Premier League Preview – Burnley
Despite the narrow defeat to title chasing Spurs in midweek, the target remains to continue the recent run of great form and secure mathematical safety sooner rather than later.
While many suspect thirty-eight points will be just enough to see the Eagles enter their fifth consecutive season in the Premier League, Eagles fans will be much happier when it has been secured.
After losing the influential Frenchman Mamadou Sakho to injury, Sam Allardyce now has just two recognised central defenders to call upon with Scott Dann and James Tomkins also on the sidelines.
Visitors to South London this weekend are Burnley who, dare we say it, have yet to manage an away win in the Premier League this season. Selhurst Park has been seen as the venue to end a barren run for players and teams alike but that is no longer the case. However, after a run of recent disappointing form, boss Sean Dyche brings his team to take on Palace yet to secure a place in the top division for next season so they will be desperate to get something from the game.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho (knee), James Tomkins (ankle), Scott Dann (knee), Pape Souare (leg) and Connor Wickham (knee) will not feature.
BURNLEY – Kevin Long (knee) will remain on the sidelines while Ben Mee (knock), Sam Vokes (hamstring), Scott Arfield (knee) and Dean Marney (knee) are all doubtful.
The last time the two sides met was at Turf Moor back in November and it was quite a game as the hosts raced into a two goal lead within the opening quarter of an hour. Sam Vokes scored the opener and Johann Berg Gudmundsson doubled Burnley’s lead. Substitute Connor Wickham pulled one back for the Eagles with half an hour left to play and incredibly, Christian Beneteke grabbed an unlikely equaliser with nine minutes of the game remaining. However, Palace were hit by a sucker punch as the Clarets hit them on the break as Ashley Barnes grabbed an injury time winner.
Who Scored man of the match – Sam Vokes (8.9)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 05/11/2016 Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace
- 17/01/2015 Burnley 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 13/09/2014 Crystal Palace 0-0 Burnley
- 12/01/2013 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 06/10/2012 Crystal Palace 4-3 Burnley
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 26/04/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 23/04/2017 Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 15/04/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City
- 10/04/2017 Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
- 05/04/2017 Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Burnley;
- 23/04/2017 Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
- 15/04/2017 Everton 3-1 Burnley
- 08/04/2017 Middlesbrough 0-0 Burnley
- 04/04/2017 Burnley 1-0 Stoke City
- 01/04/2017 Burnley 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.42
- Christian Benteke 7.40
- Ben Mee 7.14
- Michael Keane 7.10
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Wolverhampton Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town, AFC Telford Town (loan), Hinkley United, Luton Town, Brentford
The 25 year old striker has worked his way up from non league all the way to the top division in English football. Starting his career in the youth set up at Wolves before joining Shrewsbury Town, he made his professional debut in 2009 but only managed four appearances. He spent time on loan at AFC Telford United and Hinckley United before signing permanently for Hinckley in 2010.
It was at the non league side that he scored 29 goals in 65 games which earned him a loan spell at Luton Town. After impressing, a permanent deal was done in 2012 and he went on and scored an incredible 47 goals in 88 appearances before a move to Brentford in 2014. Burnley came calling just over a season later as Gray continued to impress with 18 goals in 47 games at Griffin Park. Since signing a three year deal at Turf Moor he has scored 31 goals in 66 appearances.
Final league position – 16th
After what had seemed a good season for the Clarets, the nerves are beginning to jangle with an indifferent period of form seeing the Lancashire side sink down the table. The lack of points away from home have hindered their hopes of securing Premier League safety before now but the impressive early season form should just about see them through but it could be by the skin of their teeth.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Tyrone Marshall’s prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 4/5
- Draw – 27/10
- Away – 7/2
- Both teams to score – 10/11