After the weekend`s Big Garden Birdwatch, we have a congress of ‘Eagles` on the Dean Court plush green playing surface on Tuesday night, just hope they don`t go home with any easy pickings.
Alan Pardew was the Crystal Palace manager for all our Premier League games against them, he has now left the Eagles. He has been replaced by Sam Allardyce, who is back in club football after his short stint as England manager. He brings his Crystal Palace side to our ground for his sixth Premier League game in charge, which so far hasn`t been very successful. His first game in charge saw them draw away at Watford, then followed four defeats.
Allardyce made his first signing in the January transfer window, bringing in Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City for £12.5 million, Schlupp`s opportunities were limited. Palace should have least one more player available to them before our game with the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from his old club Sunderland for a fee of £14 million.
Crystal Palace are at present in a relegation place in the Premier League and yet to pick up a point this year. This season so far away from home Palace have won 2, drawn 3 and lost 6. Their two victories were both in the North East, at Middlesbrough and Sunderland last September. At home their record is worse, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 8 times. Their home victories were against Stoke City and Southampton.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Simon Francis is available again after his three match suspension. Another player who could be available if Eddie`s needs him is Max Gradel, his team the Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations. AFCB may have another new goalkeeper before deadline time if Chelsea find a replacement, but may be too late for this game
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere on top form against Watford, need him in that form in midfield to try and get us our first win this year.
Crystal Palace Team News:
They will have both Wilfried Saha and Bakary Sako available for selection again after their return from the Africa Cup of Nations. It has been reported that Spurs may make a bid for Saha before the January transfer window closes. Andros Townsend may be in line for a swap deal with Newcastle, with possibly Mbemba of Newcastle going to Palace. New signing Jeffrey Schlupp was injured in the 0-3 defeat against Manchester City in the FA Cup and is likely to be sidelined for a while. There a few players out injured, including captain Scott Dann but he may be available for Tuesday.
Player to watch: Christian Benteke
With our weakness defending crosses into our box, Christian Benteke will be a big threat to us. Another player will be Wilfried Saha who could start in this game (depending on transfer deadline) after his return from International duty.
Match Facts & Stats
So far we have played Palace three times in the Premier League, last season we won at their ground and drew 0-0 at Dean Court. In the first month of this season we drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park. We have a good record against them at Dean Court, winning 21, drawing 9 and losing 3. In all our league games AFCB have won 28, drawn 17 and lost 22.