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Preview: Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

25 December 2015


INTRO
Palace have been enjoying a purple patch recently, taking 10 points from their last four Premier League games, so will be looking to keep this good run going against another of the top flight's form sides.

In recent weeks Bournemouth kicked into gear, despite a number of injuries to key players, and have started to get some points on the board. Wins over Chelsea and Manchester United since the last international break have given Eddie Howe's side a platform to move away from the drop zone.

Neither side will have a full fit squad to choose from, and with a busy run of games on the horizon, it looks set to be an unpredictable afternoon on the south coast.

TEAM NEWS

Bournemouth: The home side will be without main striker Callum Wilson and summer signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel will also both miss out through long-term injuries. Captain Tommy Elphick is ruled out through injury as well, along with attacker Joshua King, which means Glenn Murray is likely to line up against the Eagles.

Christian Atsu and Junior Stanislas are both out as well, whilst Lee Tomlin could make a return for the game.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew is waiting on the fitness of Yohan Cabaye, who is "50/50" for Saturday's game, whilst Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako have both been ruled out. Mile Jedinak is back in contention, however.

STATS
Bournemouth have only lost one of their last eight Boxing Day matches (W5 D2 L1), which included two matches in League Two, four in League One and two in the Championship.

Crystal Palace have won 35 away points in 2015 so far (W11 D2 L4). Only Arsenal (38) have won more on the road in the top flight this calendar year.

Bournemouth have won three successive league matches and will be looking to win four in a row for the first time since December 2014 (five wins in a row).

Crystal Palace have scored a league-high 11 goals from set-pieces so far this term.

Bournemouth have conceded a league-high 12 goals from set-pieces so far in 2015/16.

Glenn Murray played 113 league matches for Crystal Palace between August 2012 and August 2015, scoring 44 goals (more than any other Eagles player in that timespan).

OFFICIALS

Michael Oliver will take charge of this one on the south coast. His last Palace match was the 1-0 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season, which he followed up by overseeing Bournemouth's 1-1 draw at home to Watford. He has handed out 41 yellow cards and three straight reds across his 12 Premier League games this season, awarding three penalties in the process - one of which came in the Cherries' draw with the Hornets.

Referee: M Oliver 
Assistants: H Lennard, D Cook 
Fourth Official: B Malone

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Bournemouth wins
Draws
Palace wins
League
271522
Total
271522

LAST MEETING AT THE VITALITY STADIUM
12th November 1988
Bournemouth 2-0 Crystal Palace
Division Two (Old)

A mixed run of results, culminating with the 2-0 defeat against the Cherries left Palace sat in 11th place under Steve Coppell.

TICKETS
Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT.

TRAVEL
Find out more about the Vitality Stadium HERE.

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from the Vitality Stadium will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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