This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Crystal Palace welcome Bournemouth to Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening, in what will be the second fixture of a potentially season-defining run.
The Eagles beat Burnley last time out, and now face games against Watford, Brighton, Newcastle, West Ham, Southampton and Norwich once the Cherries have left south London – Roy Hodgson’s side have faced all of the top ten already this term, and are just two points off fifth.
Despite that, there is still plenty of talent in their ranks – let’s take a look at two players who could do damage…
Wilson, 22, scores all types of goals, from long-range screamers – including free-kicks – to scrappy finishes such as his second against Tottenham last time out. The former Derby loanee has scored the joint-most free-kicks in the top-flight this season with two.
Palace were reportedly interested in the Liverpool academy graduate back in the summer, and unless the Eagles keep their wits about him, the former target of theirs will come back to haunt them.
The diminutive Scotsman, who possesses an extremely low centre of gravity at 5 foot 4 may cause a lot of problems on Tuesday night, mainly because of the man he will be facing – Martin Kelly.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the England international, who is a model professional and always performs to the best of his ability, but his slow turning circle and lack of balance is the polar opposite to Fraser’s physical traits, which could make for a mismatched battle down the right flank.
Bournemouth’s No.24 – who has a goal and three assists to his name so far this term – could tie Kelly in knots.
In other Crystal Palace news, this Eagles star sent a message to Hodgson with his performance against Burnley…