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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth

9 December 2017

Having climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time since September, Palace will be aiming to continue their good recent home record by recording a result against Bournemouth, with both teams coming into the game having only tasted defeat once in the last five matches.

Roy Hodgson will be hoping that he can become the first Eagles boss since April 1988 to claim a home win against the Cherries and move to within a couple of points of Eddie Howe’s team, as well as taking another huge step towards pulling themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time all term.

Cherries improving after slow start


Having only won one of their first eight league games, away wins at Stoke City and Newcastle United helped get Bournemouth’s season back on track, and like Palace they are overcoming their slow start by becoming hard to beat.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Cherries though, and while they will have been pleased to see Callum Wilson return from injury, his recent hat-trick against Huddersfield Town sees him lead their scoring charts.

Josh King currently has more goals for Norway (three) than Premier League strikes (two) this season, and Jermain Defoe has just one to his name since returning to the south-coast, but he does boast an exceptional scoring record against the Eagles across his lengthy career.

View From The Opposition

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe: "When we talk about these fixtures, I don’t think you can put greater emphasis on any of them. Everyone knows how big each game is.

“Even if we had won against Southampton there would have been no change. We know Crystal Palace is the next game – so it is the biggest game.”

Team News

Wayne Hennessey

Hodgson must decide between Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni between the posts after the Welshman recovered from a back spasm suffered in the warm-up against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but is fit again.

Defenders Joel Ward and James Tomkins look likely to miss out, but there is better news with Scott Dann being available again after illness, while James McArthur has shaken off a virus earlier in the week. Yohan Cabaye is also available again after missing the Hawthorns trip with a knee complaint.

Adam Smith is suspended for Bournemouth after picking up a controversial yellow card in their 1-1 draw with Southampton last Sunday, while Ben Smith (hip) and Tyrone Mings (back) will also sit this one out.

Matchday Officials

Kevin Friend

Kevin Friend oversees his third Palace game of the season, having taken charge of the Eagles' defeats at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Of the 20 matches he's refereed Palace have won seven, but only one of those have come in the Premier League in nine matches.

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Refs: Ian Hussin and Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

Matchday Stats

Scott Dann

Crystal Palace are yet to beat Bournemouth at Selhurst Park in the Premier League (D1 L1), with their last home league win against them coming in April 1988.

Eddie Howe has won one of his last seven managerial league encounters with Palace (D3 L3).

The Eagles are the first side to play out two consecutive goalless draws in the Premier League this season; the last side to string together three 0-0s in the competition were West Ham in December 2015.

The Cherries have netted just two goals on their last eight Premier League visits to London (D1 L7) and failed to score in their last four capital clashes (L4).

Roy Hodgson's side have attempted the highest proportion of shots from set-piece situations this season in the Premier League (39% - 71/183).

Palace have scored in each of their last four league games at Selhurst Park (2 in each); they've only ever scored in five consecutive home Premier League games twice before (Sept 1992 and Dec 1992).

Scott Dann has scored in each of his last three Premier League games against Bournemouth (three goals) - no central defender in Premier League history has ever scored in four consecutive matches against an opponent.


  Palace wins Draws Bournemouth wins
League 23 17 28
FA Cup 0 0 0
League Cup 0 0 0
Total 23 17 28

Ticket Information

There are still a limited number of tickets available for this match. Paid members and season ticket holders are able to book up to four tickets each. Category B prices apply.

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Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday.

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