Written by billythekid
Saturday saw our first ever League win against Spurs. Last game of the season at Dean Court, where a late injury-time winner from Ryan Fraser’s corner allowed Nathan Ake to find a gap in the Spurs defence to head the ball into the far corner of the net against the 9 man Spurs side. The FA Cup win in 1957 is well documented. The Cherries now move on to our last game of the season which is against a Crystal Palace (the Eagles) side who have had much better form away from home than at Selhurst Park. AFCB, on the other hand, have a poor away record this season. So taking in those stats we could be looking at an end of season draw. This would make a hat-trick of draws in our last three visits to Selhurst Park.
In the January transfer window, Palace signed three players, winger Bakary Sako from West Brom until the end of the season on a short-term contract. Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri from Sao Paolo until the end of the season on loan. Striker Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea.
Since our last game in October at Dean Court against Palace which we won 2-1, they lost their next two games. First at home against Wolves 0-1 and then away against Everton 2-0. They broke their sequence of three defeats in a row with a 2-2 draw at home at Selhurst Park against another London club Arsenal.
November Palace started with two defeats both against London clubs. Away at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea 3-1 and then at home by the only goal against Spurs. The last game of the month was away up in Manchester against United, it finished 0-0.
December started with a home win against Burnley 2-0. This was followed with two away defeats, against arch-rivals Brighton 3-1 and at the London Stadium 3-2 against West Ham. The next two games saw an upturn in Crystal Palace’s fortunes with two wins. At Selhurst Park 1-0 against Leicester City and a big scalp up in Manchester beating City 2-3. The next two games were both at home, drawing 0-0 with Cardiff City, this was the half way stage of the season and the Eagles were 14th in the table on 19 points, 7 points behind AFCB in 12th place. The last game of the month and year was against Chelsea which finished 0-1.
January started with a trip to the Black Country, Palace went home with all 3 points beating Wolves 0-2. The next game at home ended with a 1-2 defeat against Watford. They then travelled up to Merseyside to the Red part of the City to face Liverpool, in a game with seven goals, Palace lost 4-3.
They ended the month with the short trip to Southampton in a game that finished in a 1-1 draw.
February started off well, the Eagles with two home games against fellow London clubs. The first visitors were Fulham, Palace beat them 2-0. Next was the visit of West Ham, both clubs shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. This was followed with a trip to Leicester, Palace won 1-4. The last game of the month at home ended in a 1-3 defeat against Manchester United.
The first game in March was a trip up North to play Burnley, Crystal Palace returned home with all three points having won 1-3. Old rivals Brighton were the visitors to Selhurst Park and the Seasiders returned home having completed the double in a 1-2 victory. The last game of March was at home and it ended with a 2-0 win against struggling Huddersfield Town.
April was a topsy turvy month for Palace, the first game was at the opening ceremony of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs won 2-0. Palace then had an away game up in the North East against Newcastle United, Palace won with the only goal of the game. Back at Selhurst Park, the visitors were Manchester City, City won 1-3. Next Palace were away against Arsenal and won 2-3. Last game of the month ended with a 0-0 draw at home against Everton.
The only game in May so far was in Wales and it saw Palace relegate Cardiff City in a 2-3 win.
Last season’s visit to Selhurst Park by AFCB, probably had two memorable moments, first Jermain Defoe’s injury-time goal in the first half to make the scores level, with a dipping half-volley, this was his second goal of the game. The second one was when Christian Benteke took the injury-time penalty and it was weak and easily saved by Asmir Begovic, this didn’t go down well with his manager, as he wasn’t the appointed penalty taker. If the penalty had been converted, it would have given Palace all three points instead of just the one and lifted them off the bottom of the table.
In all our away league games against the Eagles, AFCB have Won 7, Drawn 9 and Lost 19. In all competitions, AFCB have Won 29, Drawn 19 and Lost 23.
Six Game Form Guide in the Premier League – Starting with the latest game first:
Crystal Palace WDWLWL- AFCB WDLWLL
Home Form Table
Crystal Palace – 19th P18 W4 D5 L9 GF14 GA20 Pts17
Away Form Table
AFCB – 15th P18 W5 D1 L12 GF23 GA40 Pts16
Crystal Palace Team News
Three players who will miss this game are Jeffrey Schlupp with an ankle injury, James Tomkins with a groin injury and Mamadou Sakho with a knee injury. Christian Benteke out with a face injury could be back for this last game of the season.
Crystal Palace Player To Watch
At home Luka Milivojevic has scored 7 goals of which 5 were penalties, Zaha has scored 1, out of the 14 home goals they have scored. Zaha has scored 9 goals away from Selhurst Park. Zaha was in great form against Cardiff. Milivojevic is the club’s leading scorer with 12 this season.
AFCB Team News
Players who have been missing are Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels who have both had operations on their knees. Diego Rico with an ankle injury, Andrew Surman with a calf strain, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook with ACL knee injuries. Players who may be available are Dan Gosling been out with a calf injury, David Brooks with an ankle injury and Dominic Solanke with a thigh injury.
AFCB Player To Watch
We are more of a team than one individual player. But will go for the partnership of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson who have built up an understanding together this season.
The referee is Roger East.
We had him at home against Huddersfield, Chelsea and Wolves.