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Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace: Tight contest expected for the Cherries at home

Home side face a tough task breaking down Eagles defence
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace Preview & Betting Tips
Bournemouth are tipped to share the points with Crytal Palace at Vitality Stadium (Getty Images)

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace Preview & Betting Tips


Bournemouth are set to host Crystal Palace at Vitality Stadium in the final match of the Premier League round. Both sides are well organised defensively and a draw is tipped in what looms as a cagey affair.

Bournemouth


Eddie How’s side dropped points last week in a disappointing 4-0 loss to Burnley in the Premier League. The Cherries bounced back with a tight 3-2 win over Blackburn in the midweek League Cup fixture. 

The Cherries boast an impressive midfield led by Scotsman Ryan Fraser. The Scot has built an outstanding combination with striker Callum Wilson and is likely to be a threat against the Eagles. Wilson has been equally impressive in the box, finding the net twice in six matches.

Eddie Howe has placed his faith in Nathan Ake and Steve Cooke in defence and the defenders are set to have their hands full curbing the influence of Wilfred Zaha. 

Callum Wilson has been a danger up front for the Cherries this season (Getty Images)

Crystal Palace


The Eagles form is on the rise, unbeaten in their last three matches in all competitions. Palace were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle last week before bouncing back to form with a 3-0 win over West Brom in the Carabao Cup.

Andrew Townsend scored a brace for the Eagles against the Baggies and the form of striker Luka Milivojević has also been encouraging. The Serbian forward has been a threat in the air and worked well in tandem with Wilfred Zaha.

The former England International is in career best form, providing the Eagles with a goal scoring threat from both inside and outside the box. Zaha has scored three goals on the road this season and for that reason, I’m tipping him to get on the scoresheet at odds of 3.00.

Wilfred Zaha continues to impress with 3 goals this season in the EPL (Getty Images)

Head-to-Head


These two clubs have met six times in the Premier League with one victory apiece and four draws. The last clash in April 2018 at Vitality Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw.

Match Up


Wilfred Zaha remains key to the visitors getting anything from this fixture. The former England international has provided plenty of service to Luka Milivojević and scored three times on the road this season. Bournemouth have been impressive with Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser a danger in front of goal. 

Key Statistics


  • Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has scored 2 goals in 6 matches (Premier League). 
  • Bournemouth have conceded 8 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League).
  • Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha has scored 3 goals in 5 matches (Premier League).
Verdict

Roy Hodgson’s side have performed admirably this season with three clean sheets in the top flight. The Cherries are coming off a tough loss and it will be difficult to break down a well organised Crystal Palace defence. 

A draw is predicted and I’m tipping Wilfred Zaha to continue his outstanding form for the visitors. 

Best Bet: Draw & Both Teams to Score @ 4.00
Anytime Goalscorer: Wilfred Zaha @ 3.00

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