Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth
|Date & Time||Saturday December 26, 2015, 10:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Bournemouth 7/5 Draw 23/10 Crystal Palace 2/1
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Action from the Vitality Stadium on Saturday will see Bournemouth , winners of three straight, host Crystal Palace , unbeaten in their last four, in what should be a really good match up. Bournemouth looked destined for relegation only three weeks ago but three wins on the bounce has seen them leap up the Premier League table. With Murray, Smith, King and Stanislas all getting in on the scoring act of late Eddie Howe's side's hard work has paid off. But to break down those wins a little more there has been a major element of luck in at least two. They were outplayed against both Manchester United and Chelsea but got some luck and took their chances. Against West Brom the baggies were down to ten men early and therefore the fact that it took a late own goal to get the win for Bournemouth maybe provides a few more question marks.
Crystal Palace were excellent last week in their win over a tough Stoke side, that followed an impressive home display against Southampton. This is a Palace team that is pushing for European football and may even challenge for a Champions League spot. Alan Pardew is a tactically shrewd manager and seems to have been able to plan for nearly every team to a point. I think that this game will be no different. With Bolasie, Zaha and Puncheon there are game winners in Crystal Palace's team and for me this is one of the best counter attacking teams in the league with a really good defence that are very hard to break down.
I'm going to take the visitors here I think Palace are one of the better teams in the league and although Bournemouth have won three in a row i'm not covinced this team has enough goals to save itself but we will see over the course of the season.