Back to Selhurst this weekend as the Eagles return from a well deserved point at Old Trafford to get on with important business by hosting struggling Burnley.
The players should be rightly bouyed by the result on the road last weekend, just the same as the fans are but the real hard work starts right here.
This home fixture against Burnley signals the start of a busy fixture list against teams where Palace will be expected to pick up points. As we all know, the Eagles are often far more comfortable being the underdogs but that has to change starting this Saturday.
A win will set them on their way to the South Coast on Tuesday night and to the London Stadium next weekend as the games come thick and fast.
Boss Roy Hodgson will be scratching his head at the lack of goals lately but as he has stated in post match press conferences, the performances have been good without the points to show for them.
Opposite number Sean Dyche will be more likely massaging his temples at the struggles his Clarets have faced in a season that started so early with their Europa League involvement. They will be as keen as the hosts to get something from this game and will look to find the same form that saw them take all three points from South London in 2017.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Connor Wickham (thigh), Christian Benteke (knee) and Scott Dann (knee) are all expected to miss out.
BURNLEY – Johann Gudmundsson (illness) is a doubt while James Tarkowski (hernia) may face a later fitness test. Stephen Ward (knee) and Nick Pope (shoulder) are unavailable.
The last time the two sides met was at Selhurst Park in January where a solitary first half strike from Bakary Sako was enough to send the opposition back home without any points as the Eagles resurgence continued.
Who Scored man of the match – Bakary Sako (8.0)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 13/01/2018 Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 10/11/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/10/2018 Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
Last FIVE results for Burnley;
- 26/11/2018 Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United
- 10/11/2018 Leicester City 0-0 Burnley
- 03/11/2018 West Ham United 4-2 Burnley
- 28/10/2018 Burnley 0-4 Chelsea
- 20/10/2018 Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.31
- Luka Milivojevic 7.05
- Johann Gudmundsson 6.98
- James Tarkowski 6.96
ONE TO WATCH
JOHANN BERG GUDMUNDSSON
Former clubs – Breioablik, Chelsea, Fulham, AZ, Charlton Athletic
The 28 year old winger began his career in the youth set up at Kopavogur club Breidablik in 1997 and interestingly had stints in the Chelsea and Fulham youth teams. He returned to Breioablik and made his professional debut for them in 2008 before moving to the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar in 2009. After over a century of appearances for the Dutch side he moved to Charlton in 2014 where he adapted to life well before signing for Burnley in 2016. To date, Gudmundsson has over seventy international caps for Iceland.
After a run of tough games this has become a must win particularly in view of the congestion that has taken place at the bottom of the table. A loss could see the Eagles bottom of the table but more than that, a win is long overdue and while Burnley will be as tough a proposition as any other, we are expecting the players to do what needs to be done.
- TEB prediction – home wine
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 8/13
- Draw – 11/4
- Away – 11/2
- Both teams to score – 11/2
Find out what Ty Marshall told TEB about the season ahead for Burnley in our summer feature View From The Opposition