Preview - Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace 02 September 18

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Match Day 7
AFC Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth:   
Last five matches form: W D L W L
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.83
Top Scorer: Ryan Fraser (3)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: L L L W D
Average goals per match: 0.67
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Wilfried Zaha (3)

The Match Day 7 round of fixtures in the Premier League concludes at the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth welcome Crystal Palace to their home.

Bournemouth had been ticking along very nicely this season, winning three of their first five, with the only defeat coming away at Chelsea. The wheels well and truly came off last week though as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat away to a previously winless Burnley side. The Cherries will be eager to bounce back in front of their own fans here.

It hasn't been the greatest of starts to the season for Crystal Palace with three defeats from their opening six games. Encouragingly ahead of this game though the two wins they have recorded have both come on the road. It does look as though this side - which has plenty of pace - are more suited to hitting sides on the counter rather than attempting to pick open defences. Something Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will need to be wary of here.

Bournemouth will be without Charlie Daniels and Dan Gosling for this clash. Jairo Riedewald, Christian Benteke, Scott Dann and Connor Wickham all miss out for Crystal Palace.

There was nothing to split these sides last season, with the teams playing out a 2-2 draw both here and at Selhurst Park.

Palace have lost just one of their last seven in the Premier League on the road. Their lack of goals this season is enough to put us off the away win, but they do have a good chance of claiming a point.

Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 1 - 1 Crystal Palace


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  8 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 47% - 53%

David Brooks, Jefferson Lerma and Ryan Fraser were all booked for Bournemouth, with referee Mike Dean also taking the names of Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins.

A thoroughly entertaining encounter at the Vitality between two sides who both went into the game with an attacking mindset.

It was a dream start for Bournemouth who took the lead in just the fifth minute. Nice move from the centre to the right ending with Callum Wilson receiving the ball in the area and laying it back into the path of youngster David Brooks who finished with aplomb into the top left, in off the underside of the bar from just inside the area.

Bournemouth were the better side in the opening 45 minutes as Palace struggled to gain a foothold in the game. The home side weren't able to add to their advantage though. 1-0 at the break.

Credit to Roy Hodgson as whatever he said at the break appeared to work the oracle. Palace being much the better side in the opening period of the second half. The visitors got themselves back on level terms in the 55th minute.  Wilfried Zaha playing the ball into Patrick Van Aanholt in the left side of the area and the fullback finishing emphatically into the top left corner. On watching the goal back though this one should have been chalked off for offside.

Eddie Howe acted to change his tactics and it paid dividends as the home side began to reassert. Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling forcing Wayne Hennessey into smart saves.

Then in the 87th minute came a moment of madness from Palace centre back Mamadou Sakho who raised his arm into the face of Jefferson Lerma in the area. Penalty kick. Junior Stanislas who had been on the field only a matter of minutes stepping up to finish straight down the middle. 2-1 final score.

Bournemouth move up to seventh. Palace remain 13th.

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