It’s been yet another thrilling week of English Premier League action, with some big-time upsets and stunning goals. And though many of the games are often resigned to solely weekend action, we’ll be treated to a 1st of October Monday afternoon treat as Bournemouth hosts Crystal Palace.
A win for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth would move the Cherries into a tie for sixth place in the table, while a win for Roy Hodgson’s Palace would see the Eagles vault into the top half of the standings. The stakes are high, and with both of these teams often gunning for goals and prioritizing offense-first, it should make for quite the thrilling affair.
The EPL results have been good to us so far this campaign, and we’ll look to end off Matchweek 7 with another solid wager. Read on below for a tactical breakdown and match prediction as Crystal Palace takes on Bournemouth.
Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+235)
Over 2.5 (-125)
Under 2.5 (+105)
Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace Pick:
The Cherries have won three of their first six contests and Eddie Howe’s squad has done this in exemplary fashion. They play an attractive brand of football and really force the issue in terms of their attack. Though they did have a relatively quiet off-season and didn’t do all that much in terms of the transfer window, the squad is quite familiar with each other and its led to some immediate success.
For Palace, they too have immense talent and skill, but they have been wildly inconsistent. They’re capable of great matches, but then they can also be plagued by duds – as was seen last time out as they hosted lowly Newcastle United. On the road, Palace are noticeably worse – and making things tougher is the fact that the Eagles will definitely be out their big striker up top in Christian Benteke. Though the large Belgian target man has been lackluster for the most part this season, he still can hold the ball up well and attract a ton of attention from opposing defenders inside the area. Without him, Palace might find offense harder to come by and Wilfried Zaha will have to do more of it on his own.
For Bournemouth, it’s believed that Charlie Daniels and Dan Gosling will both miss out in this contest, making them particularly thin in terms of having a natural left-back. That could be bad news for the Cherries, as many of Zaha’s brilliant runs come down the right flank. Along with Andros Townsend on the other side, and German star Max Meyer finally set to start in the midfield, it’ll be tough to keep this Palace attack down.
While I can’t see the Eagles waltzing into the Vitality Stadium and leaving with a victory, I do think Palace will score and should be able to generate a ton of chances. That said, the Cherries’ style is all about attacking football, and playing under the lights and being at home should only energize the speedy forward duo of the Cherries in Josh King and Callum Wilson. Both should be able to find the back of the net, and as a result I foresee lots of chances and at least three goals on Monday evening.
PICK = Over 2.5 Goals (-125)