- Premier League, England
- Dean Court, Bournemouth
- October 1st, 2018 – 20:00
Bournemouth host Crystal Palace tonight with the enticing prospect of a return to the upper echelons of the Premier League should they win.
It is, however, a far from straightforward task. The Cherries have one win in four (D1, L2) Premier League games. However, in all competitions, Eddie Howe’s team suffered two defeats in five (W3) and remain unbeaten in five at home (W4, D1). The last four all featured over 2.5 goals, with Bournemouth scoring at least two in every home game.
There is a proviso, however. While they kept two clean sheets, the other three saw the visitors score two goals. Curiously, each of the teams which scored three also had a player sent off. Four players received their marching orders in the last six Bournemouth matches.
Crystal Palace by contrast, sit 13th in the Premier League table. Three points lifts them eight clear of the bottom three which is a comfortable cushion at this stage of the season.
In seven of the Eagles games this season, only one team scored at most. Palace won two of the last three to nil but have yet to win at home this season. Bizarrely, the only home to team to have scored in, and won a Crystal Palace fixture is Watford. It was one of only two games to see over 2.5 goals.
AFC Bournemouth Team News
Dan Gosling and Charlie Daniels are both absent for the home side, but Junior Stanislas came through the midweek over Blackburn unscathed and is likely to feature tonight. After losing 4 – 0 to Burnley last time out, Eddie Howe is expected to ring the changes through the XI.
Crystal Palace Team News
Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Connor Wickham, and Jairo Riedewald all miss out through injury. Max Meyer is expected to make his first Premier League start after shining in the Carabao Cup win at West Brom in midweek.
Form (Last six matches)
- Bournemouth: DWLWWW
- Crystal Palace: DWLWLW
This is the 71st meeting between the two sides with Bournemouth ahead 28 wins to Crystal Palace’s 23. Five of the 19 drawn matches occurred in the last seven. Both last season’s matches finished 2 – 2.
Bournemouth haven’t won any of the three Premier League matches at home (D2, L1) and conceded two goals in each of the past two.
Crystal Palace are strong away from Selhurst Park with one defeat in five (W4) and clean sheets in each of their four wins. A three-match unbeaten run at Dean Court will also imbue belief in the performance, particularly with two clean sheets in that run. Their away form this season points to a well-disciplined XI which knows how to defend.
However, they face a Bournemouth team which has only failed to score once in the last 16 home games. Goals, the stats suggest, are on the cards.
Both Teams to Score: “YES” – 1.60 (3/5)
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