Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur braced for tough battle


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Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur admits his side will be pushed all the way as they prepare to take on Bournemouth on Monday evening.

The Eagles will travel to the Vitality Stadium in good spirits, after winning three of their last five games under Roy Hodgson.

Palace reached the fourth round of the EFL Cup last week and sit 13th in the Premier League table, while the Cherries fair slightly better in ninth.

However, they were humbled 4-0 in the league last time out by Burnley and their fans could be worried by a repeat performance.

McArthur admits the form table goes out of the window on Monday and he sees a number of similarities between the two teams.

However, the playmaker is confident of getting all three points at the Vitality Stadium.

He told Football London: “The Premier League is so unpredictable, you can always create a case for playing a team at a good time or bad time really, but we know we have to be on our top game to get three points and hopefully the win against West Brom will give us the confidence we need.

“It will be a tough game on Monday night under lights and they will be looking forward to it as much as we are because they are on a good run at home.

“We know it’s a tough game but we are playing with a lot of confidence and our away form has been good as well, so we feel we can go there and impose ourselves on the game and get three points.”

Bournemouth’s home advantage makes them 2.25 favourites, with the draw 3.40 and Palace 3.25 to win.

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