Kick-off: 1500, 12/05/2019
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace have finished strongly for the second straight Premier League season and can sign off on a high note by beating Bournemouth at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles closed with a hat-trick of wins last term and are seeking to claim a third success in four outings when entertaining the Cherries on Sunday.
Roy Hodgson’s side are rated as worthy favourites at 9/10 in our initial Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace made it four victories in seven games when sending Cardiff down with a 3-2 triumph in Wales and have only lost to Manchester City and Tottenham during the current good run.
Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi and Andros Townsend helped to give the Eagles a ninth away win of the season, in a more dominant display than the scoreline suggests.
“When you play these games, you know you are playing a team that is going to be fighting to the death,” commented Hodgson.
“Cardiff have fought very, very hard in every game throughout the season. We knew they would be giving us nothing and we would have to fight and work for every opportunity.”
It says a lot for Hodgson’s work ethic that Palace could pull off such a victory when already safe themselves and another professional performance is expected here.
Looking at the Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth odds, we reckon 8/5 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game has obvious appeal.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Milivojevic, Townsend, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew, Batshuayi.
Scott Dann will be given a late fitness test for Palace after suffering a muscle strain in training, while fellow defenders Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle), James Tomkins (groin), Mamadou Sakho (knee) and Pape Souare (hamstring) are out.
Christian Benteke is also a doubt, owing to a cheekbone injury.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth did us a favour when securing a last-gasp 1-0 win over Tottenham, as we tipped the Cherries to prevail at 9/2 in our preview of that match.
However, it must be admitted that Spurs had Son Heung-min sent off before half-time and went down to nine men when Juan Foyth was dismissed soon after the break.
Spurs had been in total control for much of the first half, with Bournemouth’s 19-year-old debutant goalkeeper Mark Travers forced to make several key saves.
Eddie Howe was pleased with the impression his youngster made, stating: “It was a great display from him, I think he is someone we really do believe in.”
We feel Palace can outwork the Cherries, though, and are hoping they are more clinical when creating chances.
Let’s go with 13/1 for a 3-1 home victory to finish off our Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Travers, Cook, Ake, Smith, Clyne, Simpson, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, Wilson, King.
Bournemouth must do without injured trio David Brooks (ankle), Dan Gosling (calf) and Dominic Solanke (hamstring).
Young Irish goalkeeper Travers is primed to retain his starting berth after an impressive debut.
Cardiff 2-3 CRYSTAL PALACE – Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi, Andros Townsend
BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 Tottenham – Nathan Ake
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 2-1 Palace, Bournemouth 2-2 Palace, Palace 2-2 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-2 Palace, Palace 1-1 Bournemouth
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