Bournemouth v Crystal Palace team news & stats

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2015 2:18

Yohan Cabaye: A doubt for Crystal Palace ahead of Bournemouth game

Yohan Cabaye: A doubt for Crystal Palace ahead of Bournemouth game

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth will meet for the first time since 1989 on Boxing Day, with Yohan Cabaye a doubt for the hosts.

Team news

Bournemouth will be without Junior Stanislas and Josh King due to hamstring injuries, but Lee Tomlin could be fit despite recent groin and pelvis injuries.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, give Yohan Cabaye a 50-50 chance of returning from the heel injury which saw him miss last weekend’s win at Stoke City.

Mile Jedinak is fit to return, but Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako miss out, while Alan Pardew says there are other unnamed players nursing knocks ahead of the game.

Opta stats

  • Crystal Palace and Bournemouth have not met in a competitive fixture since March 1989.
  • The last 10 league meetings between the Cherries and the Eagles have seen both sides win five matches apiece.
  • Bournemouth have lost only one of their last eight Boxing Day matches (W5 D2 L1) in a run that saw two matches in the fourth tier, four in the third and two in the Championship.
  • Crystal Palace have lost three of their last four league matches played on Boxing Day (W1).
  • Bournemouth have won three successive league games and will be looking to win four in a row for the first time since December 2014 (five wins in a row).
  • Crystal Palace have won 35 away points in 2015 so far (W11 D2 L4) – only Arsenal (38) have won more on the road this calendar year in the Premier League.
  • Bournemouth have conceded a league-high 12 goals from set-piece situations so far in 2015-16.
  • Crystal Palace have scored a league-high 11 goals from set-piece situations in the Premier League so far in 2015-16.
  • Glenn Murray played 113 league games for Crystal Palace between August 2012 and August 2015, scoring 44 goals (more than any other Eagles’ player in that timespan).
  • Bournemouth have seen their opponents pick up five red cards this season in the Premier League; more than any other side.

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