Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze give visitors deserved win at Vitality Stadium | Football News

Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze scored a convincing 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on New Year’s Eve.

With new Bournemouth owner Bill Foley and minority shareholder Michael B Jordan looking on, the hosts produced a lackluster performance, but Palace fully deserved the three points in difficult conditions on the south coast.

Ayew put Palace in front in the 19th minute when he headed in Michael Olise’s corner and the visitors took firm control as Eze set up another brilliant Olise set-piece from the edge of play (36).

Player Ratings

Bournemouth: Travers (5), Anthony (6), Smith (6), Senesi (6), Kelly (6), Zemura (5), Cook (6), Lerma (6), Billing (5), Solanke (6), Moore (5).

Orders: Dembele (6), Rothwell (6), Christie (none), Lowe (none).

Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Ward (6), Andersen (7), Guehi (7), Clyne (6), Olise (8), Doucoure (7), Schlupp (7), Ayew (7), Zaha (6), Eze (7).

Orders: Mateta (6), Edouard (6), Hughes (no).

Player of the match: Michael Olise.

Bournemouth improved early in the second half but rarely threatened as Palace cruised comfortably to their first win since November 6.

The result leaves Gary O’Neil’s side 15th in the table and just three points above the relegation zone after their sixth defeat in seven Premier League games. Palace bounce back from back-to-back defeats and are 11th with 22 points.

Also Read :  Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund awards grants | News, Sports, Jobs

How Palace ousted Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s new owners Foley and actor Jordan were introduced on the pitch before kick-off, but the Hollywood stardust did little to raise the cherry on top.

Both sides honored Pelle with a minute’s standing ovation before the action got underway under considerable rain.

Team news

Bournemouth made one change from the team that lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Tuesday.

Jaidon Anthony came into the starting lineup in place of Jack Stacey.

As for Crystal Palace, they made two forced changes following their 3-0 defeat at Fulham on Boxing Day.

The removed duo of James Tomkins and Tyrick Mitchell were replaced by the returning Marc Gueh and Joel Ward.

Palace had a chance when the ball fell to Jeffrey Schlupp inside the penalty area, but his effort went wide of the left upright.

The visitors couldn’t manage a handful of early shots, but took the lead in the 19th minute when Ayew rose highest to meet Olinen’s corner and deflected a header into the bottom right corner from the six-yard line.

Also Read :  Why is Chelsea vs Arsenal kicking off at 12pm on a Sunday?

Olise looked to open the second when he sent the ball across goal from the right, but he ultimately couldn’t find a teammate to slot it past Mark Travers.

Palace then conceded a free-kick of their own which Jaidon Anthony took down the left to Kieffer Moore. The Cherries forward steered a threatening header into the area and forced Vicente Guaita to pounce on the catch to avoid the danger of an equaliser.

Jordan Ayew celebrates Crystal Palace's 1-0 lead
Jordan Ayew gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute

The Eagles extended their lead after 36 minutes after Olise again set up his teammates from a perfectly placed corner. This time it was Eze who wasted no time curling a right-footed effort into the bottom left corner from near the penalty spot.

The rain eased after the restart, as did the home support, whose side looked calmer. Guaita somehow survived a number of Bournemouth attempts in the scramble before Travers blocked Eze’s sharp effort from a free-kick at the other end.

Also Read :  2022 FIFA World Cup futures picks, groups, odds: Soccer expert locks in best bets, USMNT predictions for Qatar

In the end, the hosts might have been consoled by the fact that the deficit wasn’t any bigger after Schlupp picked out Jean-Philippe Mateta, the substitute steering his effort wide.

Guaita stopped Siriki Dembele’s strike before Wilfried Zaha skied over late on and the visitors held off four minutes of added time to seal a clean sweep.

Eberechi Eze celebrates Crystal Palace's second goal
Eberechi Eze’s brilliant effort doubled Crystal Palace’s lead against Bournemouth

Fantasy Premier League Statistics

FPL Stats: Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Objectives Yep, Eze
Assist Would be (2)
Bonus points Olise (3d) | Ayew (2 points) | Guaita (1 pt)

What next?

Bournemouth travel to Manchester United in the Premier League on January 3 at 8pm before hosting Burnley in the FA Cup third round four days later.

Gary O’Neil’s side then return to Premier League action on January 14 at 5.30pm when they travel to Brentford, live Sky Sports.

Wednesday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m

Starts at 20:00

Next Crystal Palace is a Premier League home game against Tottenham on the 4th. January at 8 p.m., live broadcast Sky Sports.

Palace then host Southampton in the FA Cup third round on January 7 at 12.30pm before traveling to Chelsea in the league the following weekend.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

Back to top button