Written by billythekid
Our last game was back in February and against the runaway leaders Liverpool at Anfield, a game we lost 2-1. The Cherries took an early lead through Callum Wilson, but Liverpool came back with two first-half goals from Salah and Mane.
Then the rest will be written into the history books as the World was hit by a deadly virus that has caused large numbers of fatalities and cases across the globe. Amongst the casualties has been sport and our own football in this country as it was needed to bring in a lockdown that meant people had to stay in their own homes.
The outcome of this has been any football that will be played will be behind closed doors without any fans present. This will be on a home and away basis for the remaining nine games in the Cherries case, it has been reported that all these games will be televised live. AFCB are presently sitting in a relegation place and these last nine games will be very important for them to retain their Premier League place for next season.
Our first game will be at home against Crystal Palace, this will be the first Premier League game to be showed live on the BBC. Before this long break to football, Palace won their last three games 1-0, 0-1, 1-0. But at the time our side had been showing good form and had been unlucky not to have had more points. This will probably feel strange to both sides playing a competitive game with NO supporters in the ground. Time will tell if this will make any difference to the home side not having the majority of fans on their side and losing any home advantage. Also, it will be interesting after the long break which is about the time off between seasons, most of that time the players were in lockdown like the rest of the country and had to keep themselves fit under those conditions. They have been back training and had some inter-club friendlies behind closed doors, but not a full competitive game since the away game at Anfield against Liverpool. As with opening games of the new season, we may see some surprising results.
The Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson signed a year extension to his contract which was due to end at the end of the season. In the January transfer window, Palace signed Cenk Tosun a striker on loan from Everton. Since our last meeting back in December, away from home, the Eagles have won 1 game (Brighton), they have drawn 4 and lost 2. At home, they have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 2.
At Dean Court our encounters with Palace so far in the Premier League have been close games, the Cherries have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1.
In all league games against Palace at Dean Court, AFCB have Won 22, Drawn 10, Lost 4. In all league games, AFCB have Won 29, Drawn 19, Lost 25.
AFCB v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace Win
AFCB Team News
With the break for Coronavirus, it has meant several players missing are now available. Still out is Charlie Daniels, but he has started training outside which is good news. The only other reported player with an ankle injury is Philip Billing, hopefully, he will be available for selection.
AFCB Player To Watch
With the time he has been missing and a player the team have badly missed, it will be good to see David Brooks back playing again.
Crystal Palace Team News
They have a clean bill of health.
Crystal Palace Player To Watch
Jordan Ayew has scored 8 goals this season for a team who have not scored more than two goals in a game. More importantly, he has scored the only goals in their last two wins by the only goal. Wilfried Zaha has 3 goals and 3 assists this season and is always a player to watch and causes defenders problems.
Kev 1964 wrote…
I know it goes without saying but let’s win this and win well, let’s get out of that bottom Three, fed up looking at the table.
But if Watford loses by more than one on Saturday lunchtime we will be out of the drop zone by the time we kick-off COYR – Join the conversation, click here.