Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Betting Tips & Odds – 09/12/17

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Betting Tips & Odds – 09/12/17

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Crystal Palace v Bournemouth Betting Tips & Odds

In our Crystal Palace v Bournemouth betting preview we look at what could possibly be the best bets between the two sides.

Overview

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace hope to finally move out of the relegation zone on Saturday afternoon, as they host Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace aren’t making waves in the sorts of performances they’ve been putting out but the improvement is there, and now just three points is what keeps them from moving away from the dropzone, so it’s hoped they can see that through in defeating the side they face here. Bournemouth have endured plenty of disappointments in the current campaign but still see them as being capable of finishing in the top half, which will only be officially proven when they play out their next few fixtures, as all too many fans of the Premier League aren’t all that convinced after their first fifteen games. These sides last faced at the end of January, where two second half goals were enough to seal three points for a resurgent Crystal Palace.

Christian Benteke - Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke scored in Palace’s last tie with Bournemouth but has barely played recently due to injuries

Roy Hodgson has his men unbeaten in their last five at Selhurst Park

Kicking off with exciting Dutch manager Frank de Boer at the helm had Crystal Palace understandably excited over their chances of a high finish in the Premier League this season, but his dismissal after a short few weeks at the helm proved that their fate wasn’t set in stone, and that his failure to conduct Inter Milan’s comeback last season was a sign that he wasn’t cut out for these sorts of jobs. Sam Allardyce was the man to come in and save the day last season but he left at the end of the season due to personal reasons. This time around, former England manager Roy Hodgson has been pitted with the task of saving Crystal Palace from the dropzone, and eventually assuring stability in the long-haul, but it’s still up for debate whether they’ll be safe by the time we reach May.

Defeating Chelsea still stands as their biggest achievement this season but it’s continued momentum that matters more over a one-off three pointer. Their last six games have resulted with The Eagles unbeaten but they seriously need to start achieving more wins over the sides they face, as five of those games finished as draws. Playing out to goalless draws in their last two games with recently promoted Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion doesn’t give all too much to be excited about. Both Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke have missed games due to prolonged injuries, leaving Benteke with no goals to his name and Zaha with just three. Roy Hodgson has more than enough quality in his side to toy with but the way in which he handles injury issues and how he forms his ideal starting eleven could define whether they can survive the drop.

Mamadou Sakho - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s defence has improved, headed by summer signing Mamadou Sakho

Bournemouth are inconsistent but have recently taken points on the road

Plenty of admiration regularly goes Eddie Howe’s way for his methods in charge of Bournemouth but he’ll once again be well and truly tested this season, with their resulting place in the league being the eventual proof of his worth at the helm. He’s massively improved the club, moving them up to the highest level of English football and presenting them as a shining light of traditional English football, with British players in almost every position but functioning in all possible departments. Consistency at attempting to seal a reliable spot in the top half hasn’t been all too easy though, as they now sit fourteenth in the Premier League table, four places from the relegation zone but five points from being on the same tally as the struggling side they come up against here.

Presenting moments as being a side capable of dominance when playing at home in the previous campaign has fallen by the wayside this season, leaving them ranked as the fifth worst side on home soil, failing to win six of eight games at Dean Court. They’ve been stronger away from home in going unbeaten over their last three during wins over Stoke City and Newcastle United, as well as a draw with Swansea City, but only sit with a record of two wins and a draw from seven on opposition grounds. The Cherries’ last game had them hosting Southampton in one of the several coastline derbies, where they held composure to grind out a fair 1-1 draw at Dean Court. Callum Wilson and Joshua King are unsurprising top scorers for Bournemouth this season with five goals between them, but it’s hard to decipher whether or not Bournemouth are capable of moving clearer from the bottom three.

Harry Arter - Bournemouth

The Cherries had to take positives from drawing at home to derby side Southampton

Odds

If you want to back Crystal Palace to finally break their duck and win this game, odds of 21/20 for them to win are available on BetVictor. If you could see this tense encounter resulting as a fair draw between two unpredictable sides, that outcome is priced up at odds of 12/5 on PaddyPower. If you’d rather get behind Bournemouth to scoop all three points away from home, they’re given odds of 3/1 on Betway.

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