Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 05, 2017
Selhurst Park - Premier League
This is a huge opportunity for Crystal Palace to drag another team into the relegation battle, as Bournemouth visit Selhurst Park on Saturday. A win for Roy Hodgson’s side would see them just two points behind the Cherries who are currently 14th in the Premier League table.
Honours are even in this fixture over the last couple of years. Both sides have drawn at home and won away in the previous four meetings. The last time the teams met in January of this year, Scott Dann and Christian Benteke got the goals for Crystal Palace as the Eagles won 2-0 at the Vitality.
Goalscorer last time out Dann is a slight doubt for this game after falling ill, while Yohan Cabaye faces a late test on a lower leg injury. With a number of other potential absentees, including goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Eagles boss Hogdson will hope that he can fill his bench after only naming five substitutes last weekend.
Bournemouth meanwhile will be without their two Smiths, with Brad missing the game through injury and Adam suspended after picking up five yellow cards. Tyrone Mings continues his spell on the treatment table with a lower back injury, while Eddie Howe must decide whether to continue with the goal-shy Jermain Defoe up front or recall Callum Wilson to the starting lineup.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Considering the start Crystal Palace made to the season, they can count themselves relatively fortunate that they’re still very much alive in the Premier League as we approach the festive period. Bournemouth have had their own struggles, but victory on Saturday could see them eight points clear of the relegation places depending on how other results go.
With just four games to go to the halfway point of the season, Palace’s return of just 10 points should mean they’re in more trouble than they currently find themselves in. They’re only averaging around a goal every two games, so Christian Benteke’s return to fitness should be a massive boost as the games pile up over Christmas.
Goals have also been an issue for Bournemouth, with Defoe registering just a single Premier League strike so far this term. Howe will hope that Wilson can stay away from the treatment table, as the 25-year-old looks capable of scoring the goals that the Cherries will need to stay in the division.
Crystal Palace start this game as favourites with the bookmakers, priced at 21/20 in the betting. Bournemouth are available at 31/10, while it’s 5/2 if you think the game will end in a draw.
Benteke to score in Crystal Palace win at 11/4
Back the Belgian to finally get his first goal of the season as the hosts secure a valuable three points.
Both teams to score at 19/20
Despite their struggles in front of goal, both sides will be desperate for a win that would mean so much for their survival bids.