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Can Cherries Make It Three Home Wins In A Row?

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Written by billythekid

We had our best unbeaten run after losing away against Manchester City, which included six wins and a draw. Since our home defeat against Manchester City, our team are on their second-best unbeaten run this season with three wins and a draw. Two of the wins came in our last two home games against Luton Town and the latest game against Everton. AFCB could make that three wins in a row with a win in our next game at Dean Court against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night at 7.45 pm.

Our last game against Crystal Palace was back in December with Roy Hodgson as their manager, the Cherries won 0-2. After that result, there was one place between the two clubs in the Premier League table. Palace were in 14th place and AFCB 15th, both clubs on 16 points after playing 15 games. Now AFCB are in 13th place with 38 points and Palace are 14th on 30 points.

Since that game, the Eagles on their travels have not won an away game. They have drawn with Manchester City 2-2 and lost 2-1 against Chelsea, then Roy Hodgson’s team suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, losing 5-0 against Arsenal. They lost 4-1 at Brighton. At home, Hodgson’s team since our game, have W 2, D 1, L 2.

Roy Hodgson was taken ill at training on the 15th February and had a short spell in hospital. Since then he has stepped down as the manager of his boyhood club, where in his two spells as their manager he kept them in the Premier League. His face will be missed on the touchline and in the dugout.

Crystal Palace were away in their next game at Everton, it was taken by two of Roy Hodgson’s assistants Paddy McCarthy and Ray Lewington. Palace had appointed former Eintracht Frankfurt boss the Austrian Oliver Glasner as their new manager and he was at Goodison Park watching his new club draw 1-1. In his four games in charge, his side have beaten Burnley 3-0 at Selhurst Park, lost away at Spurs 3-1 and drew at home with Luton Town 1-1. His most recent game was away at Nottingham Forest which finished 1-1.

The last time the Eagles visited Dean Court in the league was in December 2022. The Cherries lost 0-2, the goals both coming in the first half. Jordan Ayew opened the scoring in the 19th minute and Eberechi Eze scored the second in the 36 minute.

In our home league games against Palace, AFCB have W 22, D 10, L 6.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 30, D 20, L 28.

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Crystal Palace Win

Crystal Palace Win

AFCB Team News
Ryan Christie missed the Everton game with a knee injury.

AFCB Player To Watch
Dominic Solanke with 16 league goals this season, has equaled the Cherries record held by Josh King for the most Premier League goals in a season. So all eyes will be on Solanke to see if he can beat it against Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace Team News
Michael Olise, Sam Johnstone, Cheick Doucore, Rob Holding, Marc Guehi,
Jesurun Rak-Sakai, Matheus Franca have all been out injured.

Crystal Palace Player To Watch
Eberechi Eze, a strong all-round player and has scored 3 goals in his last four games, including one assist. Another player in form recently has been Jean- Philippe Mateta with 3 goals in four games.

The Referee
Graham Scott is the referee for this game. He was the referee for our League Cup game against Stoke City.

Matt Stevenson added…

I’ve looked at the last 4 league games for C Palace. These were two home games (Burnley and Luton) and away at Spurs and N Forest. C Palace gained 5 points although the xGs suggested this was an unfair reflection, with 7 being more likely with C Palace being dominant in the home games. C Palace have scored 6 goals and conceded 5 with xG estimating 6.64 goals with 3.75 conceded.

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C Palace have had 4 different goal scorers with Mateta having scored 3 goals. Franca has 2 assists with 3 players having one assist each.

The average positions of the starting line-ups are below. In the home game versus Burnley, Palace were attacking, but Burnley were down to 10 men after 30 minutes. Palace sat back against Spurs, and were medium against Luton and Forest.

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The following graph compares summary stats of C Palace and AFCB over the last 4 games. On the underlying stats AFCB are doing well offensively with more goal attempts, big chances, xG and goals scored, but with C Palace having the better stats defensively in particular for big chances conceded. This is not dissimilar to the stats before the Everton game, so it may be another dour encounter.


AFCB have more percentage possession at 50%, with C Palace at about 40%. Palace have been good at set pieces, creating more chances and conceding less chances from dead-ball situations.


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