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A. Townsend
W. Zaha
5 - 3
J. King
C. Mepham
4 - 3
P. van Aanholt
W. Zaha
4 - 2
J. Ibe
A. Smith
3 - 2
J. Lerma
N. Clyne
3 - 1

Match Stats

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 8
Total Passes 429 517
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And that wraps up our coverage. We hope you enjoyed our commentary throughout the 2018-19 season, and until next time, goodbye!
What a match! While both sets of fans and their respective managers would have been on tenterhooks throughout the second half, the neutrals enjoyed a goal-fest at Selhurst Park thanks to some shoddy defending and quality counter-attacking, particularly by a purposeful home side! Hodgson’s Palace finally win a home game for the first time in almost two months with some swashbuckling offensive football, but Howe’s Bournemouth did not make it easy for them as Lerma’s goal just before half-time seemed to have galvanised the visitors, resulting in a closer game than what was anticipated when the Eagles were 3-0 up. Palace’s victory ensures that they nab 12th spot with 49 points, while the Cherries slip down to 14th with 45 points in a disappointing end to the season for the men from the south coast.
90' + 6' SURRIDGE MISSES A SITTER! The Bournemouth substitute blows his chances of reducing the goal deficit for his side after being put through in the box by Ake only for his tame effort to go straight at Guaita!
90' + 4' Smith and Sako battle for the ball, and it is the former who wins a free-kick off of the latter following some combative play by the Eagles substitute.
L. Dreher
A. Townsend
90' + 3' A proud moment for Dreher, who comes on for Townsend in his Premier League debut as Hodgson makes his final change of the match.
90' + 2' Milivojevic stays down and is being looked at by the club medic, who is tentatively looking at the Palace skipper’s foot with not long left before the final whistle.
90' There will be five minutes of added time to be played.
C. Wickham
M. Batshuayi
89' Hodgson also makes a substitution, denying Batshuayi a hattrick as the forward comes off for Wickham.
S. Surridge
N. Clyne
89' Howe makes his final change by hooking Clyne off for Surridge.
B. Sako
W. Zaha
87' Zaha comes off to a standing ovation, as Sako comes on for the winger in what is undoubtedly a defensive substitution from Hodgson.
85' Van Aanholt’s cross fails to find a teammate after another quick Palace breakaway, much to Batshuayi’s frustration as he continues to chase his hattrick.
83' When playing their final game of a top-flight season at home, Crystal Palace have never lost, winning five and drawing two of their seven such games. They are on course to continue that run.
W. Zaha
80' Some excellent solo counter-attacking from Zaha, who skips past a couple of Bournemouth players before feeding Townsend for this match’s eighth goal and Palace’s fifth!
A. Townsend
80' GOOOOAAALLLLL!! TOWNSEND MAKES IT 5-3!! Not long after Zaha’s booking, the winger drives past Clyne and Lerma and finds Townsend in space in the box, and the latter manages to slot it first time past Travers for an easy finish!
W. Zaha
Yellow Card
79' Referee East has to calm both Zaha and Milivojevic down after the former gets into a small scuffle with Lerma after fouling the Cherries midfielder. Zaha picks up a yellow for his troubles.
77' Travers is tested once again, this time by Zaha who hits a swerving low effort only for the Bournemouth goalkeeper to easily make the save.
75' Bournemouth are continuing to threaten much to the chagrin of the Selhurst Park faithful, and Mousset manages to wriggle his way past Van Aanholt in the box only for the Cherries substitute to get penalised for a foul!
C. Mepham
73' The substitute Mepham does very well to leap the highest in a crowded Eagles penalty area and head it on towards King, who was practically unmarked in the build-up to the goal!
J. King
73' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! BOURNEMOUTH PULL ANOTHER ONE BACK!! Fraser’s corner is flicked on towards King at the far post, who manages to tap it in from close range to make it 4-3!
71' MEYER NEARLY MAKES IT 5-2! Zaha drives down the wing and is able to spot Meyer just outside of the Cherries penalty area only for the latter’s effort to just clip the woodwork and go out for a goal kick!
C. Mepham
J. Simpson
70' Simpson also comes off for Mepham in another like-for-like swap by Howe.
L. Mousset
J. Ibe
70' Mousset comes on for Ibe as Howe makes a double substitution.
J. McArthur
Yellow Card
69' McArthur becomes the second player to get in referee East’s book after clipping Ibe from behind as the Bournemouth winger ran towards the Palace penalty area.
67' Batshuayi, on the hunt for his hat-trick, nearly gets on the end of a loose ball following Meyer’s poor touch only for Travers to quickly sweep the ball up to safety.
W. Zaha
65' Excellent play from Zaha who does well to spot Van Aanholt's run into the Cherries' penalty area!
P. van Aanholt
65' GOOOOAAALLLL!! VAN AANHOLT MAKES IT 4-2 TO PALACE!! Brilliant play from both Zaha and the goalscorer as the former shows great awareness to find the left-back who continues his run into the box and finishes with aplomb past Travers!
