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Crystal Palace managed to lift themselves up from the bottom place in the points table after their 0-0 draw against West Brom in the previous round of the Premier League. Roy Hodgson has surely made an impact at the club and he will hope for a better result this weekend when they welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side to the Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The Cherries were held to a draw by Southampton in their previous game and are just 5 points above Palace, who can slowly start to move out of the drop zone with a victory in this game.
In early team news, the likes of Wayne Hennessey, James Tomkins, Connor Wickham and Damien Delaney are definitely ruled out for this clash. Scott Dann and Yohan Cabaye are back in training and might play a role in this game. Scott Dann missed the previous game with an illness but could be back in the starting XI this time.
With Hennessey out injured, Speroni, who put in a decent shift in the previous game, is expected to keep his place under the bar.
The first choice right-back for Hodgson, Ward has been consistent this season and should start this game in his usual role.
Missed the last game with a niggle but is back in training and should be restored to the starting XI.
The former Liverpool man scored Palace’s last goal, three games ago and has been solid at the back. He should partner Dann, in Hodgson’s strongest CB pairing.
Though Van Aanholt has been effective, Schlupp has been in good form on the wing and is expected to retain his place at left-back.
The on-loan Chelsea youngster has been Palace’s most creative midfielder this season and will need special attention from Cherries’ defenders.
Adding some industry to the midfield should be McArthur, who was instrumental in the last two games that ended in a draw for the Eagles.
The Serbian international is Hodgson’s first choice in the midfield and he adds a balance to the side that can help Palace beat Bournemouth this weekend.
Townsend was effective as a part of the two-man attack but with Benteke back, he is expected to move back to the wing, like in the previous outing.
Zaha remains Palace’s best attacker this season and will be the danger man for the hosts, in the final third.
Had an eventful outing against the Baggies in the previous round and will hope to add goals to his game.