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Team news: Appearance milestone for Tavernier


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Marcus Tavernier will make his 50th Premier League appearance in AFC Bournemouth's clash with Crystal Palace at Vitality Stadium tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

Tavernier, who joined the Cherries from Middlesbrough in August 2022, has netted seven goals in his 49 games in the top flight. 

Lloyd Kelly, now fully recovered from a hip injury, is one of no fewer than five changes made by Cherries head coach Andoni Iraola against the Eagles.

Alex Scott, Ryan Christie, Philip Billing and Dango Ouattara are also restored to the starting line-up with Milos Kerkez, Chris Mepham, Tyler Adams, Antoine Semenyo and Justin Kluivert making way.

The Cherries will be hoping to register their second double of the season following their 2-0 win against the Eagles at Selhurst Park in December where Marcos Senesi and Kieffer Moore were on target.

And Iraola’s team will also be looking to equal a club Premier League record of three successive home wins, set in 2016/17 and matched the following season.

The Cherries have taken ten points from their past four games, including back-to-back wins at Vitality Stadium against Luton Town and Everton.

A point would see the Cherries match their total tally from last season with eight games remaining, while their record haul of 46, set in 2016/17, will also be in their sights.

Meanwhile, Dom Solanke, who made his top-flight debut for Liverpool against Palace in August 2017, needs one more goal to become the Cherries’ highest scorer in a single Premier League season, the striker having netted 16, including four in his past nine games.

AFC Bournemouth: Neto, Cook, Kelly, Solanke, Christie, Ouattara, Scott, Smith, Tavernier, Zabarnyi, Billing.

Subs: Travers (g/k), Kerkez, Faivre, Semenyo, Adams, Kluivert, Ünal, Hill, Aarons.

Crystal Palace: Henderson, Ward, Andersen, Hughes, Muñoz, Wharton, Lerma, Mitchell, Ayew, Eze, Mateta.

Subs: Matthews (g/k), Tomkins, Clyne, Ahamada, Ozoh, Schlupp, Édouard, Umeh-Chibueze, Mathurin.

Referee: Graham Scott.

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