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Palace Preview: Ayew teeters on Palace record as Eagles return v Bournemouth

19 June 2020

It's been 14 long weeks, but finally Crystal Palace are back. Looking ahead to the Eagles' first game back against AFC Bournemouth, build-up to one of the club's most anticipated games in history with our preview below.

For any information regarding the season restart that's not specific to this evening's Cherries match, click here instead.

It doesn’t take an expert to see how crucial Jordan Ayew has been in Crystal Palace’s success this season. Netting in consecutive 1-0 wins against Brighton and Watford respectively, the Ghanaian has secured the Eagles two of their three back-to-back wins.

Ayew’s goals, in fact, have led him to teeter on the edge of breaking a seasonal club record with nine games to go. Having earned the Eagles 14 points from eight goals this season, Ayew sits just one point behind Andrew Johnson’s contribution in 2004/05. No single player has collected Palace more points in Premier League history.

With nine games left in 2019/20, and Palace having defended with confidence and ability before the suspension, it looks like Ayew is braced to overcome - perhaps quite significantly - Johnson’s longstanding record.

But Ayew isn’t the only one who has taken Palace to their greatest points total at this stage of a Premier League season, with players across the pitch coming in for praise from fans and Roy Hodgson alike.

In the Man of the Match vote after Watford, six players shared 90% of the fans’ selections, with Christian Benteke, James McCarthy and Cheikhou Kouyate standing out. Palace’s backline combination of Gary Cahill and Scott Dann have also drawn attention for their steadfast, triple clean sheet-earning display.

Another Palace 1-0 win will be firmly in the memory for south Londoners this weekend, with the Eagles’ last game against Bournemouth turning out a tight victory for Palace thanks to Jeffrey Schlupp’s storming winner.

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Palace were reduced to 10-men in the 19th minute when Mamadou Sakho was sent off against the Cherries, but Roy Hodgson’s men held on for over 70 minutes to secure three points. In addition, the game prior to that was another memorable one, when Palace ran-out 5-3 victors over Eddie Howe’s men in SE25.

That eight-goal thriller also saw the 2019/20 kit debut on the final day of the 18/19 season and club legends Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon bid farewell.

Bournemouth’s stats haven't made happy reading for their fans this season, potentially setting Palace up for a third straight victory over the Cherries.

Before the pause, Bournemouth were averaging their lowest average possession (44.3%), lowest passing accuracy (75.9%), lowest shots on target per game (3.4) and highest shots on target faced per game (5.3) from any of their five Premier League campaigns. 

In fact, no side has kept fewer clean sheets in the top flight this season than Bournemouth (four). The Cherries have conceded at least once in each of their last 12 Premier League games, the longest current run in the competition.

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However, with over 100 days between now and their last clash, Eddie Howe's men may have transformed their fortunes. Palace, naturally, will have to be on high alert.

First Team

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Did you know?

Patrick van Aanholt has scored more Premier League goals against Bournemouth than he has against any other side (three). The Dutchman netted home and away against them for the Eagles last season. 

Tactical overview

Judging by pre-suspension form, the danger-man facing Palace on the south coast will be Callum Wilson who, after a run of 15 Premier League games without a goal, scored three in his last six. 

Bournemouth often line-up in formations which support Wilson up-front, playing in a 4-3-3 with the England forward in the centre of the attacking trident or, if they opt for a more defensive shape, the Cherries typically field Wilson as a lone striker at the head of a 4-5-1 or 4-1-4-1.


Team news

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Jeffrey Schlupp, James Tomkins and Martin Kelly are unavailable due to injury.

Bournemouth are without Ryan Fraser, whose contract ends this month, but David Brooks could play for the first time this season after suffering multiple injuries. 

For more news on squad fitness, click here now.

The build-up

Check out the first-team in training in our gallery here and watch how the lads have prepared with exclusive aerial training footage below.

Alternatively, brush up on your Bournemouth knowledge with these top Premier League facts!

We've also got everything you need to know about the restart - including player previews, quotes from Hodgson and information on behind closed doors clashes.

How to follow


This game will be the first Premier League clash aired live on the BBC. You can watch it on BBC One.


Pre-order your matchday programme for the behind closed doors matches

20 June 2020

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

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 all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

Club News

How to follow all Crystal Palace matches in Premier League restart for free

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Our club website,, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

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.

READ NEXT: 2019/20 season restart preview: What can we expect?

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles' assured return worth the wait

AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace

20 June 2020

AFC Bournemouth’s visit to south London last December was the first top flight clash shown live via Amazon Prime. Incidentally, tonight’s battle on the south coast was the first Premier League game screened live by the BBC.

Clearly, Bournemouth v Crystal Palace is a meeting favoured for broadcasting history. This evening’s spectacle proved why. If Jeffrey Schlupp’s surging run to victory with only nine teammates was Amazon’s dramatic fixture justification, then tonight’s was a step further for the BBC.

