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Preview: Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

31 January 2017

While the transfer window enters the final few hours, Palace will be kicking off at the Vitality Stadium when they face Bournemouth, looking to end a wait of eight league matches without success and bring Sam Allardyce his first league victory.

The omens aren't good for Palace though, with the Cherries unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Eagles and Palace winning just once in 13 previous meetings at the venue which came back in November 1987.

2017 has not got off to the best of starts for Eddie Howe's men, having yet to taste success despite leading against Arsenal and Hull City, but they showed resilience to twice come from behind to salvage a draw against Watford in their last league outing.

Their 3-0 FA Cup defeat to League One Millwall in round three means they enjoyed last weekend off, and so will be fresher heading into their final game of January looking to end the month with a victory.


Eddie Howe: “It’s a phase we’re going through that isn't enjoyable. We've looked strong, we haven’t been bombarded and our goal has been relatively untroubled.

“Then, in key moments, we’ve switched off, a lapse in concentration or something has happened... a mistake – and we’ve ended up conceding goals.

It’s about individuals and the team doing their jobs better. We’re an attacking team and we have to accept the consequences at the other end but also hope our attacking prowess wins us more games than we lose.

“We've crammed a lot into the past 10 days - we had a game together on Friday to try to make sure we had the game stimulus we felt we needed. Hopefully, that will show in our performance and we come full of energy and ready to express ourselves in a positive way.”


Bournemouth: Club captain Simon Francis will return after completing his three-match ban for a red card in the draw with Arsenal at the start of the month.

Having represented Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, Max Gradel could contention to return to the squad after they were eliminated at the group stage.

Palace: Patrick van Aanholt could make his Palace debut after signing from Sunderland yesterday, but fellow January recruit Jeffrey Schlupp will miss out with a slight hamstring complaint.

Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako have returned from the Africa Cup of Nations, but Julian Speroni (knee), Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) and Steve Mandanda (knee) are nearing returns but this game comes too soon.

Pape Souare, Connor Wickham and Jonathan Benteke all remain long-term absentees

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Scott Dann has scored both of Crystal Palace’s goals against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Palace have been losing at half-time on 13 occasions this season in the Premier League; three more than any other side.

Bournemouth have lost 15 points from leading positions in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.

In Premier League history, only Blackpool (48.7%) have won a higher proportion of their Premier League points away from home than Crystal Palace (48.2%).

Jason Puncheon has created 16 goalscoring chances for Christian Benteke this season; more than any other player has for a teammate in the Premier League in 2016-17.


Jon Moss oversees Palace for the third time this season tonight, having taken charge of their 1-1 draw at Everton and the 1-0 home loss to Chelsea. In his 18 previous Eagles appointments, they have won just five, drawn twice and lost the other 11.

Referee: J Moss
Assistants: S Long and M Perry
Fourth official: A Davies


26th December 2015
Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

In-form Crystal Palace ended Bournemouth's three-match winning streak with a battling goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium.

Alan Pardew's side started brightly and Simon Francis cleared Damien Delaney's goalbound volley off the line.

But Bournemouth recovered well and Matt Ritchie headed wide before Eunan O'Kane's shot was tipped over.

However, they could not break through as Palace extended their unbeaten away run to four matches.

Tickets for this game are SOLD OUT.

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