Premier League In Focus – Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace Preview

When? Saturday 7th April, 15:00 (UK)

Where? Vitality Stadium

What channel is it on? Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace will not be televised live in the UK

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Bournemouth W1, Crystal Palace W1, D3
Premier League meetings: Bournemouth W1, Crystal Palace W1, D3
All-time meetings: Bournemouth W28, Crystal Palace W23, D18

BOURNEMOUTH

Predicted line-up: Begovic; Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; L. Cook, Gosling; Fraser, King, Ibe; Wilson

Unavailable: A. Smith (Injured), Mings (Injured)

Doubtful: Francis (Injured), Stanislas (Injured), Mousset (Illness)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Predicted line-up: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur; Townsend, Benteke, Zaha

Unavailable: Wickham (Injured), Dann (Injured), Puncheon (Injured), Sako (Injured), Speroni (Injured), Schlupp (Injured)

Doubtful: Ward (Injured), Sorloth (Injured), Tomkins (Injured)

PREDICTION
Bournemouth are all but safe from relegation after their draw against Watford last weekend, and just one more win would take them to the hallowed marker of 40 points. They will look to achieve that feat when they play host to Crystal Palace this weekend.

Roy Hodgson’s men were once again beaten by a late goal last weekend, a trait that has been all too familiar as of late. This time it was Liverpool who broke Palace’s hearts as Mohamed Salah completed a comeback for the visitors with just minutes remaining.

Five defeats in their last six matches has left them hovering precariously over the drop zone and if ever there was a time to pick up a result it is now. That said, this Bournemouth side are a tough nut to crack at home and possinly the best that Crystal Palace can hope for on Saturday is a draw.

MEMORABLE MEETING
In the five previous meetings between the two clubs the only time there has been a winner at the Vitality Stadium was back in January 2017. Sam Allardyce won the battle of the English top-flight managers as he masterminded a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

After a goalless first half, a goal from Scott Dann straight after the restart put the Eagles ahead while Christian Benteke wrapped up all three points in the dying seconds as the South London outfit earned a precious three points away from home, a result which aided their bid to stave off relegation.