Monday Night Football comes from the south coast as Bournemouth take on Crystal Palace. Tom Carnduff looks at the betting.
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Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (Vitality Stadium, 2000 BST, Sky Sports Football)
It's a game between two sides with great home and away form, setting up a potentially real entertaining encounter on Monday night football.
Bournemouth have picked up seven points from a possible nine in front of their own fans, while that record stands at six points for Palace on the road.
The Cherries' ten points from six games puts them in ninth in the standings, three points clear of Palace in 12th.
The biggest contrast though, comes in goals for and against with Bournemouth seeing significantly more than their opposition.
Palace's four goals scored in the joint-second lowest in the top-flight, while their six conceded makes them the joint-best defensive record out of any side outside of the top-six.
All of their goals for have come away from home though, which could set up the potential for a high-scoring game. Especially when you factor in that 80% of the goals Bournemouth have scored have come at this venue.
Score prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace (Sky Bet odds: 17/2)
All of Palace's goals this season have come away from Selhurst Park, so they are equipped to find the net here. The hosts are a strong side in front of their own fans, boasting the seventh-best record in the league despite playing one game less than those above them. The net should be struck on more than one occasion, with Bournemouth just edging it.
Goalscorer: Ryan Fraser anytime at 4/1
The 24-year-old is Bournemouth's top goalscorer this season with four, assisting a further two. All of those strikes have come at home and he'll be looking to add to his tally here. Despite playing on the left-wing, his eleven shots on goal highlight how he isn't afraid to try and find the net when the opportunity presents itself.
Fraser is our goalscorer choice in a game that should see the net hit more than once. The referee for this one is Mike Dean who is known to be on the stricter side and adding in nine or more corners rounds this up to a decent-looking 14/1 RequestABet.
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace Opta facts
- Bournemouth have won just once in six previous Premier League matches against Crystal Palace (W1 D4 L1), winning 2-1 at Selhurst Park in February 2016.
- Crystal Palace have lost just once in their last five away league games against Bournemouth (W2 D2 L1), this after losing nine of their previous 10 visits there (D1).
- The away side has opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League meetings between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, but have only gone on to win once (D3).
- Crystal Palace are currently on 99 Premier League wins and could become the 22nd side to reach 100 in the competition.
- Bournemouth have never won a Premier League game on a Monday (D1 L4), with their last such game against Brighton in January being the only time they’ve scored in such a fixture (2-2).
- Crystal Palace have earned six points from their three Premier League away games this season (W2 D0 L1) – it took them 10 away games to earn the same number in 2017-18 (W1 D3 L6).
- Crystal Palace have won three of their last four Premier League away games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 20 combined (W3 D6 L11).
- Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last four Premier League home games, winning three and drawing one.
- Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has had a hand in five goals in his last four Premier League games at the Vitality Stadium (4 goals, 1 assist).
- Wilfried Zaha has scored in all three of Crystal Palace’s away league games so far this season – he’s scored 75% of the Eagles’ goals in the Premier League this season (3/4).