Alan Pardew has admitted that he will have one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup final when he selects his Crystal Palace team for Sunday’s game against Southampton.
The Eagles could move up two places to 12th in the Premier League table if they can win at St Mary’s while a loss could see them finish as low as 16th.
Pardew is keen to make it clear that he is focused on the match against the top-six chasing Saints even though the Wembley showpiece against Manchester United is now less than a week away.
“I’ve got one eye on the cup final because we’ve got a chance to make history at this club and I’m very much aware of that, but it’s the Southampton game that’s very important,” said former Saints boss Pardew.
“There’s a four-place swing for us – we could get two places higher and two teams below us could catch us, so we need to get a result. It’s a big game for us because that four-place swing is a lot of prize money.
“I don’t think anybody in the division under-estimates Southampton. It’s a really growing club and when you think of some of the days down at The Dell when things weren’t so great they’ve come a long way.”
Southampton are 6/5 to finish in the top-six this season.