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AFC Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth

, Lys Mousset ‘65' , Joshua King ‘89'

Crystal Palace

, Luka Milivojevic ‘47' , Wilfried Zaha ‘75'
FT 7th April 2018 3:00 PM
Vitality Stadium
Stats Sponsored by MSP Capital

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Yet another fightback from the team!

We take a point after falling behind twice.

Goals from the two substitutes made the difference - as Lys Mousset and Joshua King both bag at the Vitality Steve Fletcher Main Stand end to secure a point.

Another performance of spirit, thanks for joining us!

90: We're in!!

Surman and Mousset combine brilliantly and Surman gets in behind the back line and James Tomkins cynically takes him out when it looked really dangerous!

89: King equalises!!!

We get a corner and Steve Cook glances it on - at the back post King is waiting to tap it in!

Great stuff, the two subs have come on to score! We're level again!!



88: Save!

Nathan Ake gets completely free on the left wing and puts in a really threatening ball which is invited for Defoe but Sahko gets a crucial touch!!

86: Top save!

Townsend loops a shot which deflects and forces Begovic to adjust his feet.

He gets a fingertip on the ball to parry it out, a really really good save as the ball looked like it was going to creep in.

83: It's tight...

We're struggling to get a clear chance but Palace are defending for their lives.

It's very very tight - we need a moment of magic from someone!

Into the final ten we go...

79: A final change...

Andrew Surman comes on for Lewis Cook.

The game has become very, very stretched. We should get one final chance...

GOAL for Palace.

Hints of offside from the initial ball, but Zaha scores.

He spins on the edge of the box and rifles one, it takes a big deflection and goes in.

1-2 down.

Franno's seal of approval!

66: A brilliant strike!!!

That is fabulous!

Weeman lays off Mousset on the edge and he curls a sublime low effort which whizzes past Hennessey!

Lovely stuff, all level - one of his first touches too!!



63: Double sub...

Wilson and Pugh make way.

Lys Mousset and Joshua King come on - hopefully this can swing the game for us!

61: Frantic stuff!!!

It's as if it's the last ten  minutes!!

End to end! Fraser hits a cross which is just behind the unmarked Defoe in the box, before Palace break and Zaha has a wonderful chance in the area - but Steve Cook makes a top block.

Really frenetic pace here! Could be plenty more goals in this... Hopefully for us!

59: Another good Begovic save!

Palace are looking to play on the break and it's working.

Zaha gets one v one with Daniels and unleashes a venomous drive... It's in the area but Begovic gets a strong hand to parry it away.

Another good stop!

The crowd are behind us here!

53: Palace should be 2-0 up...

... But for an excellent save by Asmir Begovic - a really drop drawer save.

Palace break and Zaha thread Patrick van Aanholt one on one.

He has so much time, around 40-yards to run into all alone. He gets in the box but Begovic makes himself big to produce a brilliant save.

Should be 2-0, but that could be a game changer!

49: Another save!

A good spell!

Lewis Cook 20-yards out curls a brilliant effort - it's heading to the bottom corner but Hennessey is there again with another brilliant save!

Moments after, Defoe got space in the box but his effort was deflected. It took the goal to get us going but we're well on top.

48: CLOSE!!

Instant response.

Charlie Daniels finds Pugh on the edge, he gets a yard and curls it magnificently, it's going in but for a big hand from Wayne Hennessey!

A really good save.

48: CLOSE!!

Instant response.

Charlie Daniels finds Pugh on the edge, he gets a yard and curls it magnificently, it's going in but for a big hand from Wayne Hennessey!

A really good save.

GOAL for Palace.

It's a wonderful free-kick in fairness.

25-yards out, Luka Milivojevic curls one in.

45: Back underway...

A big half awaits!

No changes for either side as we attack the Steve Fletcher Vitality Main Stand.

Come on lads - get us to the 40 point mark!


It's goalless, but there's been positive moments for both sides.

Our early chances could have set the tone, but Palace grew into it.

Plenty of action - a decent game. One there for us for sure.

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42: Chance for Wilson!!!

End to end!!!

Defoe and Wilson combine and JD has a powerful effort blocked, it loops up in the air invitingly for Wilson in space in the area.

He volleys it but it's over - a good chance!

41: Really good opening for Palace...

Zaha gets down the left and is at his menacing best...

He puts in a cross to the back post and Cabaye is there in acres and looks set to score but he slips!!

Let off for us!

Getting closer...

36: Chance!

Big one for Jermain!

Fraser whips in a cross to the striker, who looks offside - he takes a touch in the area and blasts one but it's really well blocked by Wan Bissaker! 

He had plenty of room, but it's easy to say that from up here and not in the box!

28: Unlucky!

Great tackle from Lewis Cook! His pass finds Fraser out wide and his delivery is good!

Wilson tries to divert it in with the side of his foot, he makes firm contact in the box but it flies narrowly over.


