The only Premier League game on Monday is the clash between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, two teams that are predicted to finish the season somewhere in the middle of the table. Of course, that won’t be easy as the top English flight has never been tougher. And that means that every point matters, therefore, we’re guaranteed to see an entertaining duel at the Vitality Stadium. Here’s a Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace match preview that should help you with your betting tips.
Bournemouth are flying pretty high in the Premier League at the moment, with 10 points after six rounds, which they collected by winning a total of three games and playing draw once. Unfortunately for them, their decent run ended abruptly last Saturday when they lost to Burnley 4:0.
To be fair to Bournemouth, that match was played at Burnley’s turf and Bournemouth have never been great on the road. In fact, last season, they won only four matches away from their stadium. At home, they were much better. And the same is the case this season as well. Bournemouth have won every single game at home in September and are without a home defeat in the league since April, when Manchester United beat them 2:0.
Another peculiar thing about Bournemouth is that their games bring lots of excitements to the viewers, usually with many goals. For example, the score in the League Cup game with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday was 3:2. Before that, they lost 4:0 to Burnley and a week earlier, they beat Leicester City 4:2.
And their previous duels with Crystal Palace were also packed with excitements. For example, each of their two Premier League meetings last season ended 2:2. Furthermore, we saw at least two goals in all games but one that these two teams played in the 21st century.
Crystal Palace had serious problems last season to stay in the league, but they managed it eventually. Their fans are hopeful they won’t have to go through the same kind of drama this season as well. Judging by their performances this season, they should be able to stay above the relegation zone. But, they need to keep on playing well in order to stay on a respectable position.
Crystal Palace have a decent team, although they seem to be relying a lot on one player. I’m talking, of course, about Wilfred Zaha, who’s been their best player for the past two seasons. Actually, it seems that Crystal Palace are winning only when he’s in the team.
The good news for their fans ahead of the Monday’s duel with Bournemouth is that Zaha is fit and ready to make an impact. Unfortunately, there are a few players in this team who will have to watch this game from the stands. Most notable of those is Benteke.
- Charlie Daniels (injury)
Crystal Palace absentees
- Christian Benteke (injury)
- Pape Souare (injury)
- Connor Wickham (injury)
- Scott Dann (injury)
Begovic – Cook, Ake, Smith, Rico – Lerma, Gosling, Brooks, Fraser – King, Wilson
Hennessey – Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, Van Aanholt – Milivojevic, McArthur, Kouyate – Townsend, Zaha, Ayew
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace Match Prediction
Crystal Palace are much better team than Bournemouth and are in a better form than their next opponent. And considering that Crystal Palace have won most of their points this season on the road, I can see them winning on Monday evening.
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
- Crystal Palace @3.40 (bet365)