Monday, 1 October 2018

It's not just Zaha the AFCB have to worry about

Crystal Palace have been steadily accumulating points in the league and it is noticeable that their away games have been fairly profitable. While the media focuses on Wilfred Zaha, Crystal Palace have 10 other players on the pitch that are also working hard and will pose problems for the Cherries.
Zaha will have to be controlled if AFCB are to win the game.
The facts are that Bournemouth rarely manage clean sheets and Crystal Palace are regular scorers in away games this season, so beating Palace will probably need Bournemouth to get at least two goals. Wilfred Zaha is certainly the main goal threat with four goals in August and September. He is likely to be up against Adam Smith most of the time, but Zaha will no doubt play across the front line to see where their might be a weakness. He is quick and confident and we know how he can be a problem when he gets in the box. So Bournemouth have to try and keep him out wide.

Like Burnley, Crystal Palace will also be good at corners and free-kicks and they are another physical team. Luka Milivojevic and Kouyate will be tough to get past and I've been impressed with the pace and tackling of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 20, since he has come into the team. With Van Aanholt playing the other wing-back position, it will take something to keep pushing Palace back.
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Jordan Ayew has been favoured over Christian Benteke of late up front, which does take a bit of aerial ability away from Palace. Hodgson hasn't played Puncheon that much this season, but together with Alexander SΓΈrloth and Andy Townsend, there are plenty of players that have goals in them apart from Zaha.

I'd say their best win was the 0-2 win at Fulham on the first day of the season, but  they have been unlucky not to pick up more points.

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