Palace Face Battle For Right To Take On City in EFL Cup

Cup duty beckons for the Eagles as the second round draw paired Roy Hodgson’s men with recently relegated Bournemouth down on the South Coast who have gone through plenty of changes since their return to the Championship was confirmed.

DATE

15th September 2020

KICK OFF

7.45pm

VENUE

Vitality Stadium, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 7AF

LAST TIME

We do not have to look too far back for the last visit to the Vitality. It was in fact the fixture that was postponed back in March before the country went into lockdown, and the first fixture for Palace upon the restart. It turned out to be the final victory for the Eagles before the end of the season too thanks to goals from Luke Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Jordan Ayew (8.0)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins, Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Gary Cahill, Nathan Ferguson

BOURNEMOUTH – Diego Rico, Asmir Begovic, Steve Cook, Chris Mepham

SUSPENSIONS

None

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 20/06/2020 Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 03/12/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth
  • 12/05/2019 Crystal Palace 5-3 Bournemouth
  • 01/10/2018 Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 07/04/2018 Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 12/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
  • 05/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Brondby
  • 01/09/2020 Millwall 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • 29/08/2020 Crystal Palace 3-0 Charlton Athletic
  • 25/08/2020 Crystal Palace 2-1 Oxford United

Last FIVE results for Bournemouth;

  • 12/09/2020 Bournemouth 3-2 Bacburn Rovers
  • 05/09/2020 West Ham United 3-5 Bournemouth
  • 30/08/2020 Benfica 2-1 Bournemouth
  • 26/07/2020 Everton 1-3 Bournemouth
  • 19/07/2020 Bournemouth 0-2 Southampton

RECORD AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH

  • Played 74
  • Won 26
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 29

ONE TO WATCH

DAVID BROOKS

FORMER CLUBS – Manchester City, Sheffield United, Halifax Town (loan)

The Warrington born midfielder was sorely missed last season as a spell on the sidelines meant that he was not able to join the fight to stay in the Premier League. For that reason, he will be keen to prove a point and it is no secret how dangerous his is form any opposition. There will be plenty of clubs keen on adding him to their squad before the transfer window closes. At just 23 years of age, Brooks already has 13 full international appearances for Wales.

KEY CLASH

MICHY BATSHUAYI v LLOYD KELLY

The Belgian striker on loan from Chelsea is expected to make his second debut for the Eagles after signing on loan for the season. He will prove tricky opposition to the young Bournemouth defender but it is likely to an intriguing battle after receiving rave reviews towards the end of last season after stepping into the Cherries backline.

PRE MATCH FACTS

  • This is the first meeting between the two sides in any cup competition
  • Palace have failed to get past round two of the League Cup just 4 times in the last 10 seasons
  • The Eagles have won 3 of the last 6 meetings with Bournemouth, with 2 draws

PREDICTION

The hosts really are a club in transition at the moment with long season ahead of them now they are in the Championship, but they may just want to prove a point. If as we suspect, Hodgson goes with a mixture of first team and fringe players, there should be enough about them to get through to play Manchester City in the next round.

FINAL SCORE: 2-0 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 2/1
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Away – 13/10
  • Both teams to score – 8/11

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