Premier League Preview – Burnley
After a break to make way for the FA Cup, it is a return to league duty as the Premier League takes centre stage once again.
The next match up to take place at Selhurst Park will be between two sides that had a disappointing exit in the FA Cup Third Round last weekend at the hands of Premier League opposition.
The Eagles returned from the South Coast with less said about that the better while Burnley rudely took the lead at league leaders Manchester City but ended up on the end of a 4-1 defeat.
The down side for Palace is that the cup defeat came at a price with more injury concerns which has made Roy Hodgson’s search for reinforcements this month that much more difficult. On the plus side, there are no other distractions for the remainder of the season so the focus will continue to be staying in the top division at all costs.
If the Eagles are to continue their run of just one loss in eleven games they are likely to have to find something special to see off the visitors particularly with the lengthening injury list. Burnley have fared exceptionally well so far this season and will be keen to keep picking up points at the right end of the table.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Neither Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle), Andros Townsend (ankle), Scott Dann (knee), Jason Puncheon (knee), Mamadou Sakho (calf) and Connor Wickham (knee) will feature. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (knock) and Joel Ward (groin) are major doubts.
BURNLEY – Scott Arfield (hamstring), Chris Wood (knee) and Stephen Ward (knee) are doubts while Robbie Brady (knee)and Tom Heaton (shoulder) miss out.
The last time the two sides met at Selhurst Park was back in April when an early Ashley Barnes goal set the visitors on their way for what proved to be their first away win of last season. A late Andre Gray goal sealed all three points for Sean Dyche’s men.
Who Scored man of the match – Michael Keane (8.1)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 10/09/2017 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 29/04/2017 Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley
- 05/11/2016 Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace
- 17/01/2015 Burnley 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 13/09/2014 Crystal Palace 0-0 Burnley
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 08/01/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 02/01/2018 Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 31/12/2017 Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
- 28/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
- 23/12/2017 Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Burnley;
- 06/01/2018 Manchester City 4-1 Burnley
- 01/01/2018 Burnley 1-2 Liverpool
- 30/12/2017 Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burnley
- 26/12/2017 Manchester United 2-2 Burnley
- 23/12/2017 Burnley 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- James Tarkowski 7.36
- Wilfried Zaha 7.26
- Ben Mee 7.20
- James Tomkins 7.18
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Oldham Athletic, Brentford
The Manchester born defender began his career in the youth system at Oldham Athletic in 2009 before making his professional debut for the club in 2011. He went on to make over 70 appearances for the club before signing for Brentford in 2014 where he made a similar number of appearances. The Burnley number five arrived at Turf Moor in 2016 signing a three-and-a-half year contract and has received rave reviews in the Premier League this season.
Final league position – 8th
Nobody predicted that Burnley would have such a terrific start to the season but Sean Dyche has worked wonders at Turf Moor and continues to do so. Whether they will continue their good form remains to be seen but a few shrewd additions on the January transfer window may be enough to secure a top ten finish.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – evens
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 3/1
- Both teams to score – 11/10