AFC Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace | Vitality Stadium | 7:45

Sam Allardyce has warned Crystal Palace must swiftly deliver results to avoid their relegation fears deepening. Allardyce said yesterday in a press conference “We’ve got to start getting results, beginning with Bournemouth” yet he’d “be so happy with a 0-0 draw tomorrow”.

Crystal Palace have lost 6 of their last 7 matches and have only reaped 2 points from a possible 24. Allardyce feels that a draw against a solid Bournemouth could initiate a turn of form, which he so desperately needs as his side are two points from safety and face relegation candidates Middlesbrough and Sunderland in February.

Bournemouth, who have only lost one in their last five home league games, are favorites to win this game, as they are positioned 6 places higher and 10 points better off than their counter-parts. A win for Allardyce’s men could see them leapfrog Swansea out of the relegation zone, even if the Swans draw.

Allardyce’s new signing Patrick Van Aanholt is expected to make his debut after a £14m more from Sunderland. Palace have tried to sign “20-30” players this transfer window alone, implying that manager Sam Allardyce is far from please with his current squad selection. Bournemouth on the other hand have reduced their squad roster, with emerging talent Aké being recalled by Chelsea and emerging talents Hyndman and lee going out on loan.

Both teams have players returning from the African Cup of Nations, with Allardyce having Sako and Zaha back after Mali and Cote D’Ivoire exit the annual competition hosted in Gabon. Howe has Zaha’s teammate Max Gradel back and eligible for selection as well. Furthermore How has skipper Simon Francis back in the squad after he finished his three game suspension following a red card in the enthralling 3-3 game against Arsenal.

Eddie Howe is looking for no excuses, claiming that “We [Bournemouth] had a game on Friday, the lads are fresh and ready for another tough game”. Eddie Howe has been instrumental for The Cherries, taking them from 23rd in League 2 to (subject to whether or not they win this evening) potentially 9th in the Premier Division – an 82 place rise amongst the english rankings.

Facts and Stats:


  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Bournemouth’s last 6 games (Premier League)
  • A sixth home victory of the season on Saturday would surpass their entire tally of wins (5) and points (20) at the Vitality Stadium in 2015-16
  • Eddie Howe’s side have lost an unrivalled 15 points from leading positions in the Premier League this season

Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches
  • Crystal Palace have conceded a goal in each of their last 21 Premier League away matches since the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day 2015

Elliot Lee


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