Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Crystal Palace head to the Vitality to play Bournemouth on Monday night, with each side searching for some consistency at the start of the new season. They both overcame Championship opponents in the League Cup in midweek, and are looking to continue that form here.
There have been six games between the teams since Bournemouth reached the Premier League in 2015. Each side has won once, with four draws in the other meetings. Last season, both matches between the pair ended 2-2.
Both sides shuffled their packs in midweek, but should return to their strongest line-ups for this game. Eddie Howe is without injured trio Charlie Daniels, Dan Gosling and Kyle Taylor.
Wilfried Zaha is set to return for the visitors after a night off in midweek, although there’s no Christian Benteke as he continues to recover from a niggling knee injury. Connor Wickham, Scott Dann and Jairo Riedewald also miss out.
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
This fixture has been quite even over the last few seasons, and hasn’t seen a home win. Bournemouth have started the season well, so that could be about to change on Monday. However, the Cherries were humbled at Burnley in their last game, and Crystal Palace will have the best player on the pitch.
Bournemouth were turned over by a previously goal-shy Burnley, losing 4-0 at Turf Moor last weekend. They needed an injury-time winner to see of Blackburn in the Carabao Cup, but the Cherries have won three of their six league games so far this term, with two of those coming at home.
Eddie Howe’s team are the 13/10 favourites coming into this game, while the visitors are priced at 12/5. Roy Hodgson’s side couldn’t break down a stubborn Newcastle in their last Premier League game, but an early goal set them on the way to a 3-0 victory at West Brom in midweek.
If Zaha is in the mood on Monday, then Palace have a much better chance of claiming all three points on their short trip to the south coast. If you think the teams will share the spoils, you can back the draw at 13/5.
Score draw at 7/2
Both meetings between the sides last season ended 2-2, and another score draw could be on the cards in this one.
Zaha to score first at 13/2
The Ivorian forward hit the only goal of the game in Palace’s last Premier League away game, and he’s always a threat.