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Palace Preview: Eight-goal thriller sets high bar for Bournemouth clash

2 December 2019

The last time Crystal Palace faced AFC Bournemouth in SE25, Selhurst Park witnessed eight goals strike the back of the net in a packed end-of-season clash that will live long in the memory.

That day saw Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon say farewell, the 2019/20 home kits exclusively revealed and a season which saw Palace finish 12th in the top flight come to an end. If the 19:30 kick-off tonight is anything close to May’s action-packed denouement, fans are in for a treat.

Palace will no doubt be entering the clash buoyed by their recent success against Burnley and the visitors’ relative struggles of late. Over their last three matches, the Cherries have accrued no points and subsequently sit below the Eagles by just one place in the Premier League table.

Victory for either side will prove a significant result - with Eddie Howe’s men able to leapfrog Roy Hodgson’s, whereas the home side have the potential to break the 20-point barrier - greater than fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur’s current haul.

More encouragingly still, Bournemouth have lost their last five Premier League games in London, conceding 19 goals in the process. In fact, they have earned just one point from their most recent three away games.

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However, the Eagles would be remiss to underestimate their opponent, with Bournemouth having scalped Manchester United early last month as well as having only lost recent fixtures by a single goal. 

Sitting behind only Aston Villa, Bournemouth are the bottom 10’s highest-scoring club, with much of this coming via midfielder Harry Wilson. Wilson netted a brace against Spurs on Saturday - threatening a Cherries comeback from 3-0 down with goals in the 73rd and 96th minute.

Five of Wilson’s six league goals this season have been scored away from home. More strikingly, the Welshman has netted 56% (five out of nine) of Bournemouth’s away league goals this term.

Did you know?

Both teams have scored in all four Premier League meetings between Palace and Bournemouth at Selhurst Park, with 17 goals being netted in total in these games (4.3 per game).

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Tactical overview

Bournemouth typically field a 4-4-2, with Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke leading the charge.

This has led to the Cherries netting at least once in their last four games, having failed to find the goal in the three matches prior to that.

Team news

The Eagles were without Joel Ward and Gary Cahill against Burnley over the weekend. Hodgson has now confirmed that Cahill and Scott Dann will not be up for selection.

Bournemouth are currently suffering from several injuries, but are without any fresh concerns. Solanke, Ryan Fraser, Simon Francis and Philip Billing have returned to fitness recently.

However, Joshua King and Adam Smith were unavailable against Spurs on Saturday.

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Bournemouth clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

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.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Schlupp leads 10-man Palace to victory

3 December 2019

After losing two of their back four to a red card and injury respectively, a battle-scarred Crystal Palace defied the odds for 70 minutes tonight to overcome a visiting AFC Bournemouth via the determined boots of Jeffrey Schlupp.

Summary

  • Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins line-up alongside one another for the first time in nine months
  • Sakho receives a red card for a foul on Adam Smith
  • Patrick van Aanholt is replaced by Jeffrey Schlupp in the 29th minute
  • Half-time: Palace 0-0 Bournemouth
  • 77 minute: Palace take the lead in emphatic fashion through Jeffrey Schlupp
  • Vicente Guaita denies Jefferson Lerma with minutes left to play
  • Full-time: Palace 1-0

The evening started in typical fashion for a fixture pitting teams together after just two days’ out of action and both sides seemed reticent in their attacks. The visiting Cherries appeared to threaten most with a series of half-chances from the wings while Palace found themselves frustratingly crowded out when the ball fell in front of the Whitehorse Lane.

The course of the clash was redirected just 20 minutes in, however, and Palace were forced into reactionary defence when Mamadou Sakho saw the red of Anthony Taylor’s card for a foul on Adam Smith. His return to a well known partnership with James Tomkins after nine months cruelly ended in front of aghast teammates - and Palace were cut down to just one natural centre-back despite boasting five in their first-team squad.

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With Cheikhou Kouyate slotting in to the back four as he does for Senegal, Bournemouth saw their first notable chance on target fall into Vicente Guaita’s arms after a close-range shot from Chris Mepham.

Minutes later, further trouble struck for the hosts as Patrick van Aanholt limped off the pitch and down the tunnel - Schlupp replacing him at left-back after a brief James McArthur cameo.

Despite the hamstringing inflicted on Palace, the home side appeared in control and on the offensive, perhaps instructed to claim their advantage before the effect of a missing man took its toll.

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That said, Bournemouth continued to enjoy their own tame chances and Philip Billing stroked a soft effort into Guaita’s arms as Dominic Solanke laid the Danish off on the edge of the box.

A defensive change at the break saw James McCarthy take the place of Andros Townsend but Bournemouth enjoyed the second-half’s first chance when Harry Wilson played a fine cross-box pass towards Callum Wilson. Martin Kelly, however, stretched out a leg, and astutely intercepted the ball just inches before Wilson turned it into a near-empty net.

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The Cherries then failed to create much else in front of goal and the game settled back to its rather languid first-half pace. A pair of substitutions and later a pair of bookings for fouls on Wilfried Zaha was Bournemouth's approach to liven up the match, but Palace came closest to breaking the deadlock afterwards.

Zaha - who caused the visitors trouble throughout the night - routinely burst his way along the left-wing but, upon finding space to plant a cross, found his testing ball unmet by anyone in red and blue. The Ivorian then hit the turf minutes later, but was adjudged to have tripped on the back of Mepham’s ankle.

With frustration clear to see for all in SE25, a close-fought game became scrappy, and Taylor handed out four yellow cards in almost as many minutes.

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The Eagles were determined, though, and Jordan Ayew epitomised the home side’s resolve with a run that saw him jink through player after player before Jeffrey Schlupp replicated his countryman’s drive.

Schlupp, head down and legs working overtime, burst from the halfway line and towards the Bournemouth box. On the end of such a fine push, the left-back took aim and fired with devastating effect, forcing the ball beyond Aaron Ramsdale.

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The evening's drama was far from ending as the minutes turned to seconds and Guaita was forced into match-winning action to block Lerma's long-range effort from wriggling into his netting.

Ignited by a succession of alarming close calls, Schlupp sought to reenact his earlier heroics as he danced into the box, but having opted to cross rather than shoot, found his run this time come to no fruition.

At full-time in the first game screened by Amazon, Crystal Palace had delivered.

Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt (Schlupp 29), McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Townsend (McCarthy 45), Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Hennessey, Riedewald, Camarasa, Wickham, Benteke.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico (Francis 64), Ake, Mepham, Smith, Lerma, Groeneveld (Fraser 64), Billing, H.Wilson, Solanke, C.Wilson.

Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Cook, Stacey, Simpson.

Make sure to keep an eye on Palace TV for full match highlights and reaction from the team - all for free! Either click here or 'Palace TV' in the official Palace app.

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Ticket News

Buy tickets for Palace v Bournemouth tonight without a Membership

3 December 2019

Crystal Palace welcome AFC Bournemouth to Selhurst Park tonight (3rd December - 19:30 K.O. GMT) and you could be there without the need of a Membership! Take advantage and perhaps witness another eight-goal thriller like our final game of the 2018/19 season.

The fixture against the Cherries is one of the few top-flight games in SE25 that has been made available for general sale, meaning all you need to purchase a ticket is a want to get on the Selhurst terraces.

You do not need a Membership to purchase your seats (maximum of four per person) for Palace's clash with the Eddie Howe’s side, so grab your tickets before they sell-out by clicking here!

You can also call the Box Office on 0871 200 0071 or visit in person at Selhurst Park for ticketing purchases.

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