Premier League Preview – AFC Bournemouth
After the exploits in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Palace return to league duty with a trip to take on Bournemouth.
Both sides progressed in the cup competition so will be heading into this Monday night fixture in good spirits and looking to take the same form into the league.
Palace have only suffered one defeat in the last five games which is the kind of consistency Roy Hodgson will want to see continued but it is the miss-firing front line that will be a concern. The over reliance on Wilfried Zaha is proving to be a problem but with Ancdros Townsend getting among the goals in midweek, there could be help at hand.
The hosts have been involved in games with goals lately and with this fixture being among the goals in recent times, it all points towards a goalless draw just for the television cameras.
With the threat of pace going forward, this game is likely to be one that suits Palace particularly as the Cherries have leaked goals in the last few weeks but the hosts have plenty to offer themselves.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Scott Dann (knee), Connor Wickham (calf), Jairo Riedewald (knee) and Christian Benteke (knee) are all expecting to miss out through injury.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH – Diego Rico (hamstring) and Dan Gosling (calf) will miss out while Charlie Daniels (knee) will face a late fitness test.
The last time the two sides met was back in April on the South Coast. The vistors took the lead right after the break through Luka Milivojevic but Lys Mousset brought the hosts level less than twenty minutes later. Wilfried Zaha scored a spectacular second for the Eagles but a goal in the last minute by Josh King ensured the points were shared at the Vitality Stadium.
Who Scored man of the match – Wilfried Zaha (8.4)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 07/04/2018 Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 09/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth
- 31/01/2017 Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 27/08/2016 Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth
- 02/02/2016 Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 25/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Crystal Palace
- 22/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcaste United
- 15/09/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- 28/08/2018 Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Bournemouth;
- 25/09/2018 Bournemouth 3-2 Blackburn Rovers
- 22/09/2018 Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth
- 15/09/2018 Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester City
- 01/09/2018 Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
- 28/08/2018 Bournemouth 3-0 MK Dons
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.56
- Wayne Hennessey 7.26
- Ryan Fraser 7.20
- Steve Cook 7.11
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Atletico Huila, Levante
The 23-year-old joined the South Coast club in August for a club record fee from Levante who he joined in 2015 for an initial loan spell which turned out to be successful. Before that, he was at the club he began his career with, Colombian side Atletico Huila where he worked his way through the youth set up before making his professional debut in 2013.
The midfielder has nine international caps for Colombia to date after making his debut in 2017 and was also a member of the squad that participated in the 2016 Olympics.
A Monday night trip to the South Coast clearly caught the eye of the television companies for some reason, perhaps it has something to do with the last two games ending in entertaining score draws. After boths sides success in the Carabao Cup midweek, there has been some additional rest which no doubt has been made the most of. A win for Palace will see them break into double figures for the season while the hosts will be looking to bounce back from a big defeat at Burnley last time out.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Who Scored prediction – darw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 6/5
- Draw – 5/2
- Away – 9/4
- Both teams to score – 8/13