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Preview: AFC Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

6 April 2018

Palace head to Dorset this weekend hoping to continue their good recent record at Bournemouth, which could lead to them winning successive away games for the first time in 12 months.

Since the Cherries joined Palace in the top-flight three seasons ago, the Eagles have claimed a goalless draw and a 2-0 success on their travels to Eddie Howe's team, and if they keep Bournemouth at bay again Saturday it would be only the second time in club history that they have kept three consecutive away clean sheets at one top-flight club – doing so against Huddersfield Town between 1970 and 2018.

That victory against the Terriers was Palace's only victory from their past nine games, leaving them just two points ahead of the relegation zone, however another win on the road would see them move just four points behind their opponents who currently sit in the top half.

Goals galore in Cherries' recent games

Jermain Defoe

Last weekend Bournemouth trailed 2-1 at Watford, but Jermain Defoe netted in stoppage-time to put his club within touching distance of the 40-point mark this campaign.

Having netted nine times in 10 previous encounters with the Eagles, Defoe is on the brink of a little bit of Premier League history as he has scored a brace in each of his last three games against Palace – only Michael Owen has scored 2+ goals in four consecutive appearances against a single team in the competition.

However while scoring goals hasn't been too much of an issue for Howe's men (only Tottenham Hotspur are on a longer scoring run than the Cherries' 13 games), stopping them has. Bournemouth have conceded in 12 of their last 13 league games including each of the last seven, while eight goals have been shipped in their last three outings.

View From The Opposition

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe:

"It’s a huge game for us, we know the importance of it and still have tough games to come but they are all tough in the Premier League. We know this is a big game in our schedule but we are looking forward to it and believe we can win it but it’s not going to be easy.

"I have always said that until it’s mathematically certain we are in a battle to stay in the division and I have said that all season. I want my players to play with confidence and freedom but knowing how important the game is. We know the challenge we face and that is why we are going to need the crowd to be really involved in the match." 

Team News

James Tomkins

Palace: Roy Hodgson is waiting on the progress of Christian Benteke's groin injury after he had to leave Thursday's training session but is boosted by the return of James Tomkins. He is available again after the centre-back missed the loss to Liverpool last week with a calf strain, while Alexander Sørloth once again misses out with a hamstring injury.

Joel Ward (knee), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle) and Connor Wickham (groin) are all missing, while Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako will likely miss the rest of the campaign.

Bournemouth: Junior Stanislas will miss the rest of Bournemouth’s season after undergoing knee surgery following his injury suffered in the 2-2 draw last weekend at Watford when he had to leave the game at half time.

Defender Adam Smith has not recovered from his knee injury for the match but captain Simon Francis could return after recovering from his hamstring injury. 

Matchday Officials

Jonathan Moss

Jonathan Moss will take charge of his fourth Palace game of the season, after overseeing the opening day defeat to Huddersfield Town, the goalless draw against Manchester City and the 3-1 loss at Everton in February.

The Eagles have only won six of the 23 games Moss has precided over, however the last victory came in this fixture last season when Chrsitian Benteke and Scott Dann grabbed a 2-0 win for Sam Allardyce's side.

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Refs: Eddie Smart and Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

Matchday Stats

Joshua King

The home side haven’t won any of the five previous Premier League meetings between these two.

There has been a goal scored in the 89th minute or later in each of Bournemouth’s last six games, with four of those affecting the outcome.

Bournemouth have won 14 of a possible 21 points from their last seven home league games (W4 D2 L1).

The Cherries have won just one of their last six Premier League games (D3 L2), having won four of the six before this run.

The last team from the bottom half to win at the Vitality Stadium were Palace back in January 2017.

Palace are looking to win consecutive away games at Bournemouth for the first time in their history, having picked up just four wins in their 34 previous visits.

Joshua King has scored 14 goals in 22 Premier League appearances in the months of March and April.

Jermain Defoe’s equaliser against Watford was his 24th goal as a substitute in the Premier League, seven more than any other player has managed.

Luka Milivojevic has scored seven penalties in the division this season – no other club has scored more than five.

Eddie Howe has won just one of his five Premier League encounters with Palace (W1 D3 L1).


  Bournemouth wins Draws Palace wins
League 28 18 23
FA Cup 0 0 0
League Cup 0 0 0
Total 28 18 23

Matchday Information 

Vitality Stadium

Tickets for Palace fans have sold out.

