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Preview: AFC Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

6 April 2018

Palace head to Dorset this weekend hoping to continue their good recent record at Bournemouth, which could lead to them winning successive away games for the first time in 12 months.

Since the Cherries joined Palace in the top-flight three seasons ago, the Eagles have claimed a goalless draw and a 2-0 success on their travels to Eddie Howe's team, and if they keep Bournemouth at bay again Saturday it would be only the second time in club history that they have kept three consecutive away clean sheets at one top-flight club – doing so against Huddersfield Town between 1970 and 2018.

That victory against the Terriers was Palace's only victory from their past nine games, leaving them just two points ahead of the relegation zone, however another win on the road would see them move just four points behind their opponents who currently sit in the top half.

Goals galore in Cherries' recent games

Jermain Defoe

Last weekend Bournemouth trailed 2-1 at Watford, but Jermain Defoe netted in stoppage-time to put his club within touching distance of the 40-point mark this campaign.

Having netted nine times in 10 previous encounters with the Eagles, Defoe is on the brink of a little bit of Premier League history as he has scored a brace in each of his last three games against Palace – only Michael Owen has scored 2+ goals in four consecutive appearances against a single team in the competition.

However while scoring goals hasn't been too much of an issue for Howe's men (only Tottenham Hotspur are on a longer scoring run than the Cherries' 13 games), stopping them has. Bournemouth have conceded in 12 of their last 13 league games including each of the last seven, while eight goals have been shipped in their last three outings.

View From The Opposition

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe:

"It’s a huge game for us, we know the importance of it and still have tough games to come but they are all tough in the Premier League. We know this is a big game in our schedule but we are looking forward to it and believe we can win it but it’s not going to be easy.

"I have always said that until it’s mathematically certain we are in a battle to stay in the division and I have said that all season. I want my players to play with confidence and freedom but knowing how important the game is. We know the challenge we face and that is why we are going to need the crowd to be really involved in the match." 

Team News

James Tomkins

Palace: Roy Hodgson is waiting on the progress of Christian Benteke's groin injury after he had to leave Thursday's training session but is boosted by the return of James Tomkins. He is available again after the centre-back missed the loss to Liverpool last week with a calf strain, while Alexander Sørloth once again misses out with a hamstring injury.

Joel Ward (knee), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle) and Connor Wickham (groin) are all missing, while Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako will likely miss the rest of the campaign.

Bournemouth: Junior Stanislas will miss the rest of Bournemouth’s season after undergoing knee surgery following his injury suffered in the 2-2 draw last weekend at Watford when he had to leave the game at half time.

Defender Adam Smith has not recovered from his knee injury for the match but captain Simon Francis could return after recovering from his hamstring injury. 

Matchday Officials

Jonathan Moss

Jonathan Moss will take charge of his fourth Palace game of the season, after overseeing the opening day defeat to Huddersfield Town, the goalless draw against Manchester City and the 3-1 loss at Everton in February.

The Eagles have only won six of the 23 games Moss has precided over, however the last victory came in this fixture last season when Chrsitian Benteke and Scott Dann grabbed a 2-0 win for Sam Allardyce's side.

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Refs: Eddie Smart and Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

Matchday Stats

Joshua King

The home side haven’t won any of the five previous Premier League meetings between these two.

There has been a goal scored in the 89th minute or later in each of Bournemouth’s last six games, with four of those affecting the outcome.

Bournemouth have won 14 of a possible 21 points from their last seven home league games (W4 D2 L1).

The Cherries have won just one of their last six Premier League games (D3 L2), having won four of the six before this run.

The last team from the bottom half to win at the Vitality Stadium were Palace back in January 2017.

Palace are looking to win consecutive away games at Bournemouth for the first time in their history, having picked up just four wins in their 34 previous visits.

Joshua King has scored 14 goals in 22 Premier League appearances in the months of March and April.

Jermain Defoe’s equaliser against Watford was his 24th goal as a substitute in the Premier League, seven more than any other player has managed.

Luka Milivojevic has scored seven penalties in the division this season – no other club has scored more than five.

Eddie Howe has won just one of his five Premier League encounters with Palace (W1 D3 L1).


  Bournemouth wins Draws Palace wins
League 28 18 23
FA Cup 0 0 0
League Cup 0 0 0
Total 28 18 23

Matchday Information 

Vitality Stadium

Tickets for Palace fans have sold out.

Coach travel will depart from Selhurst Park at 10am, costing £17 - book now

For information about the ground and travel directions, see our Away Travel Guide.

For those travelling to the match check out the Away Supporters Guide. 

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to the Vitality Stadium, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 

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