Preview - Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (12)

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: L W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.76
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (14)

With the relegation and top four positions all pretty much settled, there are a few more dead rubbers than usual headed into the final weekend of the Premier League season, and we have one here at Selhurst Park as 12th placed Crystal Palace play host to 13th placed Bournemouth.

With just the one point between the sides headed into the game Bournemouth could leapfrog Palace with a win in this one. and grab a little more prize money, so there is a little something to play for.

Bournemouth just edged the reverse fixture when picking up a 2-1 win at the Vitality. The game here last season ended in a 2-2 draw.

Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins are out for the home side. Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels, Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman, Diego Rico and Junior Stanislas all miss out for Bournemouth.

Palace have been poor at home this season with just four wins from 17. It has really been their big performances on the road which has kept them out of trouble. They have just one win in their past six here - and even that came against Huddersfield.

Bournemouth haven't been great on their travels either though, with only five wins from 17. Two of their better efforts have come in their two most recent away outings though, when hitting Brighton for five and playing well in a 3-3 draw at Southampton.

This looks very tough to call. It does seem likely we will at least have a few goals though. Score draw.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 2 AFC Bournemouth


Half time: 3 - 1
Full time: 5 - 3
Shots:  17 - 16
Shots on target: 8 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 45% - 55%

Three bookings at Selhurst Park, all for the home side, with referee Roger East taking the names of Luka Milivojević, James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha.

There is invariably at least one goal fest on the final day of the Premier League season, and this year it came at Selhurst Park as Palace and Bournemouth played out an eight-goal thriller.

The opener arrived in the 24th minute. A ball in from the right from Zaha being deflected right up into the air and dropping to Michy Batshuayi on the edge of the six-yard box. Batshuayi dispatching a first-time volley into the left-hand side.

Eight minutes later Palace's Belgian frontman had his second. Zaha to Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right of the area. The young fullback drilling in a low cross come shot and Batshuayi sliding in to finish from only a couple of yards out.

Five minutes later it was three. Zaha striking on the counter and racing into the left of the area before prodding at goal. His shot was straight at keeper Mark Travers who palmed it away. But only straight onto the legs of teammate Jack Simpson, and in it went for the own goal.

Bournemouth pulled one back in the last minute of the first half. Jefferson Lerma receiving the ball around twenty-five yards out to the left and firing a rocket into the top left corner. 3-1 at the break.

12 minutes into the second half Bournemouth were within touching distance again. Adam Smith's cutback from the left finding Jordan Ibe on the edge of the area to the right-hand side. Ibe's low effort taking a deflection on its way to the bottom right corner.

Palace regained a two-goal cushion in the 65th minute. Nice work in the left of the area from Zaha to slip in Patrick Van Aanholt who powered forward before firing in low to the near side from the left corner of the six-yard box.

Back came Bournemouth in the 73rd minute. Ryan Fraser's corner from the right being flicked on by Chris Mepham and prodded home at the far post by Joshua King.

It was the home side who had the last word though with their fifth goal arriving ten minutes from time. Zaha the architect again. Beating two when racing down the left-hand side he then picked out Andros Townsend around 14 yards out in the right of the area. Townsend finishing low into the left-hand side. 5-3 final score.

So so seasons for both of these sides. Palace finish 12th whilst Bournemouth end up down in 14th.

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