Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

26 Aug

Alan Pardew (left) and Eddie Howe


Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth won 2-1 at Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace in February

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been struggling with injury this week so Steve Mandanda, who joined from Marseille over the summer, could make his Premier League debut.

Belgium striker Christian Benteke remains short of match fitness and the £27m striker will probably start on the bench.

Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter is available after serving his one-match suspension in midweek following a red card at West Ham last weekend.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

John Roder: “Crystal Palace and Bournemouth recorded their first wins of the new season in the League Cup in midweek, but both are in desperate need of a first Premier League victory.

“If you include last season, as the stats show, neither team are in the best of form. Christian Benteke, with 51 goals in his 118 Premier League games, will give Palace added firepower, but as Damien Delaney pointed out, Benteke’s arrival will not solve all of Palace’s problems.

“I was at Selhurst Park back in February for Match of the Day to see Bournemouth come from behind for a 2-1 win.

“Three goals would be nice again, but I’m sure both Alan Pardew and Eddie Howe would settle for a 1-0 result in their favour.”

Twitter: @johnrodercomm

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew on Spurs’ bid for Wilfried Zaha: “We just reacted to it [the bid] and I think we’ve reacted correctly. I think the chairman’s statement says it all.

“We’re making changes to try to take the team in a new direction, you could see that against Blackpool in midweek.

“You can have ups and downs with players. I have no problem with Wilf whatsoever, I completely understand what’s gone on.

“He’s our player of the year and a player that I see in my plans going forward.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Prediction: 2-1

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Christian Benteke has scored 51 goals in 118 Premier League matches<!–

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Goals by Marc Pugh and Benik Afobe gave Bournemouth a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park in February.
  • Palace are winless in four meetings since a 3-0 home victory in the old Second Division in 1988.

Crystal Palace

  • Palace have won just two of their 21 Premier League games in 2016, earning 11 points out of a possible 63.
  • They have not scored a first-half goal in their past nine Premier League games, and only managed one in the past 14 matches.
  • No club had a top scorer with fewer Premier League goals than Palace last season. Yannick Bolasie, Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann all scored five league goals.

Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth have only earned one point from their past seven games.
  • Their only win in 10 attempts came against Aston Villa in April (W1, D1, L8).
  • The Cherries have gone 12 league matches without a clean sheet, conceding a joint-league high 27 goals during that period.
  • They have already equalled last season’s tally of one red card in the Premier League.

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