September 14, 2017 / 12:15 PM / in a year

Crystal Palace versus Southampton - fans’ view

LONDON (Reuters) - Crystal Palace host Southampton at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday after sacking manager Frank de Boer after 77 days in charge.

Football Soccer - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Swansea City - London, Britain - August 26, 2017 Crystal Palace's James McArthur looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Palace, who are rooted to the bottom of the table after losing all four of their opening games, have called on former England boss Roy Hodgson to turn around their fortunes.

The south coast visitors have problems of their own. Southampton have failed to score in nine of their last 12 league games.

Here is what the fans have to say about their respective clubs:

Chris Waters, Crystal Palace Supporters Trust

“The club is reeling right now, and, irrespective of who is brought in as manager, we need to steady the ship quickly ad get goals and points on the board before we are cast adrift.

“With that in mind, Saturday’s game is crucial. The fans need to get behind the team, and the players need to deliver a performance to get our season on track.

“Frank de Boer was a dead man walking after the Swansea defeat. The only surprise was that he was sacked two weeks later. However, to sack someone after just four games is an embarrassment to the club.

“Given our urgency to appoint someone, Roy Hodgson seemed the only choice. He has local ties, played for the club at youth level and was available now. I would have like to see Rafa Benitez or David Wagner given the chance.

“Nathan Redmond is a player I like, and someone Palace looked very seriously at signing. Shane Long always seems to do well against us, given his ability to stumble over his own feet in the penalty area.

“If Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Wilfried Zaha are fit, then I would expect a 2-0 win. If not, then a draw is possibly the best we can hope for.”

Steve Grant, Editor,

“Even before Frank de Boer’s sacking, I wasn’t looking forward to Saturday’s game. De Boer had a terrible time at Inter Milan last season but still somehow managed to fluke a win against us in the Europa League. With our woes in front of goal I was largely expecting more of the same.

“Now he’s gone and Palace seem to have made a sensible appointment, I’m now even more worried about this game.

“We can’t score or, it seems, even create chances now, so it will be a nil in the away column. Christian Benteke will be the key for them, he either tears us to pieces or has a stinker, with very little in between. If he’s back on his game, he’ll get a hat-trick. More likely is a scrappy home win, so I’ll go 1-0 to Palace.

“Anyone with pace will cause us trouble, so it’s handy that Wilfried Zaha is out with injury. That leaves Andros Townsend.

“Ordinarily, I would say we could capitalise on their lack of confidence, but unfortunately at the moment we’re displaying exactly the same traits.

“Palace appeared to be a carbon copy of us for most of last season - and I’m not confident that we’re in a better position mentally than they are.”

Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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