The Eagles appeared to have saved 105 days of anticipation for their historic return, and dismantled their hosts through a pair of sensational goals to account for the still, passion-sapping silence on the terraces.


  • Roy Hodgson makes just one change to the side which kicked-off v Watford 105 days ago as Luka Milivojevic replaces James McCarthy
  • Milivojevic justifies his selection and rifles home from a free-kick after just 12 minutes
  • Jordan Ayew makes it two as he calmly strikes from the centre of the box
  • Half-time: Bournemouth 0-2 Palace
  • The second-half is calmer than the first, and the Eagles hold on to their lead with characteristic composure
  • Full-time: Bournemouth 0-2 Palace

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Bournemouth began the clash with the threat of three months’ coiled energy, but their early pressure along the right-wing was nullified pragmatically and the game settled down to a more even tempo.

Its two teams matched, the game then swang Palace’s way with a speed and style that knocked any lingering inertia from the players and, in turn, supporters at home.

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Falling under a foul, James McArthur fed Wilfried Zaha on the edge of the box, only for the Ivorian to blaze Palace’s advantage over. Resolved to atone for the error, Zaha then ran in trademark style at the Cherries’ defence and was duly fouled by the talented David Brooks.

Luka Milivojevic stepped up to the resulting free-kick, his eyes sharpened on the goal and any suspension-induced cobwebs swept firmly from his boots. Carrying his precision from 12 yards to 20, the Serbian fired a stinging shot deep into Aaron Ramsdale’s net and gave his side an early, eye catching lead.

Bournemouth mirrored the clash’s opening minutes, tamely threatening to trouble Vicente Guaita. But, as with the clash’s opening minutes, Palace reacted to the warning with devastating effect.

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All of the Eagles’ offensive moves clustered along the left-wing, and their push in the 24th-minute was no different. Patrick van Aanholt flexed his attacking muscles as he pinged the ball to the penalty spot from the byline. Jordan Ayew, upholding his pre-pause form, stood in the perfect spot, where he coolly slotted home to double his team’s advantage.

For the millions watching the BBC’s well-selected spectacle, pundits began to renege on their pre-match predictions of a low-scoring game, and memories of the 5-3 Selhurst romp 13 months earlier sprang to mind.

But Hodgson’s Palace - ever the focused, pragmatic side - held back, well aware of the furious fixture schedule ahead of them. The Eagles readily soaked up a series of corners and free-kicks from their hosts, and entered the half-time break with a comfortable two goal lead - something one would assume they’d be happy to protect for a further 45 minutes.

The assumption would prove correct.

The game resumed with the same drama it boasted in the first-half, as VAR reviewed Gary Cahill’s 46th-minute challenge on Joshua King. The centre-back, however, was judged to have won the ball with an exuberant stretch and went unpunished. Alas, King did have to leave the field to be replaced by Dominic Solanke.

If two headline-grabbing early goals surprised pundits and fans alike in the first-half, then regular Palace viewers will have found the second more natural. The Eagles maintained their defensive shape and composure, allowing Bournemouth to tire between the centre-circle and penalty box while counter-attacking if the space opened up.

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Guaita’s task was limited to maintaining an alert position, and the Spaniard kept his gloves a pristine white through to the final whistle. After all but securing three points in the opening 45, Palace stuck to their and Hodgson’s proven script word for word.

The half ebbed and flowed at a steady rate, with Palace continuing to threaten Bournemouth on the counter - though Eddie Howe’s men had tightened up notably from their lax first-half performance.

One of Palace’s greatest fillips in this assured approach was Christian Benteke, who pressed his hosts relentlessly, forcing Nathan Ake and Steve Cook into a sapping evening. Andros Townsend replaced his Belgian teammate after 75-minutes, however, and Palace hunkered down with a more custom-made midfield for the run-in.

Tonight’s was a match that highlighted an astute tactical nous to the league’s biggest audience, with the Eagles forcing themselves ahead early on and then smartly holding their lead to record a well-earned three points. 

The south Londoners enjoyed a fierce, commanding first-half and a controlled, confident second. It was 105 days in the making, but Crystal Palace’s return was well worth the wait.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, S.Cook, Ake, Smith, Lerma, Stacey, L.Cook, Brooks (Stanislas 61), H.Wilson (Danjuma 45), King (Solanke 49), C.Wilson.

Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Surman, Rico, Kelly, Mepham.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Dann, Ward, Zaha, McArthur (Riedewald 89), Milivojevic (McCarthy 65), Kouyate, Ayew, Benteke (Townsend 76).

Subs: Hennessey, Sakho, Mitchell, Tavares, Meyer, Pierrick.

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Stay tuned for full highlights, post-match reaction and both managers' press conferences on Palace TV. Either click here or 'Palace TV' within the app!


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