L. Milivojević
Yellow Card
63' Milivojevic gets the first booking of the game after bundling Wilson over as the latter threatened to drive towards the Palace half.
61' This is the seventh consecutive season Bournemouth are playing their final league game of the season away from home. The Cherries’ joint-biggest victory in a final game actually came against Crystal Palace (6-1 in the 1925-26 Third Division South).
59' IBE WITH ANOTHER CHANCE! It’s now Bournemouth who are taking the game to the hosts, and Ibe caps off a lovely Cherries move by hitting a weak effort straight at Guaita!
A. Smith
56' Excellent play by both Fraser and Smith, with the latter having been released by the former down the wing prior to Ibe's strike.
J. Ibe
56' GOOOOAAAALLLL!! IT’S NOW 3-2!! Smith’s cut-back fails to find anyone in the penalty area except for Ibe, who picks up the loose ball just outside the box and drives a low one that takes a slight deflection off of Ward and past Guaita! It’s now game on at Selhurst Park!
55' Fraser’s quick corner finds Ake, who leaps highest in a crowded Eagles penalty area only for his header to sail harmlessly over Guaita’s goal.
53' ZAHA GOES CLOSE! Another breathtaking counter from the Eagles as Townsend finds Zaha in acres of space near the edge of the box only for Travers to pull off another important save at his near post!
52' Townsend should be relieved that he was flagged for offside after Travers’ save from McArthur’s shot falls towards the Palace winger only for him to balloon his effort over the bar despite facing an empty net!
51' Zaha tries to power through from the wing only to be stopped by a sea of white shirts! Bournemouth now have everyone behind the ball as Palace continue their dominance by playing some confident football.
50' GREAT SAVE BY TRAVERS! More Palace pressure inside the Bournemouth half ends with Milivojevic playing Townsend in near the edge of the box, and the latter unleashes a curling effort that Travers is more than equal to!
49' Smith’s cross completely misses Wilson in the six-yard area, but Fraser is able to keep the ball in play and eventually tries a low drive that is blocked and cleared by the Eagles’ defence.
47' Only Swansea (12) have scored more Premier League own goals than Bournemouth (9) since their first campaign in 2015-16.
46' No changes to either side at the interval, as Palace look to maintain their healthy lead against a Bournemouth side potentially rejuvenated by Lerma’s stunner.
46' Palace get play restarted as the second half gets underway!
It wouldn’t shock anyone if Howe sends his side out for the second half with all guns blazing, given that his side are currently down by two goals and in Fraser, Wilson and King, they have the players to hurt the Eagles. As for the home side, more of the same should see them win at Selhurst Park for the first time since March 30.
Lerma’s screamer was the only blot in an otherwise near-faultless display by Hodgson’s Palace, who have attacked their visitors with quick breaks and precise passing throughout the half. A Batshuayi brace and Simpson’s unfortunate own goal put the Eagles in the comfort zone and it seemed like they were never going to look back only for Bournemouth to spring a surprise goal thanks to Lerma’s peach of a strike. Given Palace’s struggles at home this season, Howe’s Cherries may have given themselves a glimmer of hope at a crucial stage of the game!
45' There will be one minute of added time to be played.
N. Clyne
45' It was Clyne's simple pass which led to Lerma's stunning strike to silence the Selhurst Park faithful!
J. Lerma
45' GOOOOAAALLLL!!! LERMA PULLS ONE BACK WITH A SCREAMER! The Bournemouth midfielder takes one touch after receiving a pass near the touchline and lets fly with a scorcher of a shot from about 35 yards out that Guaita had no chance! It’s now 3-1 to Palace with half-time fast approaching!
43' Townsend ends a promising bit of play from Palace by lazily conceding possession in the final third. Bournemouth meanwhile look like they can’t wait for the half-time whistle to be blown.
41' Ward is bundled over by a combative Wilson as the latter tries to win the ball off of the Eagles’ stand-in centre-back, who has been a wall of solidity so far during this first half.
39' Meyer tries to cut in and unleash a curling drive from just outside the penalty area, but the chance is high and well over Travers’ goal.
J. Simpson
Own Goal
37' GOOOOAAAALLLL!! IT’S NOW 3-0 TO PALACE!! Terrible defending from Bournemouth as McArthur’s pass frees up Zaha to run at goal completely unchallenged! He eventually shoots straight at Travers only for the ball to ricochet off Simpson and into an empty net with Travers left in no man’s land!
35' McArthur bundles Ibe over as the latter drives towards the Eagles’ half. The free-kick is floated in only for Guaita to safely collect the ball in the air.
A. Wan-Bissaka
32' Wan-Bissaka surely couldn’t believe the amount of space he was provided by a neglectful Cherries backline, and the end result is a good delivery towards Batshuayi to make it 2-0 to Palace!
M. Batshuayi
32' GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! BATSHUAYI DOUBLES PALACE’S LEAD! Zaha finds Wan-Bissaka in the edge of the box, and the right-back whips in a grasscutter of a cross that reaches his target in Batshuayi and the striker proves his poaching credentials with a first-time finish past Travers for his brace and a 2-0 lead for the Eagles!
