Looking to continue on what has been a stunning late European charge, a resurging Crystal Palace will make the trip to relegation scrappers Bournemouth in what could be a cagey encounter on the South Coast on Saturday afternoon.
Picking up yet another 1-0 win over Watford last weekend and extending their Premier League winning run to three matches on the bounce, the South London outfit find only their goal difference keeping them out of the top half of the table thanks to their best run of the season so far.
On the flip side, while Bournemouth may have put in a spirited display away at Anfield last weekend, their 2-1 defeat on the road the finds Cherries still in the midst of a real struggle.
Losing three of their last four Premier League outings and collecting just a single point out of a possible 12 over the past month, Eddie Howe’s men also hold a worrying record against Saturday’s guests.
Including a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park earlier in the season, Bournemouth have suffered back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and you might be interested to know that another victory for the Eagles can be found priced at 15/8 with Coral for this weekend.
Howe’s defensive headache
Although Eddie Howe may have been the first to praise his side’s performance at Anfield last weekend, Bournemouth could only muster a 2-1 defeat on the road and still find themselves in the midst of a real relegation scrap.
Losing three of their last four Premier League appearances, including back-to-back defeats against Sheffield United and Burnley last month, the Cherries have once again dropped into the bottom three and are priced at 4/5 with Coral to be hit with the drop this season.
Despite creating some clear cut chances away at the soon to be champions, Howe saw his side make some crucial mistakes at the back once again and it is no surprise that a huge part of Bournemouth’s recent issues has been down to their defensive problems.
Without a Premier League clean sheet since the 14th of December, Saturday’s hosts have now shipped at least a pair of goals in each of their last four matches on the bounce and have conceded over 1.5 goals in three of their last five appearances at the Vitality.
You might be interested to know that Howe’s side can be found priced at 2/1 with Bet365 to ship two or more goals on the South Coast this weekend.
The Eagles flying high
Putting in another rugged display in their 1-0 over Watford last weekend, Roy Hodgson’s men have won their last three Premier League matches on the bounce and are in the midst of their most fruitful run of the season so far.
With only their goal difference stopping them from breaking into the top half of the table and collecting nine points out of possible nine, Palace have also lost just a sole matchup away from Selhurst Park since the 21st of December.
Along with leading marksman Jordan Ayew finding the net in back-to-back Premier League appearances, the former England boss will be hugely excited by his side’s continued performances at the back.
Recording another clean sheet against the Hornets last weekend, Palace have now recorded three clean sheets on the bounce and have not picked the ball out of their own net in over 270 minutes of top-flight action.
In the midst of their best defensive run of the season so far, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s guests can be found priced as high as 5/2 with Paddy Power to record four clean sheets on the bounce this weekend.