Premier League Preview – Burnley
Two teams with similar records meet at Turf Moor this weekend with an expectation that a couple more wins may just be enough to secure Premier League football for another season.
Roy Hodgson will not be too concerned with the home loss to Manchester United as he will know deep down that Palace are pulling out some very good results away from home.
With injuries aside which have depleted the back line, there should be enough about this squad to see us grab enough points to stay up and head into our seventh successive season at the top table. That in itself sounds easy to say but this is one of a few fixtures that leaves that in our own hands with ten games left to play.
Burnley themselves will have similar thoughts going into this fixture but they are almost as unpredictable as Palace after seeing off Spurs last weekend and going on to lose at Newcastle in midweek. They have battled to get themselves out of the bottom three after a poor first half of the season.
From the last five trips, Palace have beaten Burnley just once in the last ten visits so it has not been a happy hunting ground. The loss in September 2017 thanks to a poor Chung-yong Lee backpass signalled the end of Frank de Boer’s reign in charge of the club.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Pape Souare, Julian Speroni, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mamadou Sakho are all expected to miss out.
BURNLEY – Neither Aaron Lennon, Jonathan Walters and Steven Defour are expected not to feature while Ashley Westwood is a doubt.
The last time the two sides met was back in December when a struggling Burnley side visited Selhurst Park. The Eagles were not much better off at the time an early goal from James McArthur settled the nerves. A brilliant second from Andros Townsend sealed a deserved the win for the hosts.
Who Scored man of the match – James McArthur (8.9)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 01/12/2018 Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 27/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
- 23/02/2019 Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
- 17/02/2019 Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 09/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United
- 02/02/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
Last FIVE results for Burnley;
- 26/02/2019 Newcastle United 2-0 Burnley
- 23/02/2019 Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 09/02/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Burnley
- 02/02/2019 Burnley 1-1 Southampton
- 29/01/2019 Manchester United 2-2 Burnley
THE RECORD AGAINST BURNLEY
- Played 46
- Won 11
- Drawn 17
- Lost 18
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.23
- Luka Milivojevic 7.16
- James Tarkowski 7.13
- Ben Mee 6.85
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Paulton Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Oxford United (loan), Salisbury City (loan), Eastbourne Borough (loan), Torquay United (loan), Brighton & Hove Albion
The 29-year-old striker has scored goals wherever he has been and he has done so against Palace in the Premier League too so we are all to well aware of the threat he possess. With over 150 appearances for the Clarets since joining the Turf Moor club in 2014 from Brighton, Barnes has scored seven goals in the Premier League so far this season. He is a hard working boistrous striker who not many expected to make it in the top division but he has proved more than capable of being a threat.
With both teams level on points and only separate by goal difference, it would be easy to predict a score draw for this match. While that would be the sensible result for both, we are at the stage of the season where picking up points to secure survival is almost as important as not losing a game to a team close by. For that reason, TEB thinks neither team will want to lose this one.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Clarets Turf prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 7/4
- Draw – 11/5
- Away – 8/5
- Both teams to score – 4/5