Battle Of Two Sides With Top Ten Aspirations At Selhurst

Selhurst Park takes centre stage for the first time since the restart as Burnley are the visitors. It will be good to see it in all its glory even though fans cannot be there which will be a very odd feeling.

DATE

29th June 2020

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

It was December 2018 the last time the Clarets made the trip down to South London and they returned home empty handed. James McArthur gave Palace an early lead and Andros Townsend secured the points with a goal late on.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Simon Hooper

ASSISTANTS – Derek Eaton, Mark Scholes, Keith Stroud (fourth official)

VAR – Graham Scott, Simon Bennett (assistant)

REPLACEMENT OFFICIAL – Matt Foley

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – James Tomkins, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Vicente Guaita, Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha

BURNLEY – Robbie Brady, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Chris Wood, Jay Rodriguez, Ben Gibson, Ashley Barnes

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Mamadou Sakho (1), Luka Milivojevic (1),

Yellow cards (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (9), Ashley Westwood (9), James Tarkowski (8), Jeff Hendrick (8), Ben Mee (7), James McCarthy (6), Jordan Ayew (6), Dwight McNeil (5), James Tomkins (5), James McArthur (5),

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 30/11/2019 Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 02/03/2019 Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
  • 01/12/2018 Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
  • 13/01/2018 Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
  • 10/09/2017 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 24/06/2020 LIverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 20/06/2020 Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 07/03/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
  • 29/02/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • 22/02/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Newcastle United

Last FIVE results for Burnley;

  • 25/06/2020 Burnley 1-0 Watford
  • 22/06/2020 Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
  • 07/03/2020 Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 29/02/2020 Newcastle United 0-0 Burnley
  • 22/02/2020 Burnley 3-0 Bournemouth

RECORD AGAINST BURNLEY

  • Played 48
  • Won 13
  • Drawn 17
  • Lost 18

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • James Tarkowski 7.09
  • Dwight McNeil 7.07
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.05
  • Jordan Ayew 7.01

ONE TO WATCH

DWIGHT MCNEIL

Former clubs – Manchester United

The 20-year-old is continuing to catch the eye at Turf Moor but seems keen on staying at Burnley which will be good news for Clarets fans. With six assists in the Premier League so far, he has become an integral part of Sean Dyche’s side, having already passed 50 appearances for the club.

KEY CLASH

GARY CAHILL v CHRIS WOOD

Should the Burnley top scorer play, this is likely to be a key aeriel battle that will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this game. The match at Anfield apart, Cahill has been in good form and will be a real challenge for the New Zealand international.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Top passers – Ashley Westwood (1300), Luka Milivojevic (1174)
  • Palace have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 9 home games against Burnley
  • Top scorers – Chris Wood (11), Jordan Ayew (9)
  • Palace have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 matches against Burnley
  • Top assists – Dwight McNeil (6), James McArthur (3), Wilfried Zaha (3)
  • Palace have won their last four games against Burnley
  • Top tackles – James McArthur (73), James Tarkowski (52)

PREDICTION

Both sides are battling to finish in the top ten and the way that results have been going since the restart, that eventuality is a distinct possibility and will prove to be a successful season if either manage to achieve it. The Eagles will be keen on responding to the thrashing at the hands of the newly crowned champions particularly with this being the first home game since football returned. Burnley travel to Selhurst off the back of a narrow win over relegation threatened Watford and will be seeking to follow it up with another three points.

Final score: 2-0

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 13/10
  • Draw – 2/1
  • Away – 23/10
  • Both teams to score – 11/10
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