Tonight is the second time in just over a month that Crystal Palace will be going head to head with Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth, after these two sides played out a more than entertaining 0-0 draw back on Boxing Day.
The Eagles are actually looking to end a four-game losing streak (they haven’t lost five in a row since November 2013), and will be bolstered by the signing of former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Adebayor joined Palace at the back end of last week and will be hoping he can continue his outstanding debutant record with a goal tonight if he gets the nod, the 31-year-old has scored in all three of his previous Premier League debuts – Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Eddie’s Howe’s men have become a stubborn side on their travels this season, however, The Cherries have only lost once in their last six away outings (W2 D3 L1), and that was at Arsenal.
And according to the holmesdale.net, Pardew was full of nothing but praise for opposing gaffer Howe.
“I tried to sign him [Eddie Howe] when I was at West Ham, and I’ve bumped into him on the road, he’s always at games. He’s a good, young English coach, and I’m always up for promoting that.” Pardew said.
He added: “He was an intelligent footballer. He wasn’t the biggest, he wasn’t the quickest, but he made up for that in his positional play and his thinking (which made him look a future manager). It’s essential for our football (to see young English managers progressing).”
Tonight also sees former club legend Glenn Murray return to his old stomping ground, but Pardew says there will be no hard feelings.
“We wish him well and there will be a bit of banter in the tunnel, and we look forward to seeing him.” The 54-year-old said.
In terms of team news, French international Yohan Cabaye will be undergoing a late fitness test but is a major doubt due to an ankle knock he picked up in the FA Cup win against Stoke City, Dwight Gayle, Bakary Sako, Joe Ledley and Yannick Bolasie all miss out through injury whilst Connor Wickham serves the second game of his three-game suspension.