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Palace Preview: Eagles look to end season on high against Bournemouth

11 May 2019

It's the end of another season for Crystal Palace, with Roy Hodgson's men having experienced the typical highs and lows of a Premier League campaign yet again.

Palace are currently preparing to end the 2018/19 campaign at home against AFC Bournemouth, with a 3pm kick-off this Sunday being the last 90 minutes of competitive football they will play until the pre-season begins.

Should results go the Eagles' way, they could finish the campaign in an impressive 11th place with a joint-record 49 points. To do so, the south Londoners will have to defeat the Cherries and hope that West Ham United lose against Watford. Who then takes 11th spot will depend on goal difference or even total goals scored.

Palace won't be the only club looking to advance their position, however, as Eddie Howe's Bournemouth can also climb higher up the Premier League table, needing only a victory over Palace to leapfrog the south Londoners.

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And Howe's visiting side will be confident of their chances, having lost just once against Palace in their most recent seven clashes. That said, four of those games resulted in draws and Palace have won three of their past five matches, losing only one in a game at the hands of league leaders Manchester City.

Elsewhere, of course, the Citizens will be vying to make the most of their one-point lead over second-placed Liverpool to win the league and no other team bar Bournemouth can overtake the Eagles in the league.

Palace broke a record lately in their 3-2 win over Cardiff City when Wilfried Zaha netted the Eagles' opener as he joined captain Luka Milivojevic on over 10 goals for the season. This is the first ever time in the Premier League that Palace have had two players on double figures in the same season.

The last clash between the Eagles and Cherries saw a late Junior Stanislas penalty mean that the south coast side stole three points in a 2-1 victory. You can read how events unfolded here.

Team news

Palace will be without long-term absentees Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp as expected. Hodgson revealed that Scott Dann needs assessment and Christian Benteke missed the recent clash with Cardiff City due to a facial injury sustained against Everton.

Bournemouth will be without David Brooks, Dan Gosling and Dominic Solanke and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will be rested again.

Tactical overview

Bournemouth have scored more goals this season than any club outside of the league's top six, with Callum Wilson bagging an impressive 15 of their total so far. However, Howe's men have also conceded the joint-fourth most goals in the campaign - showing an attacking style that may over-commit going forward and thus leaves its back four exposed.

Palace might be able to exploit this if they keep the play tight and find the optimum moments to counter against an off-guard or under-protected defence.

Stat to share

Ryan Fraser has 14 Premier League assists this season for Bournemouth. Only two players have assisted as many as 14 in a season playing for a club who finished in the Premier League's bottom half: Nolberto Solano in 1999-00 (15, Newcastle) and Muzzy Izzet in 2003-04 (14, Leicester).

Live coverage

This match will not be shown live on TV in the UK but we'll have you covered across our channels.

Right here on, we'll bring you everything from pre-match through to the final whistle and beyond as we keep you updated with our live blog.

You can also check out our Instagram story pre-match for all of the build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you match updates.

Alternatively, grab your Palace Audio pass for just £1.49 to enjoy full commentary of this match.

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

*Please note that Norwood Junction is closed on Sunday. Find out more details here.*

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles fly in eight-goal thriller

Crystal Palace 5-3 AFC Bournemouth

12 May 2019

A game that set itself against a backdrop of celebration - for both Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon, as well as the close to the 2018/19 season - delivered an eight-goal thriller that saw Crystal Palace run riot on the Selhurst turf to defeat a visiting Bournemouth.

After a slow opening 20 minutes, the clash burst into life through Michy Batshuayi and the goals didn't dry up from then on.

The first chance appeared to fall to Palace, as Max Meyer played a fine ball into the path of Batshuayi who found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Mark Travers. His effort was well saved as the assistant referee raised his flag. Equally close, Luka Milivojevic was then denied by the woodwork rather than laws of the game as he struck a fierce, bending effort from 25 yards which shook the post and flew out of play.