22: Big chance for Palace...

James McArthur found a yard of space in the area and it looked very very dangerous for us.

His low drive however was well blocked by Nathan Ake just in the nick of time.


20: It's quietened down...

After our frantic start of pressure and our two good chances, the game has settled down.

Apart from one controversial incident where Cabaye barged Fraser off the ball, not a lot has happened.

Both teams are tidy on the ball, but neither are able to find that killer moment in the final third.

A nice touch for Ray Wilkins prior to kick-off...

08: Opening for Palace...

Andros Townsend cuts inside from the right and whips in a ball, which is extremely dangerous.

Only a great touch from Steve Cook diverts it away from Wilfried Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek waiting in the box.

Great defending.

06: Another brilliant chance!!!

So close!!

Simon Francis does really well to get on the right and his delivery is nearly perfect!

Dan Gosling steamed onto it in the six-yard box but couldn't get a firm touch, and Marc Pugh just missed it at the back stick too!

Great chance and so so close! A really positive start in this opening five minutes...


We get in behind early on and a ball is floated into Callum Wilson who gets free in the box!

He looks certain to strike at goal but it's a scuffed effort from close in... A really really good opening!  Good start less than a minute in!

01: We're underway!

Jermain Defoe kicks us off and we'll attack the Ted MacDougall Colmar Construction Stand this first half...

A big one! Come on lads! Click LISTEN LIVE for full audio commentary for free.

A minute's applause...

To commemorate the late Ray Wilkins.

A nice touch for Ray, who also played for Palace briefly.

Excellently observed.

An interesting stat...

One that we hope is eliminated today!

Of the five previous Premier League meetings between the Cherries and Palace, the home side hasn't won - with three draws and two away wins...

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Injury update...

Joshua King and Jordon Ibe both miss out on the starting line up today.

The manager has revealed that Ibe has been ill, while King had picked up a hamstring injury in the week.

Nothing serious for either pair, but that's why they both miss out today.

Late, late drama...

We love a late goal, but it's been crazy in our games recently!

In each of Bournemouth's last six Premier League games, six goals have been scored in the 89th minute or later - with four of those goals changing the points taken!

One to watch...

Palace's captain today.

Luka Milivojevic has scored a league-high seven penalties this campaign.

He scored one against us in the last fixture as well...

In text...

Jermain Defoe starts for the Cherries after scoring that crucial equaliser against Watford.

Marc Pugh returns as does Simon Francis to the starting XI.

Cherries XI: Begovic; Francis (C), S Cook, Ake, Daniels; Fraser, L Cook, Gosling, Pugh; Wilson, Defoe.

If he plays today...

Jermain Defoe could make Premier League history.

He has scored 162 Premier League goals, he is just one off Robbie Fowler in sixth place in the list of all-time top Premier League scorers.

Two goals today Jermain!?

Did you know...

Wilfried Zaha has won a joint-league high four penalties this season, with two of those being won against us at Selhurst Park. One to watch today for sure...

Sad news for us...

After being in flying form recently, Junior Stanislas is missing for the rest of the season.

Adam Smith is also missing for today's game, while there's a late fitness test over Simon Francis - which is a positive.

The manager said: "Junior's a big miss for us. He's had an operation and we're happy at how that has gone.

"Adam will also be out, he's made good progress and we're pleased with how he's getting on. We hope to get him back before the end of the season.

How do Palace look heading into this one?

Well the form on paper isn't great...

They've lost five of their last six games, winning just one of their last nine games in the process.

But they are are aiming for back-to-back Premier League away victories for the first time in 12 months.

Are goals guaranteed today?

Well we're on a good run! The Cherries have scored in each of their last 13 league games - a run that started on Boxing Day.

However, Palace haven't conceded a Premier League goal at Vitality Stadium...

Might be on to avoid on any accumulators!


We're approximately three hours from kick-off and there's a big game feel here at Vitality Stadium!

The Cherries face Crystal Palace and a win could take the club to the 40 point mark in the Premier League.

We'll have it all covered on Instagram (officialafcb), Twitter (@AFCBournemouth), live text updates here and full live audio commentary on afcbTV.

Join us!

As it stood

1 Manchester City 31 +67 84
2 Manchester United 31 +37 68
3 Liverpool 33 +40 67
4 Tottenham Hotspur 32 +37 67
5 Chelsea 31 +23 56
6 Arsenal 31 +17 51
7 Burnley 32 +3 49
8 Leicester City 32 +3 43
9 Everton 33 -15 41
10 Newcastle United 32 -8 38
12 Watford 33 -17 37
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 32 -14 35
14 West Ham United 31 -18 33
15 Swansea City 32 -19 32
16 Huddersfield Town 33 -28 32
17 Crystal Palace 33 -19 31
18 Southampton 31 -18 28
19 Stoke City 33 -33 27
20 West Bromwich Albion 33 -26 21

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