AFC Bournemouth travel to South London tomorrow night to face Crystal Palace for the second time in just over a month.
The reverse fixture on Boxing Day saw these two sides play out an entertaining 0-0 draw, but Alan Pardew’s men have somewhat gone off the boil since then.
Palace go into this one in danger of losing five league games on the bounce, something they haven’t done since November 2013 when they lost 7 in a row.
And Bournemouth will be hoping to capitalise on that as they bid to build on their so-far impressive way record, The Cherries have only lost one of their last six Premier League away games (W2 D3 L1).
Emmanuel Adebayor, however, is expected to make his Crystal Palace debut in Tuesday’s tie, and I’m sure Eddie Howe will be made aware of the fact he has scored on his debut for all three of his previous Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.
This will be Bournemouth’s first visit to Selhurst Park since 1989, when they went home with a 3-2 win.
The starting XI that won at Portsmouth on Saturday is likely to be completely revamped, with only Tommy Elphick expected to keep his place.
And the skipper told the daily star that this could ‘just be the start’ of Bournemouth’s rise.
“We are still putting ourselves on the map and hopefully cup competitions and cup runs like this can help that,” Elphick said.
He added: “Hopefully we can make our mark on this competition this season, but our main priority is staying in the Premier League.”
Goals from Josh King and Marc Pugh were enough to see off local rivals Pompey and avoid any sort of cup upset, The Cherries have been rewarded with a home tie against Everton in round six.