Bournemouth v Crystal Palace Preview

Crystal Palace make the journey to the south coast to face Bournemouth on Monday night and the home side can end some strange trends by collecting maximum points.

The away side has opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League meetings between these teams, but have only gone on to win the match on one occasion.

Bournemouth meanwhile have tasted Premier League defeat only once in six meetings with Palace, although they’ve drawn four times and the Cherries sole success came away at Selhurst Park.

Eddie Howe’s side have never won a Premier League game on a Monday, failing to score in all but one of those five matches, with one draw and four losses.

So, while the historical data isn’t technically and Bournemouth’s corner – and they were defeated 4-0 by Burnley in their last league game – they look the best bet at 2.25 here to win.

The away side are underdogs at 3.30 while another stalemate is also a fair bet at odds of 3.45.

Howe may still be wondering quite how his Cherries team ended up on the end of that 4-0 loss at Turf Moor last time out in the league.

The Bournemouth boss suggested afterwards that it was ‘not a 4-0 type of game’ and it is tough to disagree. His side had plenty chances, running into an in-form Joe Hart, before they conceded a late brace of goals that rather flattered Burnley.

That was a setback, but surely not one that will have Howe in panic-mode just yet, as his team have made an otherwise solid start to the new season. They’ve won three of six games, scoring ten times, and could climb as high as sixth with victory against Crystal Palace.

Bournemouth have all the hallmarks of a team that will likely have little trouble in securing a mid-table finish and Premier League safety.

For Palace, the same is probably true – as long as Wilfried Zaha is fit and well. The winger is the beating heart of Roy Hodgson’s team, as he has been for some considerable time.

Palace have managed just four league goals in six games, with Zaha firing three of them. Howe insists Palace are no one-man team but, the facts suggest, if you can nullify Zaha then you are already close to stopping Palace.

With Palace shy on goals, the Vitality Stadium isn’t a great place to be going. Bournemouth have scored more than one goal in 10 of their last 13 top-flight matches at home and are 2.05 to manage over 1.5 goals here.

Ryan Fraser has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games at the Vitality Stadium and is 11.00 to get the opening goal here.

Palace are aiming for their 100th Premier League win and have won three of their last four away league games, matching their tally in the previous 20 combined.

The worry for Hodgson must surely come from the lack of creativity in his team, excluding the excellent Zaha.

Bournemouth carry a wide-ranging threat and, despite only Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea having conceded fewer goals than Crystal Palace so far, they can engineer a first Monday night success here. Bournemouth to win to nil is recommended at 3.90 for this game.