Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 08, 2019
Selhurst Park - Premier League
There is just one point separating Crystal Palace and Bournemouth as they face off on the final day of the Premier League season. The home side may be in better form, but it is all to play for as the Cherries will be full of confidence following their win over Tottenham.
Palace have won just one of the last six meetings between the sides, with two three of the encounters ending as draws. Bournemouth took the points when the sides last met, thanks to goals from David Brooks and Callum Wilson.
Christian Benteke may be fit to start on Sunday, if not Andre Ayew is set to start up front along side Michy Batshuayi. With James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho all injured the defence is unlikely to change from last week.
Eddie Howe has a number of first-team players sidelined through injury, and will hope that Dominic Solanke, David Brooks and Dan Gosling will return by the weekend. If not, Nathan Ake may start in midfield again, having scored the winning goal against Spurs.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
With three points on the line, the bottom half of the Premier League table is all but decided. Despite looking at risk earlier in the season, both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth now know that they are safe until next season, and will be already looking at preparations for the summer.
Roy Hodgson may count himself unlucky to have been in the relegation battle at all, with injuries decimating his squad this season, as they have done since his arrival. Christian Benteke's struggles to remain fit long enough to build a run of form left the side without a decent centre-forward for much of the season, whilst Sakho's own injury problems have deprived Palace of their record signing.
With Wilfred Zaha likely to leave the club over the summer, the manager will be able to rebuild his squad, and will have been using the last few games to assess where reinforcements are needed. Batshuayi, on-loan from Chelsea, is 8/5 to score and will be hoping to impress his manager and end his loan-spell nightmare.
Eddie Howe is likely to face a similar rebuilding challenge during the transfer window, with plenty of clubs hovering around Callum Wilson. The Cherries have looked far from their best for two seasons now, and would benefit heavily from some investment into the squad.
Bournemouth undoubtedly have a talented starting XI, and Howe appears a manger confident enough to stick to his principles. On Sunday however, this may not work to his benefit, with Palace very much a side set up to counter attack. Given that this has been the away side's weakness at times this season, the match could well be less even than it appears on paper.
With neither side fighting for league standing, but players keen to impress their managers and potential suitors, Selhurst Park could be the setting for an attacking, enjoyable display.
Ryan Fraser to score anytime at 4/1
The winger has thrived against the bottom-half teams this season, and is another who may be on his way in the summer.
The match to end in a draw at 3/1
Recent encounters and current form suggests a level result is likely.