Coach travel will depart from Selhurst Park at 10am, costing £17 - book now

For information about the ground and travel directions, see our Away Travel Guide.

For those travelling to the match check out the Away Supporters Guide. 

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to the Vitality Stadium, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 

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Match Reports

Report: Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace

7 April 2018

An excellent individual effort from Wilfried Zaha looked to have sealed a valuable three points for the Eagles until once again Bournemouth scored a late goal to take a share of the spoils.

Seven points separated both sides as the relegation run in continues to be as tight as ever this season and Roy Hodgson went into this one without the injured Christian Benteke but did welcome back James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the starting eleven.

The hosts had the perfect opportunity to take an early advantage as Charlie Daniels played the ball into the box and he found Callum Wilson but the striker, who was left unmarked in wasn’t able to connect in the way he would have liked and the ball ran out of play.

On nine minutes Palace had their first chance of the afternoon when Andros Townsend played the ball across goal but Steve Cook just got to it ahead of  Wilfried Zaha to put out of play and give away the first corner of the afternoon.

James McArthur had the next opportunity to break the deadlock for the visitors when after a good spell of passing he was the man with the ball at his feet, inside the box, and the chance to shoot which he did but with the effort heading towards goal he saw it blocked by Nathan Ake.  

In a good first half of football between the two sides the action was soon back at the other end of the field and Palace were grateful for an excellent block by Aaron Wan-Bissaka on 37 minutes to deny Jermain Defoe when the striker was in a good position in front of goal.

In added time of the opening period Simon Francis’s cross was met well by Wilson but his powerful header as he got up above his man went wide of the target.  

Palace had the perfect start to the second half as birthday boy Luka Milivojevic struck the perfect free kick from outside the box on 47 minutes after a foul on James Tomkins.

Asmir Begovic didn’t stand a chance in the Bournemouth goal as it was so well placed into the bottom corner of the net to give Hodgson’s side a vital lead.

Just minutes later at the other end of the pitch Wayne Hennessey kept his side ahead with a fine save as he got down well to push away a shot from Lewis Cook as the home side looked for an immediate response.

Patrick van Aanholt had a great chance to extend the lead when he found himself in space and picking the ball up to run towards goal but his shot was saved by Begovic from close range.

The home side pushed forward trying to get on level terms and in turn left space at the back with a couple of chances falling to Zaha. On 59 minutes he saw his shot pushed away by Begovic and then he had another chance when put in by Townsend but that effort was blocked.

The home side made Palace pay for those missed chances when substitute Lys Mousset made the most of his chance just two minutes after coming on as he put away the opportunity past Hennessey to bring the scores level.

Hodgson’s side soon regained the advantage when Zaha showed his brilliance by getting the better of his man with an excellent turn on the edge of the box and then firing the ball into the roof of the net with a superb left foot finish, which Begovic could do nothing about, with fifteen minutes remaining.

With six minutes remaining Fraser got the better of his man and drove the ball into the box but Cabaye made a terrific block to cut out the danger. 

The home side were back on level terms though with two minutes remaining as another sub, Joshua King, scored yet another late Cherries goal this season, as he got the ball over the line at the far post. 

Despite two excellent goals for the visitors it was only a share of the points for Hodgson's side on their trip to the south coast despite leading twice against Eddie Howe's side. 

Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Cook (Surman 80), Gosling, Aké. Pugh (Mousset 62), Daniels, Wilson (King 62), Cook, Defoe, Fraser

Subs: Boruc, Smith, Simpson, Taylor

Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha, Sakho, McArthur, Wan-Bissaka

Subs: Cavalieri, Lee, Souaré, Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Daly, Riedewald.

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Ticket News

Tickets: AFC Bournemouth Sold Out

15 March 2018

Tickets for our away Premier League match against Bournemouth on Saturday 7th April, kick-off 3pm, are now sold out.

The club will be operating a waiting list for the fixture should any return tickets become available. 

Fans wishing to join the waiting list should email with their client reference number, the number of tickets they require and a contact telephone number. Please show subject line as Bournemouth Waiting List.

In the email please include the following details:-


Client Ref: (One for each ticket required)

Telephone number

Email address.  

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