A significant Premier League encounter awaits at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace hosts Bournemouth in a clash between two teams situated in the bottom half of the table.
Crystal Palace started the season impressively but experienced a dip in form, managing only five points from their last seven games after an initial bright start.
However, they avoided a third consecutive defeat by securing a 1-1 draw against West Ham United last weekend, thanks to Odsonne Edouard’s goal.
While currently mid-table and comfortably clear of the relegation zone, Roy Hodgson’s side must seek positive results in the upcoming fixtures, starting with a match against Bournemouth and followed by a challenging run against teams placed higher in the table.
Palace’s home record hasn’t been exceptional, with just one win in six home league games this season.
However, they’ve historically had the upper hand against Bournemouth, winning their last five Premier League meetings, providing them with optimism for Wednesday’s fixture.
Bournemouth, after back-to-back wins against Newcastle United and Sheffield United, came close to a third consecutive victory against Aston Villa. However, a late equalizer forced them to settle for a 2-2 draw.
The Cherries have shown improvement but still struggle to retain leads, having dropped points from winning positions this season.
Their away form needs work, having garnered only four points on the road and conceding 18 goals away from home.
Bournemouth hasn’t fared well in London recently, losing 12 of their last 16 Premier League games in the capital, including their previous visit to Selhurst Park.
Nonetheless, their recent performances indicate they can challenge Palace in this encounter.
Crystal Palace Premier League form: L L W L L D
Bournemouth Premier League form: L W L W W D
Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze faces uncertainty about his return from an ankle injury due to a disagreement between the player and the medical staff.
Jeffrey Schlupp’s availability is uncertain for personal reasons, while several players like Cheick Doucoure, Rob Holding, Dean Henderson, and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi are sidelined.
Hodgson is likely to retain a similar defensive setup but might introduce changes in the attacking third with Jean-Philippe Mateta and Matheus Franca eyeing starting roles.
Bournemouth faces long-term absences of several players, including Lloyd Kelly, Tyler Adams, Max Aarons, Alex Scott, and others. Manager Andoni Iraola may not make significant alterations to the lineup from their last game against Villa.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell;
Lerma, Hughes, Schlupp;
Olise, Edouard, Ayew
Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez;
Tavernier, Kluivert, Semenyo;
Both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth will view this match as crucial for securing points and confidence.
Although Palace has dominated recent encounters, Bournemouth’s improvements make a closely contested draw a plausible outcome.
- Our Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth