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

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Premier League Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Selhurst Park

Punter's Pick

Crystal Palace come into this game having broken their poor run of results with their win at Burnley. The team had been playing well and were unlucky not to get more points out of a tough fixture list leading up to that game. We therefore feel that their price of 11/10 at Bet365 represents good value. If predicting an outright winner seems too risky, then the ‘Both Teams to Score’ market is priced at 4/5 which is generous in our view considering this has materialised the last four times they have met.

Crystal Palace welcome Bournemouth to Selhurst Park in a battle between two entertaining mid-table teams. Both have the potential to play open attacking football and beat anyone on their day but have been blighted by inconsistency. Can Palace stay above Bournemouth or will the south coast side leapfrog them in the table.

Crystal Palace come into this game having beaten Burnley away 2-0. Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Shclupp ensured the London side took all three points to put an end to a three game losing run. Roy Hodgson will look to a set of fixtures he will consider very winnable in the coming weeks including this one which could propel Palace up the table very quickly. The win was the first time the side had kept a clean sheet since the back-end of September and shows that some of the defensive work from Roy Hodgson is paying off. There were signs of improvement as Palace gave league leaders Liverpool a scare in the game before and were on course for a point before Roberto Firmino’s 85th winner broke Palace hearts. The team done well to pick themselves up and go away to a tough Burnley side and will be looking to make home advantage count in this one.

Bournemouth are in a dire run of form and have won just once in their last nine competitive games. They come into this one having lost three on the bounce to Newcastle, Wolves and Tottenham and are only four points above the relegation zone. It isn’t all negative for Eddie Howe’s men as they have been competitive in all their games and the three that they have recently lost have all been by the odd goal. But the team knows that if they don’t get some points on the board they could end up in a relegation scrap and fans will be concerned by the fact that they were brushed aside by Spurs for large periods having gone 3-0 down. A couple of fine goals from Harry Wilson made the scoreline more respectable but a lack of goals is hurting them and more needs to be done to support Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke before this run of form becomes a crisis.

In team news Crystal Palace are facing a defensive crisis as both Gary Cahill and Scott Dann are out for this one. The London side were already without Joel Ward for the remainder of 2019 and it is likely that Mamadou Sakho will come in to play alongside James Tomkins.

Bournemouth are boosted by the return of Simon Francis and Philip Billing, who were both suspended on Saturday. Josh King, Lloyd Kelly and Andrew Surman are all close to returns but this fixture is likely to come too soon for all three as they eye a return in the coming weeks.

Recent encounters between these two have proved to be entertaining affairs. There have been 15 goals in their last four games with Bournemouth winning the first game of last season 2-1. Patrick van Aanholt thought he had secured a point before Junior Stanislas grabbed a late penalty for the points. The return fixture was a thriller as Crystal Palace got their revenge in a 5-3 win. Palace had stormed into a 3-0 lead only for Jefferson Lerma and Jordan Ibe to offer hope. Patrick van Aanholt and Andros Townsend scored either side of a Josh King goal to give Palace the win. The previous season saw both teams play out 2-2 stalemates in both fixtures.

Punter's Pick

Crystal Palace come into this game having broken their poor run of results with their win at Burnley. The team had been playing well and were unlucky not to get more points out of a tough fixture list leading up to that game. We therefore feel that their price of 11/10 at Bet365 represents good value. If predicting an outright winner seems too risky, then the ‘Both Teams to Score’ market is priced at 4/5 which is generous in our view considering this has materialised the last four times they have met.

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