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The Cherries and Crystal Palace have only ever met in the league, 65 times in fact.
A quick peek at our head to head record and the Cherries come out on top. But, history means nothing when looking to win the next game. It’s what’s been happening recently that matters, but again the Cherries come out on top. But, Palace now have the striking talents of Mr Abedayor who invariably scores on his debut. Let’s hope after such a long time on the sidelines he has forgotten how to score.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH THE TEAM IN FORM
A look at the form guide suggests that there is only one team who are going to win. Palace have only picked up a single point since last playing the Cherries at Xmas. In contrast AFC Bournemouth have managed to get a win, two wins and two losses in the same time period. But we all know that a team has to turn around a losing streak at some point and if Palace can reploicate their FA Cup form then it will be a very tough evening for us.
PALACE, PALACE WHAT’S THE SCORE?
Making a score prediction is never easy. Well it is easy, but we generally get it wrong. Palace are out of form, while we are blowing warm and cold. We are putting our AFC Bournemouth blinkers on and going for a 2-1 victory with Afobe to net again and Grabban to get in on the act.
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Its been six weeks since we last met? How would you sum up Palace’s progress since that Boxing Day meeting at Dean Court?
Pretty poor if I am honest but saying that our expectations have been that much higher after such a great start to the season. We have lost form combined with injuries to key players. We have saved our best form for the FA Cup having seen off both Southampton and Stoke City. The result against Spurs was perhaps a little flattering to them as that is the best we have played for several games. We took that into the Stoke game and again we performed well so there are signs we are discovering some kind of form. The fixture list for January was not kind having to play Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs but there was no excuse for what happened at Villa.
Surely at home you must think you have a very good of getting something from the game. What’s the score going to be?
The form guide is against us and having looked online a lot of popular statistical sites are predicting an away win in this one. Being an underdog suits us much better and as I alluded to in the first question, we are showing sides of finding our form. The month of February has a few winnable games and you really have to win your home fixtures. I am predicting a narrow 2-1 home win.
Adebayor recently signed for Palace. What are your thoughts on the ex-Arsenal, Man City and Spurs employee?
Have to say, I was not convinced when we were first rumoured to be in for him but the more I read about him and the deal he has signed makes it a no brainer for me. We had a fingers burnt with Patrick Bamford, a deal that simply did not work out. Adebayor has a proven goal scoring record at some of the top clubs in the world. It remains to be seen how fit he is but I am hearing good things already so I am looking forward to seeing if he can give us some kind of goal threat particularly in the absence of Connor Wickham.
Is there anyone in the AFC Bournemouth squad you would recommend to Alan Pardew?
Glenn Murray? Ha ha! That one was for the Palace fans that simply cannot let go but we have missed a goal scoring threat and he gave us that last season. Afobe has hit the ground running for you since he joined but Adam Smith has impressed me this season having watched a few of your games.
Where do you expect Crystal Palace to finish this season and do you think you will be playing us again next season?
We are on course for a top ten finish, anywhere higher than 10th where we ended last season will be a success and perhaps a cup run now that we are into the fifth round. Yes, I think we will see each other next season. Eddie Howe has something special going on down on the South Coast and there is enough to suggest that the Cherries will survive this season.