Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth
Date: 9th December 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Crystal Palace got off to a horrendous click-off to the new Premier League season, but the former national team head coach Ro Hodgson managed to turn their fortunes around.
The Glaziers are now only three points adrift of the safe zone and they come into this Saturday’s home clash with AFC Bournemouth undefeated in last four league fixtures.
Hodgson can be satisfied with his team’s defensive displays as Palace kept their net untouched in last two meetings with Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion.
Nonetheless, Hodgson clearly lacks a predator in the final third. Wilfried Zaha did bag three so far in the season, but he’s just not consistent enough top represent a genuine threat.
Apart from him, Hodgson does not have anyone else who has managed to net two or more goals since the very start of the season, and that’s Palace’s main issue ahead of Bournemouth clash.
Eddie Howe’s men have been playing hot and cold since the start of the season. They are currently on a poor run of form as they’ve won no more than two points from last three league matches.
Given that the Cherries played the likes of Swansea City, Burnley and Southampton, and that two of these games were at their Vitality Road, we can say it is a poor return for them.
Nonetheless, the team produced stern defensive displays in last three away matches which saw them claim seven points with wins over Stoke City and United and a draw with Swansea City.
Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth: Head to head
The two sides have met each other five times over the history, four of which were official matches in last two Premier League seasons.
Only a single of these four saw three or more goals, while the teams clinched a win and a draw each during the process.
Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth: Prediction
This is a textbook example of an Under 2.50 goals pick. The match ahs a massive importance for both managers in the relegation battle, and both teams have been struggling a lot to find goals ever since the start of the season.
Palace come into this on the back of consecutive goalless draws and braver tipsters can try and chase the third in a row at the odds of 9.50.
Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth: Bet Tips
The first bet is Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 1.70.
Braver punters can try with the correct score 0-0 at 9.50.