Defensive Injuries Mounting But Eagles Keen On Back To Back Wins

The final month of the year gets underway as Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth travel to South London for a fixture that both teams will see as a chance to increase the points tally.

DATE

3rd December 2019

KICK OFF

7.30pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST SEASON

This fixture last season was a goal fest but as it was the final game of the season, both sides had the opportunity to relax with the pressure off. Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi got Palace off to a great start with two quick goals. A Jack Simpson own goal put the hosts into a commanding position before Jefferson Lerma pulled one back right on the break.

Jordan Ibe brought the Cherries back to within a goal after the interval before Patrick van Aanholt hit Palace’s fourth midway through the second half. Josh King made it 4-3 before Andros Townsend secured the points with ten minutes left to play as the Eagles went on to win 5-3.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Anthony Taylor

ASSISTANTS – Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn, Robert Jones (fourth official)

VAR – Chris Kavanagh, Daniel Cook (assistant)

INJURIES

PALACE – Gary Cahill and Scott Dann could both miss out due to injury while Joel Ward will not feature due to a knee problem.

BOURNEMOUTH – Junior Stanislas, Josh King, Charlie Daniels and David Brooks are all ruled out while Andrew Surman, Lloyd Kelly and Adam Smith are unlikely to feature but may face late fitness tests.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Simon Francis (1)

6 bookings – Luka Milivojevic, Jefferson Lerma

5 bookings – Philip Billing

4 bookings – Diego Rico

3 bookings – Jordan Ayew, Callum Wilson

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 12/05/2019 Crystal Palace 5-3 Bournemouth
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 30/11/2019 Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 23/11/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
  • 09/11/2019 Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 03/11/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
  • 27/10/2019 Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Bournemouth;

  • 30/11/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Bournemouth
  • 23/11/2019 Bournemouth 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 09/11/2019 Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth
  • 02/11/2019 Bournemouth 1-0 Manchester United
  • 26/10/2019 Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

RECORD AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH

  • Played 66
  • Won 21
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 26

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Diego Rico 7.21
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.13
  • Steve Cook 7.10
  • James McArthur 6.99

ONE TO WATCH

DIEGO RICO SALGUERO

Former clubs – Burgos Promesas, Zaragoza, Leganes

The Spaniard is proving to be a good find for Bournemouth who made over a century of appearances for Zaragoza for whom he made his professional debut in 2012. A move to Leganes took place in 2016 for a fee of £1million before heading to the South Coast of England in 2018.

KEY CLASH

MAMADOU SAKHO v CALLUM WILSON

The Frenchman is expected to return to the starting line up for this midweek fixture following knocks to Gary Cahill and Scott Dann. It will be his first start for a while and suggestions are that Palace will be in good hands after his cameo against Burnley at the weekend. He will be up against the Cherries sought after striker Wilson who has 5 Premier League goals to his name so far this season.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Bournemouth have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 league matches
  • Palace have lost their last three home league matches
  • Top tacklers – James McArthur (31), Luka Milivojevic (31), Philip Billing (29)
  • Bournemouth have lost their last three league matches
  • Top passers – Nathan Ake (665), Steve Cook (664), Luka Milivojevic (632)
  • Bournemouth have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Palace in all competitions
  • Top scorers – Harry Wilson (6), Callum Wilson (5), Jordan Ayew (4)
  • Palace have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 home league matches

PREDICTION

Bournemouth travel to South London during a dip in form which is often a dangerous opponent to face but this Eagles side have something about them at the moment. While you could have expected their confidence to have dropped having played five of the top six in successive games, the win at Burnley at the weekend provides an opportunity for back to back wins in quick succession.

Final score: Palace to win 2-1 (Ayew, Milivojevic)

OPPOSITION VIEW

This week we had a chat with David Codron from the AFCB Sydney Supporters Club who shared his thoughts on the season so far, the game against Palace and much more.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 11/10
  • Draw – 12/5
  • Away – 5/2
  • Both teams to score – 4/5
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