After a heavy defeat to Liverpool in mid-week, Crystal Palace will look to bounce back against fellow mid-table team Burnley in the Premier League.
Selhurst Park, London, England
Key Stat: Crystal Palace have won each of their last four matches against Burnley.
Expert Verdict: Crystal Palace's superb defensive form was ended abruptly by Liverpool in mid-week, just as Burnley - who lost heavily to Manchester City beforehand - were getting back to winning ways. Nevertheless, Roy Hodgson’s side can resume their good form in this game and continue their push up the table.
Christian Benteke and Vicente Guaita missed out with strains in mid-week and Palace may choose not to risk them again. Wilfried Zaha is also being assessed and Palace will be without Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins too. Nevertheless, Roy Hodgson may revert to a more attacking formation.
Jordan Ayew – His goal at Bournemouth in the first game back with his tenth of a very impressive campaign up front.
Luka Milivojevic – Scored against Bournemouth but dropped to the bench last time out and was missed in the middle of the park.
Gary Cahill – The former England international will lead the defence as they look to get back to their run of clean sheets.
A run of four wins and four clean sheets in a row was ended sharply by Liverpool last time out, as the Reds won 4-0 at Anfield. Palace had previously returned to action with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth, in which Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew scored.
Defenders:Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt
Midfielders:Cheikh Kouyate, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur
Forwards:Andros Townsend, Jordan Ayew, Max Meyer
Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson may be another week away from a full return, while Robbie Brady is also a doubt. Jay Rodriguez was taken off last time out but Sean Dyche was confident the striker would be fit – a boost considering Ashley Barnes is also absent.
Jay Rodriguez – Leading the line with Wood and Barnes sidelined and his physicality will be key against a usually mean Palace defence.
Dwight McNeil – Set up Rodriguez’s winner against Watford last time out having enjoyed a good season on the wing.
Matej Vydra – With Wood and Barnes out he could have another chance to stake his claim for more minutes with a start alongside Rodriguez.
Burnley returned to action with a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, in which they were outplayed at the Etihad, but they got back to winning ways last time out. Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game as they won 1-0 against struggling Watford.
Defenders:Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor
Midfielders:Dwight McNeil, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill
Forwards:Jay Rodriguez, Matej Vydra
Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win at Turf Moor in November was their fourth victory in a row in this fixture, having won 2-0 at home and 3-1 away last season too, as well as winning 1-0 at Selhurst Park the previous season. Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp scored Palace’s goals when these teams last met. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Nov 30, 2019: Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace
Mar 02, 2019: Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
Dec 01, 2018: Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
Jan 13, 2018: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
Sep 10, 2017: Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
After four wins and four clean sheets, the defeat to Liverpool in mid-week would have hurt Crystal Palace.
The loss itself, against the team crowned champions the following day, was not the issue, but the nature of it was with some uncharacteristic defensive frailty showing.
Injuries do not help – Wilfried Zaha is out, as is Christian Benteke, and Guaita’s absence in goal will have been felt too.
But Palace can get back to their previous form in this fixture, against a Burnley side short of options in attack because of injuries.
Burnley face uncertainty throughout this restart, with four senior players set to depart at the end of their contracts too, and none of this will be helping Sean Dyche’s side.
They got back to winning ways after their own heavy defeat, to Manchester City, last time out but they face a tough trip to Selhurst Park this time out.
Both teams go into this game on 42 points – seven behind fifth-placed Manchester United – but it is Palace, despite their lack of goals, who are favourites to win.
Crystal Palace are favourites to win at home to Burnley and can be backed at 11/8 to win with 888sport and Betfair.
Three of Palace’s last four wins were by a single goal to nil, and Bet365 are offering 6/1 on Palace winning 1-0.
You can also bet against both teams to score at a best price of 3/4 with Betfair and under 2.5 goals is 8/15 with Bet365 and Betfair.
Jordan Ayew has scored some important goals for Palace this season and he is a best price of 12/5 with Bet365 to score at any time.
Crystal Palace took a heavy beating in mid-week, but back on home soil they can get back to their good form with another narrow win.