Bournemouth v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

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Saturday, March 14, 2020


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

Relegation threatened Bournemouth host a resurgent Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium as they fight for Premier League survival. The home side start the day in the relegation zone and are locked with West Ham and Watford on 27 points. Anything less than a win will allow their rivals a chance to open up a gap with games running out.

Bournemouth come into this game on a winless run of four games in the league. This has included three defeats but Eddie Howe can look to much improved performances as a sign that his team is on the up. After losing away at Sheffield United and Burnley, Bournemouth got an excellent 2-2 draw with top four hopefuls Chelsea. Jefferson Lerma and Josh King thought they had secured all three points before a late Marcos Alonso header broke Bournemouth hearts. The Cherries then went and put in an excellent performance against Liverpool at Anfield and would have been dreaming of inflicting Liverpool’s first home defeat in well over a year when Callum Wilson scored a fine team goal. The build up play was smooth and showed what Bournemouth are capable of when they go on the attack and are not decimated by injuries. The team have certainly fared better when they attack and look like they can create chances but too often camp out in their own half and ultimately pay the price. It may well be time to throw caution to the wind and be more offensive from the off as this style of play is what has served Eddie Howe well over the years.

Crystal Palace have won their last three Premier League games, all with a 1-0 scoreline. The away side have been solid in defence and given themselves a chance in every game to nick a goal. This has worked out with Patrick van Aanholt nabbing the winner against Newcastle before Jordan Ayew turned hero in their last two games against Crystal Palace and Watford. Goals have been the issue for Roy Hodgson throughout the season and it will need to be his primary focus in the summer. His teams have always been well organised and defensively drilled making them hard to break down. Despite their three wins on the bounce, the performances in some haven’t been great with the team lucky to go on and get the victory. The side have been more workmanlike and a creative spark is needed if the team are to continue to improve next season.

In team news, Bournemouth are still struggling with a long injury list. Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly all out with the game likely to come too soon for the returning David Brooks. Josh King remains a doubt having missed the game against Liverpool with Simon Francis also a doubt. Phil Billing is more hopeful of shaking off a back problem to bolster the Cherries midfield, with Harry Wilson also available having been ineligible against his parent club last time out.

Crystal Palace have a full contingent to choose from although this game may come too early for the returning trio of James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho. Roy Hodgson will most likely stick with the same lineup as against Watford and maintain stability in a side that has won three in a row.

Historically there hasn’t been much to separate the two sides although Palace have had more success in recent times. A 5-3 win at Selhurst Park last term was followed up by a 1-0 win earlier in the season as Jeffrey Schlupp scored a late winner. Given the lack of scoring options for both teams and Crystal Palace’s recent form, we feel that backing a ‘Draw or Crystal Palace’ selection at 8/15 with Bet365 represents good value. Palace have not conceded a goal in their last three games and managed to win them all 1-0. So they should have enough strength to keep Bournemouth out with the threat of nicking a winner themselves. Either scenario will result in a winning bet.

 

 

Punter's Pick

Relegation threatened Bournemouth host a resurgent Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium as they fight for Premier League survival. The home side start the day in the relegation zone and are locked with West Ham and Watford on 27 points. Anything less than a win will allow their rivals a chance to open up a gap with games running out.

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