Bournemouth v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 03, 2018
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Crystal Palace have little margin of error as they travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, looking stay clear of the relegation zone. Their hosts have lost just twice in the league since Christmas, and have subsequently shot up the table.
Jermaine Defoe scored either side of two Crystal Palace when the two sides last met, back in December. All of the goals came in the first half, despite the teams having a combined 35 shots on target!
Eddie Howe may be without the in-form Junior Stanislas, after the midfielder had to leave the pitch prematurely in his side's last game. Injuries to Adam Smith and Simon Francis left Bournemouth without a natural right-back against Watford, and the latter's return to fitness would be a real boost for the side.
Howe's injury dilemma's pale in comparison to the struggled Roy Hodgson's side has had to deal with this season. Cristian Benteke remains the side's only fit striker after January singing Alexander Sorloth suffered a set-back in his recovery from a hamstring strain. In better news for Palace fans, James Tompkins looks set to return this weekend, although whether he will get a full 90 minutes remains to be seen.
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Bournemouth avoided a second loss within three weeks, thanks to a 90th minute goal from Jermain Defoe in their last game. This never-say-die mentality is exactly what Howe will have been encouraging in his side, who were in the relegation zone with the season back in November.
The Cherries impressive run has them in tenth place, and they will be further boosted by the return from injury of the aforementioned Defoe. With Callum Wilson having scored just three times in 2018, a more consistent striker could help Howe's side convert their chances.
Crystal Palace will have been disappointed to have failed to keep Liverpool from overturning their one goal lead at the weekend, but put in the kind of performance that will give Hodgson hope for the remainder of the season. The returning Wilfred Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek bring the type of creativity that has been sorely lacking from the Eagles side. The fact that Luka Milevojevic, a defensive midfielder, has scored more than double any of his teammates is testament to Palace's poor attacking play.
Playing against the likes of Bournemouth, Palace may actually come out of their shell and attempt a win, in an attempt to open up a lead before the games against their relegation rivals. However, the Cherries will be no easy targets and will be looking for another win themselves.
Wilfred Zaha to score anytime at 2/1
The winger has just four goals this season but is starting to look back to his best following injury problems.
Bournemouth to win and both teams to score at 15/4
Neither side has been great offensively this season, but may use this relatively evenly matched game as an attempt to improve their goal difference.