AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are Tuesday opposing the Vitality Stadium. Both teams are not particularly high on the list, but we can still expect some goals.
Bournemouth expires season to date as required. The Cherries although losses with some regularity, but are still at a very nice twelfth place in the Premier League. Ahead of the relegation zone is ten points and in the remainder of the season Bournemouth can focus on the remaining fourteen items that are considered necessary to ensure self-preservation.
Bournemouth has been turned off in the FA Cup last weekend and had thus no cup commitments. That means that the selection of ten full days had rest; unprecedented luxury, paradoxically caused by a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Millwall in the FA Cup tournament. Two weeks ago, lost Bournemouth still points against Watford in-house; 2-2 it was. Bournemouth made twice equalized, and paid the price for mediocre defense.
That defense has anyway been a problem throughout the season. Bournemouth got in his last four games in all competitions eleven goals against; nearly three per game. However Benik Afobe came against Watford to score and that offers hope. He now has two goals scored in his last three games for Bournemouth, the same as in his previous 25 games.
Boruc, Smith, Cook, Mings, Daniels, Surman, Wilshere, Stanislas, King, Afobe Wilson
Since his appointment Sam Allardyce has made very few positive results. He’s Palace, in any case can not prevent a further fall in the rankings, and The Eagles are now in a disappointing eighteenth place. If this is up to the end of the season remains so, then Palace will degrade. And that would be a first for a manager Sam Allardyce, who has already managed to attract many a Premier League club out of the doldrums.
Last Saturday, Crystal Palace played at home against Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup. That match was lost with no chance for 0-3 and Palace could not do anything. Allarydce rotated a bit, but also brought considerable number of first choices within the lines. It will do the confidence of the team little good, especially when you consider that Palace a week earlier also lost to Everton 0-1 at home.
Crystal Palace has been waiting eight league games in a row on a victory. Of those eight matches lost no less than six. As with Bournemouth is all just not defensively. Under Alan Pardew Palace knew occasionally to compensate even with a zipper on goals, but that now seems Allardyce has also taken over the helm no longer be the case. It promises to be a long and frustrating two half of the season.
Hennessey, Tomkins, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Cabaye, Puncheon, Schlupp, McArthur, Benteke, Zaha