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Preview: Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

26 August 2016

Two team searching for their first points of the Premier League season go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon as Bournemouth travel to Selhurst Park to take on the Eagles.

Consecutive 1-0 defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur have left Palace in 19th position in the table going into this game, with the Cherries propping up the other 19 clubs after losses to Manchester United and West Ham United.

Both teams will have gained a little bit of confidence after beating Blackpool and Morecambe in the EFL Cup in midweek, but Palace will be looking to clinch their first win since April 1988 over the south coast side.

After starting against the Seasiders on Tuesday night, Christian Benteke is set to make his league debut for the Eagles after signing for a club record fee last week.


Eddie Howe: "We had two tough games against them [Palace] last season. There wasn’t much between us and them in those games. They have recruited well so we know they will be organised and difficult to beat.

"Every game in this league is so tight and there doesn’t tend to be much between the sides - one moment can change a game. 

"We’ve been on the wrong end of that twice already this season, so we need to make sure we are on the right side come Saturday. We have to make sure our best selves turn up to the game."


Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has said that Welsh duo Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley have knocks, and that could mean that Steve Mandanda makes his league debut.

After starting against Blackpool, Benteke and James Tomkins could be in contention for a starting spot, and James McArthur also came through unscathed but might not be risked from the start as he continues his quest for match fitness.

Bakary Sako, Jonny Williams and Fraizer Campbell are all out injured.

Bournemouth: Harry Arter is available again after sitting out the EFL Cup game in midweek after being sent off against West Ham United last Sunday.

Marc Wilson made his debut in that game and after scoring the winner could remain in Howe's line-up, with their only casualty being Tyrone Mings who has been out for the last year but is nearing a return.

Palace winsDrawsBournemouth wins
FA Cup
League Cup

Palace are without a win in their last four league meetings with Bournemouth, losing three and drawing one.

Eddie Howe’s side have won three of their six away trips to London in the Premier League (W3 D0 L3).

Bournemouth are on the longest current run without a Premier League victory – seven games (W0 D1 L6).

The Eagles have made the most tackles in the Premier League this season (56), six more than any other side.

Christian Benteke scored on his Premier League home debut for both Aston Villa (September 2012) and Liverpool (August 2015), with the latter coming against the Cherries.


Mike Dean oversaw five Palace games last season which brought two wins (Southampton and Reading), a draw (Swansea City) and two defeats (Leicester City and Newcastle United). He has dished out 11 yellow cards in his two games so far this term, and awarded two penalties last weekend in the Stoke v Manchester City game.

Referee: M Dean
Assistants: S Long and D Cook
Fourth Official: J Adcock


2nd February 2016
Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth
Premier League

Bournemouth extended Crystal Palace's losing streak to five matches after they came from behind at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles took the lead when defender Scott Dann turned in Wilfried Zaha's low cross but that lasted barely six minutes before Marc Pugh cleverly bought himself space and fired in a precise low shot.

Benik Afobe nodded in the winner after Wayne Hennessey saved Matt Ritchie's shot.

Palace manager Alan Pardew threw on new signing Emmanuel Adebayor for his first Premier League appearance since May, but the hosts could not find an equaliser.

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