilfried Zaha — a task which is likely to fall upon £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Cedric Soares.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson often used Zaha up front last season and has continued that trend in the early stages of this new campaign.

The Ivorian’s domain on the pitch, though, is still very much on the left-hand side, making him Cedric’s direct opponent.

The 25-year-old is one of the best 1v1 attackers in the league and can easily get past the opposition’s right-back before cutting into the box and firing a shot towards goal.

Cedric’s form has declined somewhat compared to his first two seasons at Southampton, and the Portugal international will need to raise his game significantly if his side are to win all three points tomorrow.

Undoubtedly, Zaha versus Cedric will be one match up to look out for.

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