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Surprisingly, AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have only ever met in the league, 64 times in fact.
Back in 1989 the Cherries were top dogs winning both home and away. November 1988 saw the mighty Cherries pull off a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Trevor Aylott and Mark O’Connor. The return fixture in March 1989 saw the Cherries complete a league double as they ran out 3-2 winners.Thank you Crystal Palace, thank you very much. O’Connor was on the scoresheet again along with big John Williams and little Richard Cooke.
Not sure if Palace’s current manager Alan Pardew was in the team but he was a Crystal Palace player at the time.
The previous season (1987/88) saw the Cherries lose twice in the old Division 2, a 3-0 thrashing at Selhurst park and a 3-2 loss at Dean Court with goals from John Williams and Sean o’Drisicoll. Previous to this it was the 1974/75 season when the two teams met, both scoring 4 goals in the home fixtures. The 4-0 victory at Dean Court saw Howard, Goddard (2) and Payne score.
These 4 games make up a small proportion of the 64 games the Cherries played. All the remaining games coming during the 1963/64 season and before with the first match way back in the 1925/26 season. The away fixture in Dec 1925 saw the Cherries lose 3-1, but revenge was ours in the return fixture as the Cherries crushed Palace 6-1.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH THE TEAM IN FORM
The form guide suggests that both teams are in very good form with the Cherries winning their last three and unbeaten in five while Palace have picked up 10 points in four games and have only lost once in the last five. Palace’s away form home is good and they are not in the top 6 by luck. But our recent home form is good, so it all points to honours being even. The result could easily be tipped by who had the least brussel sprouts and turkey on Xmas Day.
PALACE, PALACE WHAT’S THE SCORE?
Making a score prediction is never easy. Well it is easy, but we generally get it wrong. You can say the first thing that comes into your head. We think it will be a very difficult game and with injuries to recent goalscorers Stanislas and King goals might be difficult to come by. However, we do have Palace old boy Glenn Murray up front and we think he is almost guaranteed to score. For this very reason we think we can restrict Palace to a single goal making it a 1-1 draw. I often say this and I am almost always wrong.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
We know what we think the score might be. But what do you think? Will the Cherries get a fourth victory in a row or will they get an honourable draw? We dont talk about defeat. This is not an option.
THE SOUTH END HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE CREW AT PALACE FAN SITE THE EAGLES BEAK TO TALK GLENN MURRAY AND SCORE PREDICTIONS. A BIG THANKS TO ALL AT TEB. YOU CAN FOLLOW THEM AT @theeaglesbeak
Q. AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have met over 60 times but the last
time was over 25 years ago. What does the average Crystal Palace fan know
about us? What do they think of us so far this season?
You have made plenty of friends this season which has a lot to do with the
rise from the brink you have experienced. We can relate to that more than
most with our chequered financial history. It has been an incredible story
particularly in this day and age when it looked near on impossible for such
teams to recover from such depths to secure top flight status. This season
you have been desparately unlucky with injury which has been much publicised
but it has been a joy to see how the club have reacted and just got on with
it. You also have a fan favourite in Glenn Murray who will always be fondly
remember by Palace fans, some even suggest we should never have sold him. I
am sure I am not alone in hoping that you stay up this season as the Premier
League will be a poorer place without you.
Q. Newly promoted teams are often seen as easy fodder, but this season teams
seem to be more evenly matched. Do you think the win is yours? What’s the
score going to be?
This season more than most, nothing can be taken for granted. You only have
to look at the fixtures so far to realise that so no, we are not silly
enough to think that we just need to turn up for the win. It is a difficult
game particularly in view of your recent form and at the time of writing
this piece, we could be missing a couple of influential players through
injury. The Mansion Derby will be an interesting match up. If we are full
strength then I predict a tight 2-1 win, if not then I’ll take a draw. Not
sure though quite how to react should Glenn Murray score against us!
Q. Which AFC Bournemouth player do you think would/could/might get into the Crystal Palace matchday squad? Or, which one would you like in your squad?
Glenn Murray. I have to say that, I would be failing all Palace fans if I
did not as I know what he can do, we have seen it so many times.
Q. Where do you expect Crystal Palace to finish this season and do you think you will be playing us again next season?
Yes, I like to think we will be playing you again next season in the Premier
League but it will be a close run thing come the end of the season. As for
us, I am expecting us to improve on last season and finish 8th.
Q. Eddie Howe is a much admired manager. Would you be happy to have him
replace Alan Pardew when he leaves?
I believe we have been in for him before but yes, I think he would be a
solid appointment should Pardew move on to pastures new but I am sure you
will understand my reasons for saying that I hope that day is not for a long