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


Crystal Palace

, Luka Milivojevic ‘41' (Pen) , Scott Dann ‘44'

AFC Bournemouth

, Jermain Defoe ‘10' , Jermain Defoe ‘48'
FT 9th December 2017 3:00 PM
Selhurst Park
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    Injury news: No fresh concerns for Palace

    Tyrone Mings, Joshua King and Junior Stanislas walk together in training.

    AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe reveals that there are no injury concerns ahead of Crystal Palace.

    Junior Stanislas and Jermain Defoe both returned against Southampton and were the two main doubts from the first team squad heading into last weekend’s fixture.

    The long-term players, Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith, are still absent, although both players are training on the grass again. Adam Federici is also back in light training.

    Elsewhere, Adam Smith will be suspended for the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Southampton.

    The Palace fixture makes it eight games in 24 days in the Cherries’ December calendar.

    Howe on Crystal Palace, Fraser and momentum


    On going into a big game ahead of a crucial period...

    You have to put the upcoming fixtures out of your mind, it has to be the here and now. We're not looking at the five-point gap, we're looking to whether we can beat Crystal Palace, having the players focused and prepared correctly for the game ahead of them.

    On sides' momentum after 15 games... 

    I haven't really looked at momentum, including that of Crystal Palace. I've only looked at my team and that we have momentum. I reflect back on our last game when we had a good performance, we didn't win but we had many positives and we look to take that into Saturday's game.

    On squad selection across a busy Christmas...

    It was always my plan to rotate across the three games in the last week or so, but I felt that even more strongly after the Burnley game. That benefited the team and I was very pleased with the way we played against Southampton.

    You need players who are fresh physically and mentally, in the games to come we have eight games in a very short space of time so we will be rotating the team.

    On Ryan Fraser's strong return to the starting XI...

    I was really pleased with his performance against Southampton, he brought energy quality and a very important goal. I love his characteristics and what he can bring to our side.

    Whenever you pick a player they have a chance to show you what they can do. Ryan has done himself no harm in that regard.



    Media View: What to expect from Palace


    The Cherries travel to Selhurst Park this weekend for the first Premier League meeting of the season between the two sides.

    With the hosts unbeaten in four, it will prove to be a tough game for Eddie Howe’s side who are also enjoying a good run, having only lost once in five.

    Ahead of the game, we spoke to the Croydon Advertiser’s Robert Warlow to preview the clash.

    You can follow Rob on Twitter here.

    afcb.co.uk: Palace have had a few good results recently, what have you made of it?

    RW: They’re becoming harder to beat particularly on the road. The start of the season was obviously disastrous with seven defeats in a row. They seem to be sorting it out a bit, they’re a bit more organised. Hodgson is known for getting teams well drilled, he did it at Fulham and West Brom.

    You can see he’s starting to have an effect at Palace now too. They’ve got a few goals in recent home games which is another thing that was lacking earlier on in the season.

    afcb.co.uk: Who has looked the difference for the Eagles since their change of fortunes?

    RW: I think Wilfried Zaha has been the biggest impact in terms of what he’s brought to the team since he’s been back. Obviously, Benteke does offer a threat going forward.

    But Zaha has scored three goals and just given a bit more positivity around the club really because he’s the talisman so when they see that he’s in the team, they’re a bit more confident.

    afcb.co.uk: What difference has Hodgson made since joining in September?

    RW: The fact that he has got them getting results is obviously a good thing. I wouldn’t say that they were playing terrible football at the start of the season but of course they weren’t winning which was the problem.  

    But Hodgson has given a bit more stability, he’s obviously taken a few weeks to get out what he wants in them. He’s producing better performances from the team and getting better results.

    afcb.co.uk: Finally, what’s the latest injury news ahead of the weekend?

    RW: Last weekend they were without James Tomkins, Yohan Cabaye and Scott Dann who was ill. Wayne Hennessey also got a back spasm in the warm-up at West Brom, which wasn’t ideal. Although I think all are small knocks and small-term injuries.

    Connor Wickham is long-term, but they have Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha back in the team now and they do look a bigger threat. 

    You can view the Croydon Advertiser's sports page here

    Five point preview: Crystal Palace


    The Cherries travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday for the first match-up of the season between the two sides. 

    With Palace unbeaten in four, it will prove a tough test so here's five points to look out for ahead of the game. 

    Start to the season…


    Crystal Palace’s start to the season certainly didn’t go as planned, not picking up a Premier League point until 14th October. Additionally, they failed to score their first goal of the domestic season until then too.

    Rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, a turn of fortunes soon developed following the appointment of Roy Hodgson, as the Eagles beat current champions Chelsea and soon moved off bottom spot.

    Recent form…


    The London outfit head into Saturday’s game having not lost in four, recording three draws against West Bromwich Albion, Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton, as well as a win over Stoke City.

    A draw against West Ham United towards the back end of October added another point to their tally, whilst fans will still have fond memories of the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

    The boss…


    Roy Hodgson came into Palace, his boyhood club, on 12th September, signing a two-year contract with the Eagles. He possesses plenty of experience having taken charge of fellow top-flight clubs Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

    However, the 70-year-old is best known for his stint as England manager, helping the Three Lions reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and Euro 2016.

    Now at Palace, Hodgson has helped the side pick up their first ten points of the season and lifted them from 18th to 20th.  

    One to watch…


    Ruben Loftus-Cheek has looked like a bright spark in the Palace team this season, with his performances also picked up by national team manager, Gareth Southgate. He then went on to produce a man-of-the-match performance against world footballing giants Brazil.

    The 21-year-old also scored his first Eagles strike of the season just two weeks ago against Stoke City, as Hodgson’s side ran out 2-1 winners.

    Exciting news…


    This week, Crystal Palace revealed plans for a new £100 million redevelopment of Selhurst Park’s main stand.

    Plans include a new five-storey stand in place of that already there, with an all-glass front creating a classy look. The Eagles’ crest will also be visible and have pride of place on the stadium’s new look surface, with the stand’s capacity increasing from 5,400 to approximately 13,500.

    Ref watch: Friend in charge at Palace


    Kevin Friend has been confirmed as the referee for AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League game with Crystal Palace.

    The game at Selhurst Park will be Friend’s 8th top flight game of the season, the latest being Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United last weekend.

    He has officiated in 13 games across the Football League and cup this campaign, dishing out 29 yellow cards and a single red.

    The last time Friend refereed a Cherries league game was the controversial clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford last season, which saw incidents involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings, as well as a red card for Andrew Surman.

    He has been an official at Vitality Stadium this campaign, for the Carabao Cup tie with Brighton and Hove Albion back in September.


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