29' Milivojevic tries another effort from distance after being played in by Meyer once more, but his shot is weak and all Travers could do is to watch the ball trickle out of play.
27' Wilson tries to take the ball in his stride only for him to miscontrol the pass as he watches it tamely go out for a Palace goal kick.
M. Batshuayi
24' GOOOOAAALLLL!! BATSHUAYI GIVES PALACE THE LEAD! Some lovely interchanging between Milivojevic and Zaha ends with the latter’s deflected cross falling towards Batshuayi, who makes no mistake despite some pressure from his markers to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead against Bournemouth!
23' Ake finds himself in acres of space inside the box only for his low cut-back to find no one in a white shirt! The ball is eventually booted away from danger, but one must feel that the Cherries midfielder should’ve been a little more selfish and taken the chance himself!
21' Palace have won just 17 points in home games this season, compared to 29 away from home. If they lose this game, it will be the biggest difference between points won away compared to at home over a single top-flight campaign (12, adjusted to three points for a win all-time).
18' King blazes a wild shot over the bar from about 25 yards out after being put through by Ibe.
17' Simpson goes on a great run from the centre circle and plays Wilson through only for the Cherries striker to be caught offside by the fourth official!
15' Smith clears his lines and boots the ball out of play after more Palace pressure inside the Cherries’ half.
13' Palace are now in the ascendancy, moving the ball towards and inside the Bournemouth half with attacking purpose.
11' Lerma trips Townsend in a promising set-piece situation for the Eagles from about 30 yards out. Milivojevic floats the ball in only for Smith to get in Ward’s way at the far post for a Palace corner which is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
8' Wan-Bissaka concedes the first corner of the match, which is headed away by the Eagles’ defence only as far out as Wilson, who tries to find space only to play Fraser in but the latter’s curling drive is easily swept up by Guaita.
6' Guaita beats away Ibe’s low cross after the Cherries winger speeds past Van Aanholt! Palace eventually clear but Bournemouth retain possession, passing it around the back much like their opponents did earlier on.
4' MILIVOJEVIC GOES CLOSE! Meyer once again the architect as the playmaker feeds his skipper with another swift pass, and the latter unleashes a wicked drive that just clips Travers’ left post!
3' Brilliant run by Batshuayi, who manages to get on the end of a quick through-ball by Meyer only to be flagged for offside just as his effort went straight at Travers!
1' The hosts are out in their home kit of red-and-blue stripes, while the visitors are decked in their away strip of all-white.
1' Referee Roger East blows his whistle, and Bournemouth get us underway at Selhurst Park!
The players are out and kick-off is drawing near.
Palace have never lost when playing their final game of a top-flight season at home, winning five and drawing two of their seven such games.
On the other hand, Howe names an unchanged starting XI following their shock 1-0 win against Tottenham at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. Travers retains his place between the sticks after an inspired display against Spurs, keeping a clean sheet in the process, while Ake stays in midfield allowing Simpson to continue partnering skipper Cook at the heart of the Cherries’ backline.
Hodgson makes two changes from the side that beat Cardiff City 3-2 last weekend, including reinstating Van Aanholt to the starting XI after missing out on Saturday’s victory. Scott Dann is left out of the matchday squad altogether after sustaining a knock in the build-up to this fixture, while Meyer replaces Jordan Ayew in midfield.
SUBSTITUTES: Artur Boruc, Chris Mepham, Sam Surridge, Lys Mousset, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Butcher, Kyle Taylor.
BOURNEMOUTH XI (4-4-2): Mark Travers; Nathaniel Clyne, Steve Cook (c), Jack Simpson, Adam Smith; Ryan Fraser, Jefferson Lerma, Nathan Ake, Jordon Ibe; Callum Wilson, Joshua King.
SUBSTITUTES: Wayne Hennessey, Jairo Riedewald, Bakary Sako, Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke, Luke Dreher, Cheikhou Kouyate.
CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-2-3-1): Vicente Guaita; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Martin Kelly, Joel Ward, Patrick van Aanholt; James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic (c); Andros Townsend, Max Meyer, Wilfried Zaha; Michy Batshuayi.
And without further ado, let’s take a look at how both sides line up, starting with the hosts.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth will also aim to end their season on a positive note after slipping down the table to 13th following a run of form that has seen them win only three of their last 10 Premier League matches. Despite that, Eddie Howe’s Cherries have the opportunity to do a domestic double over their hosts for the first time since the 1988-89 campaign, and given their opponents’ home form, the visitors have a good chance of spoiling festivities at Selhurst Park.
Nothing but pride and 12th place on the line in south London as Palace look to solidify themselves in their current position after winning three of their last five league matches, leapfrogging their opponents along the way. However, those victories have all been gained on the road, and Roy Hodgson will be aware of his side’s ropey form on home turf as they look to end their campaign by snagging their first win at Selhurst Park since beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 on March 30.
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