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Wearing the newly unveiled 2019/20 home shirt, the Eagles looked sharp in attire as well as skill and Wilfried Zaha unsettled the visiting Cherries as he danced his way into their box before ultimately falling victim to a crowd of legs at close-quarters.

Palace's close chances finally yielded success after 23 minutes when Batshuayi - this time onside - strongly held off the tight marking of Steve Cook to acrobatically turn home a deflected Zaha cross from five yards out. With his effort, the sun struck Selhurst and the already energised crowd in SE25 burst into life, with a positive home win seeming a likely reward for their following this season.

Lifted by the bulging of the net, Palace looked determined to double their advantage and both Max Meyer and Milivojevic sought to put their side further ahead with off-target efforts.

Shortly afterwards, their resolve paid off.

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Again it was Batshuayi, again it was at close-quarters and again it was emphatically received by the onlooking 25,000. With Aaron Wan-Bissaka exhibiting his experience as a former winger down the right flank, the Belgian forward only had to stretch the sinews of his stuck-out leg to prod home a well-whipped cross which fizzed low through the Cherries' box.

Two soon became three minutes later as the Eagles launched Selhurst Park into an end-of-season party via the misfortunes of Jack Simpson. Zaha charged head-down towards Travers and unleashed a venomous shot at the teenage goalkeeper. Cannoning off his 'keeper's chest with pace, the on-running Simpson was unfortunately placed and ended up bouncing the ball off his shin into his own goal.

Retaliating against what appeared primed to turn into a home side riot, Jefferson Lerma took control of his team's afternoon and launched a stunning long-distance effort in Vicente Guaita's direction which sailed into Palace's net to go down as the fourth goal of the half. It was a strike worthy of vociferous celebration, however the Cherries and their fans remained conservative in their excitement given the deficit they faced.

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Looking to open the second half as they had played through the first, Andros Townsend cracked a promising shot at goal however Travers was equal to his attempt and met it very well to deny the winger. James McArthur was next to test his luck but was also prevented from scoring by Travers, who blocked his close-range shot instinctively.

But, against the run of play, it was the visitors who scored next. Jordan Ibe was the man who found the net when, on the edge of the box, he took a composed touch before angling an effort between Guaita and his post to give Bournemouth hopes of a comeback.

The hopes were dashed before the could fully develop, however, by some fine link-up play between Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt, as the former threaded the latter in before watching him slot home cooly under pressure.

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Meyer was next to worry the travelling support with a sweetly caught effort from just outside the box which crept whiskers past the 'keeper's left post. The action wasn't confined to Travers' end of the pitch, though, as Guaita was forced into being alert when he stood firmly as the obstacle between substitute Lys Moussett and glory.

He couldn't keep Bournemouth out any further seconds later as Joshua King netted from close range after Chris Mepham nodded him into space from a corner.

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The Cherries' celebrations were later proved to be in vain when Townsend bagged Palace's fifth goal of the game after a sublime drive from Zaha, who skipped around Nathaniel Clyne and Lerma, running 40-yards to selflessly switch to his teammate on the wing, who made no mistake of striking home.

With the game well won, Roy Hodgson offered more cause for celebration by handing a first team debut to Luke Dreher, the Academy graduate coming on late in place of Townsend after a difficult time battling with injury.

At the close a season full of the usual highs and lows of the Premier League and Crystal Palace, the Eagles ended their campaign on an incontestible high with a game very much worthy of celebration.

Palace: Guiata, Van Aanholt, Wan-Bissaka, Ward, Kelly, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend (Dreher 90+1), Zaha (Sako 87), Batshuayi (Wickham 89). 

Subs not used: Hennessey, Riedewald, Tavares, Benteke.

Bournemouth: Travers, Cook, Ake, Lerma, Ibe (Moussett 70), Wilson, Smith, King, Clyne (Surridge 89), Fraser, Simpson (Mepham 70).

Subs not used: Boruc, Hyndman, Taylor, Butcher.

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