Thursday, 24 December 2015

Now AFCB take on an inform top six side - Palace

Alan Pardew has his sights set on a top six finish this season and his team sits nicely in sixth place a point ahead of Watford, their main chasers, and nine points off the leaders. Palace are playing tremendously well away from with 11 wins in their last 16 league matches. Only Arsenal have done better and of course, AFCB will play the Gunners after Palace.
Pugh, Ritchie and Gozza will be aiming for a great Boxing Day for AFCB fans.
Crystal Palace are a side that are set up to play on the counter and Yannick Bolasie, Wilfred Zaha and Bakaray Sako are the sort of players that will give any back four lacking in pace problems. Eddie Howe has also shown interest in Dwight Gayle who is another striker who can run at pace and with Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham currently the picks that Pardew favours they are more than well supplied with top forwards.

Yet some Crystal Palace fans were still reluctant to see Glenn Murray leave the club for AFCB in the last transfer window. Now that Josh King has a problem with his hamstring it may mean that Glenn will start against his former team and that will make the game even more of a showdown on Boxing day that fans can look forward to. I can't think of a better game for Glenn to want to play in.

Palace brought Joe Ledley back into the team last match as Yohan Cabaye was injured, but it was new signing Lee Chung-Yung that broke Stoke City hearts two minutes from the end of the game last week with a stunning finish to beat Jack Butland. Lee has not found it easy to get many games for the Eagles since his move from Bolton last February, but we may see him involved on Boxing Day. Everywhere you look Palace have strong players and none more so than Scott Dann at centre half who Pardew has been touting as another player that Roy Hodgson should be looking at.

You have to go back to October to see a game when Crystal Palace failed to score away from home and that was a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City. Keeping it tight against them is going to need all AFCB's players to be ready to sprint as Palace are one team that will work just as hard as the Cherries. Believe it or not, I think the Cherries will have to play better than they did against Man Utd to win this one - but we know they can do it. UTCIAD!

Crystal Palace Away Form

AFCB Home Form

PremierTalk could not ignore Luis van Gaal's box office press conference yesterday so get yourself over to PremierTalk where you'll find - Luis has not had his Brussel sprouts just yet 

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