The final game of a long, long season is now upon us with Selhurst Park playing host to Bournemouth in a fixture that stinks of beach material more than flip flops, towels and sun cream ever could.
While all eyes will be on the Amex and Anfield for the duration of the afternoon, we can all sit back, relax and enjoy a ninety minutes of football safe in the knowledge that we have a few weeks off before it all starts again.
Will Roy Hodgson go out for the win or remain cautious? Will there be a dry eye in the house as we bid a fond farewell to our favourite Argentine? Which players will be wearing the red and blue for the final time? Will Selhurst run out of Palace Ale??
So many questions with very little in the way of answers but I think we can all agree that all in all, it really has not been a bad season with an 11th place Premier League finish up for grabs, potentially our best ever points tally in the Premier League as well as reaching the quarter finals of both cups.
Of course, there are plenty of caveats in there (like the poor home form) but there have been a number of high points along the way which we will no doubt cover once the season is over and we pick the bones out of it in our review articles.
Bournemouth are always a tough side to play against and looking at their results this season, they have been very unpredictable but few will forget their demolition of Brighton a few weeks back. Having said that, there is as much as £4million at stake here between an 11th and 13th place finish. Certainly an amount of prize money not to be sniffed at.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp ended their seasons early while Christian Benteke is a doubt.
BOURNEMOUTH – Charlie Daniels, Lewis Cook, Simon Francis, Andrew Surman, Diego Rico and Junior Stanislas are all out injured. David Brooks, Dan Gosling and Dominic Solanke are doubtful.
The last time the two sides met was down on the South Coast at the Vitality Stadium back in October. The hosts took a very early lead through David Brooks before Patrick van Aanholt leveled things up just after the break. A mistake in the penalty area by Mamadou Sakho allowed Junior Stanislas the opportunity to give the hosts the three points from the spot, which he duly did.
Who Scored man of the match – Callum Wilson (7.4)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 01/10/2018 Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 04/05/2019 Cardiff City 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
- 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
- 06/04/2019 Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Bournemouth;
- 04/05/2019 Bournemouth 1-0 Arsenal
- 27/04/2019 Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth
- 20/04/2019 Bournemouth 0-1 Fulham
- 13/04/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-5 Bournemouth
- 06/04/2019 Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley
THE RECORD AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH
- Played 71
- Won 23
- Drawn 19
- Lost 29
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.29
- Luka Milivojevic 7.20
- Ryan Fraser 7.10
- Callum Wilson 7.01
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Aberdeen, Ipswich Town (loan)
The diminutive winger joined the South Coast club from Aberdeen in 2013 for a fee of just £400,000. Since then, he has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the Cherries and has 7 full international caps for Scotland since making his debut in the 2-2 draw with England in June 2017. The tricky winger has bags of pace and has caused opposing teams plenty of problems throughout a season where he has really become a key part of this Bournemouth side. He has found the net on 7 occasions in the Premier League and chipped in with 14 assists and could be a real thorn in the Eagles side in this game.
SCOTT DANN v CALLUM WILSON
With injuries to the first choice centre back pairing for Palace, former captain Dann has rolled back the years in what has been an unexpected run in the side. He has been caught for pace at times but his experienced head has seen him play his part in the Eagles safety this season. With the visit of Bournemouth it is likely that he will have to deal with the talented Callum Wilson during the match who will be hot property in the summer with his Premier League goal tally hitting double figures. The striker caused Spurs plenty of problems last weekend so Dann will have to be wary of the threat the Cherries striker poses.
Who knows what will happen in the supposed dead rubber of an end of season game. All eyes will be elsewhere no doubt but to end the season at home is always a fun occasion if, of course, there is nothing to play for! Regardless, we have a feeling that a win may just help us forget how bad the home form has been this season with a narrow win after a glut of goals. Will Roy release the shackles and go for it, or will he be cautious like the rest of the season?
- TEB prediction – home win
- AFC Bournemouth Sydney Supporters Group prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 5/6
- Draw 11/4
- Away 11/4
- Both teams to score 9/20
Find out what the guys from the AFC Bournemouth Sydney Supporters Group told TEB this week in The Bournemouth View