Palace Bournemouth Bound For Second Away Trip Of Week

After no games in three weeks, the Eagles embark on their second in a week with a trip to the South Coast with the Vitality Stadium having been a happy hunting ground in the recent past. 

 

MATCH INFORMATION

  • 7.45pm – 2nd April 2024
  • Vitality Stadium, Kings Park, Bournemouth BH7 7AF

 

PREVIOUS MEETING

Goals from Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze ensured a successful away trip for the Eagles on the final day of 2022, with both being assisted by Michael Olise. 

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Michael Olise (8.3)

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Scott. Assistants: Harry Lennard, Shaun Hudson. Fourth official: Simon Hooper. VAR: Rob Jones. Assistant VAR: Adam Nunn.

 
 

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Sam Johnstone, Rob Holding, Cheick Doucoure, Marc Guehi, and Matheus Franca are all unavailable due to injury. Michael Olise and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi are both nearing full fitness and either of them may take a place on the bench. 

BOURNEMOUTH – Ryan Fredericks, and Luis Sinisterra miss out while Marcos Senesi and Ryan Christie are doubts. 

 

DISCIPLINARY RECORD

RED CARDS – Jordan Ayew (1), Lewis Cook (1), Philip Billing (1)

YELLOW CARDS (6+) – Marcos Senesi (8), Jefferson Lerma (7), Jordan Ayew (6), 

 

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 06/12/23 Palace 0-2 Bournemouth
  • 13/05/23 Palace 2-0 Bournemouth
  • 31/12/22 Bournemouth 0-2 Palace
  • 15/09/20 Bournemouth 0-0 Palace
  • 20/06/20 Bournemouth 0-2 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 30/03/24 Forest 1-1 Palace
  • 09/03/24 Palace 1-1 Luton
  • 02/03/24 Spurs 3-1 Palace
  • 24/02/24 Palace 3-0 Burnley
  • 21/02/24 Everton 1-1 Palace

Last FIVE results for Bournemouth;

  • 30/03/24 Bournemouth 2-1 Everton
  • 13/03/24 Bournemouth 4-3 Luton
  • 09/03/24 Bournemouth 2-2 Sheffield United
  • 03/03/24 Burnley 0-2 Bournemouth
  • 27/02/24Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester

 

LEAGUE POSITION

Heading into the fixture, Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 30 points from 29 games played, while Bournemouth are 13th with 38 from the same games. 

 

RECORD AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH

  • Played 78
  • Won 28
  • Drawn 20
  • Lost 30

 

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Michael Olise 7.54
  • Eberechi Eze 7.25
  • Dominic Solanke 7.08
  • Marcus Tavernier 6.88

 

ONE TO WATCH

DOMINIC SOLANKE

FORMER CLUBS –  Chelsea, Vitesse (loan), Liverpool

The 26-year-old striker has surprised many by sitting second in the Premier League goal scoring chart level with Olise Watkins and behind Erling Haaland with 16 goals after adding to his tally against Everton at the weekend.

 

KEY CLASH

ADAM WHARTON v LEWIS COOK

This will be quite a battle between two in form midfielders who have quietly gone about their business this season. The Eagles youngster has been particularly impressive since making the step up to the Premier League in January. 

 

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Edouard, Eze, Olise, Mateta (6)
  • ASSISTS – Ayew (6)
  • PASSES – Andersen (1628)
  • TACKLES – Mitchell (80 – 4th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Andersen (2026)
  • SHOTS – Eze (58)
  • FOULS – Ayew (42– 7th in PL)
  • DISPOSSESSED – Ayew (72– 1st in PL)
  • SAVES – Johnstone (41)
  • CLEARANCES – Andersen (147– 1st in PL)
  • BIG CHANCES MISSED – Edouard (5)

 

THE NUMBERS

Bournemouth beat Palace 2-0 in December, ending a run of 5 consecutive Premier League defeats against them, and are vying for their first league double against the Londoners since 1988-89.

The Eagles have won 3 of their past 5 Premier League matches at the Vitality Stadium, which is as many victories as in their first 33 league fixtures away to Bournemouth.

The Eagles have failed to win any of their 9 Premier League away games (D4, L5) since a 2-0 victory at Burnley in November.

Palace could draw 3 successive league fixtures for the first time since February 2023.

The Londoners have scored first in each of their past 6 league matches but have only won 1 of those games (D3, L2).

Palace have dropped 20 points from winning positions this season, their highest figure in a single Premier League campaign.

They have scored just 15 away goals in the top flight this term, with only Sheffield United faring worse.

Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has a career-best 6 Premier League goals in 2023-24, is vying to score in 3 consecutive league games for the first time since doing so in the French second tier with Le Havre in 2017.

 

TEB PREDICTION

Consistently picking up points is key ahead of a tough run of fixtures coming up but it is easy to forget that Oliver Glasner has only overseen one loss since becoming Palace boss. It is difficult to gauge how this midweek fixture will go but even though Bournemouth edged Everton at the weekend, that were not particularly impressive in doing so. This will be their fourth Premier League game at home in a row which is an odd statistic (W2, D1). We will be predicting a third scoring draw in a row for the Eagles. 

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

 

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