2019-20 Premier League: Week 15 – Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth are looking to avoid two defeats in three days as they once again visit the Capital as they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

A win for Palace could temporary take them up to fifth, whilst Bournemouth will re-enter the top ten if they can take victory.

 

Team news

Cahill & Dann
Gary Cahill and Scott Dann are both ruled out for Crystal Palace (Image credit: Crystal Palace)

Gary Cahill is ruled out with a knee injury picked up during Saturday’s win at Burnley, although he could return at the weekend. 

Scott Dann (ankle) and Joel Ward (knee) are also sidelined for this clash.

Bournemouth could have Lloyd Kelly back after a recent thigh injury ruled him out of their last two games. 

Andrew Surman (knee) and Adam Smith (illness) could also return but Joshua King (hamstring) is unlikely to be risked here. 

Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels (both knee) and David Brooks (ankle) are still sidelined.

 

Stat Attack

  • Crystal Palace have lost one of their last six meetings with Bournemouth (W2. D3, L1). 
  • Both teams have scored in each of their last five meetings at Selhurst Park. 
  • Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Anholt are the only Palace players to have produced more than one through ball this season, doing so on two occasions each. 

 

Prediction

Bournemouth’s biggest issue in recent weeks is that they haven’t fought their way into games until the second half, when the match has already been won. 

Palace haven’t been in the best of form either but they produced a clinical display on Saturday, so I am expecting goals here between two solid mid-table teams. 

Bournemouth however do possess the better variety in attacking quality across the pitch in terms of their play, which might well be the difference against a Palace side who tend to play down the wings more than anywhere else. 

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth

Result: Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth

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