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Preview: Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

2 February 2016


INTRO
Boosted by their weekend FA Cup success against Stoke City, Palace aim to end their long search for a league victory tonight when they host Eddie Howe's Bournemouth.

The two sides met for the first time in the top-flight on Boxing Day at the Vitality Stadium which ended scoreless and kicked off the Eagles' six league game hunt for three points, during which time the Cherries have won just once in the Premier League but have lost just twice in their last 10.

Since the two last met Howe has strengthened his squad during the January transfer window, bringing in Benik Afobe, Juan Iturbe and ex Palace academy graduates Lewis Grabban and Rhoys Wiggins.

Tonight could also see the first appearance back at his old stomping ground for Glenn Murray as his new club head to SE25 for the first time since March 1989 when the south coast club ran out 3-2 winners.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Eddie Howe: "In wide areas Palace are very strong. I think we are aware of their threats there and also from set plays. They are a strong, physical side and have a lot of lads that attack the ball really well.

“They have pace and any team with pace is a threat in the Premier League on the counter-attack and certain situations.

“I think they are a very hard-working side and they have got a real identity so for all those reasons mixed together, that’s why they have been very strong this season.

“I’d say we’re slightly different in how we attack to them. I’d say they are very strong individually and while of course we have talented individuals, we play in partnerships."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has suggested that new signing Emmanuel Adebayor could make his debut tonight, but Yohan Cabaye is struggling with an ankle injury sustained against Stoke City.

Connor Wickham sits out the second game of his three match ban, and Joe Ledley is also a doubt for this game but James McArthur could return.

Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako remain out, as does Yannick Bolasie but Pardew hopes that he could be back for the FA Cup fifth round tie against Tottenham Hotspur later this month.

Bournemouth: Having made 10 changes to his usual starting XI for their FA Cup win against Portsmouth on Saturday, Howe is expected to revert to his strongest side tonight.

Club captain Tommy Elphick returned in that game and could get a spot on the bench, and new signing Wiggins could also be named among the replacements.

Junior Stanislas was carried off against Sunderland in the Cherries' last league game and is a doubt, long-term injury victims Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings are definitely out and young defender Baily Cargill joined Coventry City on loan last night.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsBournemouth wins
League221627
FA Cup000
League Cup000
Total221627


STATS
Palace have picked up just one point in their last three league meetings with Bournemouth (W0 D1 L2).

Emmanuel Adebayor has scored on his Premier League debut for all three of his previous clubs in the competition - Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Adebayor has scored against 30 of the 35 different opponents that he's faced in the Premier League and this will be the first time he's played against Bournemouth in the competition.

Bournemouth have conceded a league-high 15 goals from set piece situations this season.

The Cherries have seen an opponent sent off on five occasions this season in the Premier League; more often than any other team.

Bournemouth have lost just one of their last six Premier League away games (W2 D3 L1).

Palace are on a four game losing streak in the Premier League - they haven't lost five in a row in the competition since November 2013 (seven in a row).


OFFICIALS

This is the third Selhurst appointment for Mike Jones so far this season, who also oversaw the Eagles' games against both Manchester clubs. In his 16 Premier League appointments he has shown just one red card and given two penalties.

Referee: M Jones
Assistants: S Beck and I Hussin
Fourth Official: K Stroud


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

4th March 1989
Crystal Palace 2-3 Bournemouth
Second Division

John Pemberton and Ian Wright scored for the Eagles as they were beaten by the Cherries during Steve Coppell's side successful march to promotion - Alan Pardew started the game for the home side.


TICKETS
Tickets are SOLD OUT for this game.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park 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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