Bournemouth will need to put last weeks dismal 4-0 defeat behind them as they welcome Crystal Palace to the Vitality on Monday Night.
Last Saturday’s capitulation in Lancashire was the first blot on what has been a very satisfactory start to the season for the Cherries but even at times were the better side. 4-0 definitely wasn’t a true reflection of the game with the South Coast side dominating possession and attempting more shots than their Lancashire counterparts however there was no denying that Burnley were the better side when it mattered. The defensive issues of last season seemed to arise again at Turf Moor with all four goals coming about due to defensive errors.
On Monday night it will be a different test for the Cherries but if they defend anything like they did in East Lancashire the outcome is unlikely to favour them. Crystal Palace undoubtedly have more pound for pound quality than Burnley however the Clarets were able to dispatch of Bournemouth due to them being able to bully the Cherries. An approach that could be used due to the Eagles possessing players such as Chiekhou Kouyate, Luka Milivojevic & Christian Benteke that all have an abundance of strength and power. Palace have had a mixed start to the season with two impressive away wins at Fulham & Huddersfield cancelled out by disappointing results at home, losing out to Southampton & being held to a draw by Newcastle last weekend.
Opposition player to look out for – Wilfred Zaha
As ever the eye catching Ivorian will hold the key to Palaces chances of beating Bournemouth on Monday night. Already notching three goals so far this season including an impressive solo effort that turned out to be the match winner Away at Huddersfield, the flamboyant front man will look to build on this when Palace travel down to the South Coast.
Bournemouth – Charlie Daniels returned to training in the week and may make his return against Palace on Monday. After missing the trip to Burnley it is unsure whether or not Dan Gosling will be available, the same goes for Diego Rico who came off with a knock at half time against Burnley.
Likely XI – Asmir Begovic; Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Diego Rico; David Brooks, Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook, Ryan Fraser; Callum Wilson, Josh King
Crystal Palace – Scott Dann remains a long term absentee for Palace while it is unknown how much of a part Connor Wickham or Christian Benteke will play against Bournemouth either.
Likely XI – Wayne Hennessey; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt; Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur; Wilfred Zaha, Jordan Ayew, Andros Townsend
Score Prediction – Bournemouth 3-2 Crystal Palace
An intriguing game between two sides who arguably are playing where they feel more comfortable. Bournemouth have picked up most of their points so far this season at the Vitality while both of palaces wins have come away from home. A high scoring affair in which I feel the Cherries will just edge it.