From East London against West Ham, our next Premier League game is fifteen miles away at Selhurst Park in South East London, where we visit Crystal Palace.
AFCB did quite well away from home last season against the five London clubs, winning three and losing two games. This season we lost our first away game in London, let`s hope we get a better result at Palace.
Crystal Palace lost the services of Yannick Bolasie who has moved to Everton for £28 million, also Dwight Gayle to Newcastle United for £10million, Alex McCarthy moved to Saints for£4 million and Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa for £4 million.
They have paid a club record fee to bring in Liverpool striker Christian Benteke for a reported fee of £32 million, this beats their previous record when they recently paid Newcastle United £13 million for Andros Townsend. Two other players who have come in are James Tomkins a defender from West Ham for £10 million and French International goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Marseille for an undisclosed fee.
Crystal Palace have had a similar start to the Cherries, sitting one place above us in the table. They lost their two opening Premier League games. First at home they lost 1-0 to West Brom and then they had the short visit to Tottenham, again losing by 1-0.
On Tuesday Night in the second round of the League Cup, they were hosts to Blackpool from the second division, Palace fielded a strong side including Benteke who played 45 minutes, Palace won 2-0.
Crystal Palace Team News:
Wilfried Zaha is reported as being a transfer target for Spurs, but an offer for the player has been turned down, according to Alan Pardew he will be in the squad tomorrow. Palace are being linked with Santos attacking midfield player Lucas Lima. They are also hoping to sign a player ahead of Saturday`s game or before the transfer deadline. The only doubts are Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey if they will be fit in time for Saturday.
Player to watch: Christian Benteke
I suppose all eyes will be on Christian Benteke to see if he can start repaying his large transfer fee with a goal or two against us, his aerial power could be a problem for us as we concede a number of goals from crosses into the box. He probably isn`t back to 100% match fitness yet, but could still cause us problems.
Two other important players just coming back for Palace are Johan Cabaye and James McArthur in midfield, they are the engine room of the side and have been missed.
Wilfried Zaha is another very good player, but with the transfer speculation surrounding Spurs will his thoughts be fully concentrated on the game if picked?
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Harry Arter is available again, but will Eddie Howe pick him or maybe start him on the bench? After our win against Morecambe, one or two players may have done enough to earn a starting place on Saturday. Young Lys Mousset shone in his short time on the pitch against Morecambe, so might just have got himself a place on the bench. At Eddie Howe`s press conference he mentioned the Cherries fans will need to be patient and give Jordan Ibe time to settle before we could see the very best from him.
Player to watch: Maxi Gradel
Unused sub against West Ham but started against Morecambe, Max Gradel made a quick impression with an early goal to put the Cherries in the lead and will probably start against Crystal Palace, he will be wanting to prove the left wing spot should be his.
Match Facts & Stats
Last season at Selhurst Park AFCB came away with all three points in a 2-1 win, our goals coming from Marc Pugh and Benik Afobe. The game at Dean Court finished in a goalless draw.
In our away games in the league against them over the years, we have won 7, drawn 7 and lost 19. In all our games AFCB have won 28 drawn 16 and lost 22.