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Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth – Match Preview

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is expected to give new signing Emmanuel Adebayor his debut on Tuesday.

However, Yohan Cabaye is doubtful after injuring his ankle against Stoke, while Joe Ledley has been ruled out after picking up an injury in the same game.

Bournemouth have no fresh injury worries after the win over Portsmouth.

Captain Tommy Elphick came through that match unscathed after four months out but midfielder Junior Stanislas is still missing with a knee problem.

Editor’s Note: Crystal Palace have finally got a new Striker and he looks set to be unleashed on Bournemouth this Evening. Emmanuel Adebayor has joined on a short term deal until the end of the season with a view to an extended contract there after but to do that he’s got to earn that £65k a week and do what Palace have really struggled to do as of late. Score Goals.

Last time out in the League they had to rely on Jan Vertonghen to find them net for them to break their scoring drought that was before Dele Alli scored a wonder goal to put Spurs ahead and then Nacer Chadli secured all 3 points in what was a pulsating London Derby which could have gone either way and were it not for Hugo Lloris and the Spurs woodwork then Alan Pardew’s side may well have taken all 3 points

In that game Connor Wickham gave Jan Vertonghen a close up of his elbow, it wasn’t spotted at the time but unfortunately for Wickham it was spotted by the Television cameras and The F.A. didn’t hesitate to dish out a 3 game ban for Wickham so he won’t feature in Tonight’s encounter against Bournemouth.

On Saturday Palace tasted Cup success over Stoke thanks to a Wilifred Zaha winner and they now get a chance to avenge that Tottenham defeat from last month as they have been paired together in the 5th Round of the Cup. That win would have been a nice break from their League form which has seen them go 6 matches without a win and they haven’t tasted League success since December 19th of last year.

The Eagles find themselves in 11th and all the talk of a European spot has all but evaporated along with their League form, the lack of goals has really been their downfall over the past 6 weeks or so but hopefully for them the signing of Adebayor will rectify that.

Tonight Adebayor and his new team mates will play host to a Bournemouth side who also tasted Cup success at the Weekend as they got the better of local rivals Portsmouth but were made to work for their 2-1 win and needed a Marc Pugh header to make sure they progressed to the 5th Round unscathed.

Eddie Howe’s men have got a bit of a safety net from the drop zone at the moment as they are 4 points clear of Newcastle but they have only managed to win once in the last 6 matches so they could really do with a win to make sure a very transfer window active Magpies side don’t start to pull Bournemouth closer to the bottom 3

Last time out in the League Bournemouth drew 1-1 with Sunderland, a point that was probably more useful for Bournemouth than it was Sunderland. Bournemouth will be pinning their hopes on relative Benik Afobe, he signed for £10m at the beginning of January and has already managed to find the net in the Red and Black of Bournemouth but Howe will be hoping his goals play a large part in keeping the Premier League new boys up this season

Tonight I think will be quite a tight affair, Bournemouth will be happy with a point on the road for the second time in a row whereas Palace will be just be happy for a Goal from Adebayor. I reckon this one will be a low scoring draw. Points shared.

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