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PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Burnley

London calling as Clarets kick off capital trips with big game at Palace

1 December 2018

The Clarets launch a long-distance run at Crystal Palace on Saturday with the first of three trips to London before Christmas.

Burnley go to Selhurst Park, Wembley and the Emirates Stadium in their next three away games as December brings a heavy workload of seven games in 30 days – quickly followed by a New Year trip to Huddersfield Town and the third round of the FA Cup.

London has not been a happy hunting ground for the Clarets in recent times, with defeats to West Ham and Fulham this season and a 5-0 loss to Arsenal in what was effectively a dead rubber back in May.

But beyond that, the capital brought the best out of Burnley with some of their biggest results coming in the city last season.

Sean Dyche guided Burnley to a crucial win at Crystal palace in April, 2017

It all started at Chelsea on the opening day with a famous 3-2 win over the champions.

And after following up with a point against Tottenham at Wembley, Sean Dyche’s men recorded their biggest away win of the campaign at West Ham in March as they closed in on a place in Europe.

A 1-0 defeat at Palace last January was a blip along the way as a first-half Bakary Sako goal have the Eagles the points.

But Roy Hodgson’s side haven’t taken off on the back of last season’s remarkable rescue mission with no home wins yet so far and a dearth of goals on their own patch.

And while the Clarets’ slow start this time around has them behind Palace on goal difference - and in the bottom three following Cardiff City's Friday night win over Wolves - Dyche will travel south with confidence in his team.

“Monday, I believe, was a performance that can win games. We have to continue on that level,” said the Burnley boss following a 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle United.

“It’s about progressing and keeping producing performances that can win games and we’re showing better signs of that.

“Now, of course, we’ve got to turn it actually into fact. We’ve got to win games because that’s the nature of the job.”

Team news

Johann Berg Gudmundsson returns to the Clarets’ squad after missing Monday night’s defeat to Newcastle through illness. James Tarkowski may also be back in contention after two games out following hernia surgery.

Palace will again be without injured striker Christian Benteke, but defender Scott Dann and forward Connor Wickham are available following long-term injuries.

Form guide

The Clarets go to Selhurst Park looking to end their six-game winless run.

Palace drew at Manchester United a week ago but haven’t won in eight league games since a 1-0 success at Huddersfield Town in mid-September.

Aside from Southampton, the Eagles are the only side without a home Premier League win this season and have collected just two points at Selhurst Park.

Palace’s only two goals at home this season have come from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Opposition camp

Palace manager Roy Hodgson, whose side play four sides currently in the bottom half of the table in their next six games, said: “We don't go into a game thinking, 'this is a game we’re favourites in'.

“We go in thinking, 'this is a game we’ve got a chance to win and we have to do our utmost to get the points and to win'.

“If the players think we have an easy run because we had a hard run before, then we are in massive trouble.

“Burnley are organised and strong. I would put this particular moment in the season down to the haphazard nature of football.

“I wouldn’t put it down to them being weak or vulnerable in terms of their defending. I would put it down to the nature of football, which throws up these facts.”

Stat of the day

Since the start of last season, Clarets top scorer Sam Vokes has scored five Premier League headers. Only Harry Kane (eight) and Alvaro Morata (seven) have more.

Referee

Lee Probert

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Crystal Palace 2 Burnley 0

Clarets' winless run continues as Palace end goal drought to cruise to victory

1 December 2018

A fifth defeat in six games left the Clarets in the Premier League’s bottom three as Crystal Palace eased their own concerns at the wrong end of the table.

Cardiff’s Friday night win over Wolves had pushed Burnley into the relegation places, with Palace only clear of the drop zone on goal difference.

But it was the Eagles who took off with a first win since mid-September as they ended their Selhurst Park goal drought.

Roy Hodgson’s side hadn’t scored from open play at home all season - and some of their finishing hinted at why.

But goals in either half from James McArthur and Andros Townsend were still enough to secure the most comfortable of wins which should have been more emphatic.

Joe Hart did his best to keep the Clarets afloat with a handful of fine saves.

But even his efforts weren’t enough to bring an end to a worrying run for Sean Dyche’s side, who must now re-group for back-to-back home games against Liverpool and Brighton before two more tough trips to London to play Arsenal and Tottenham before Christmas.

The Clarets had gone back to something like a tried and tested formula with Jeff Hendrick returning as the linkman between midfield and attack and Johann Berg Gudmundsson also back on the left flank following illness.

But the change didn’t inspire an immediate change of fortunes as Palace quickly grabbed control in pursuit of a first win in nine games.

Both of Palace’s two previous goals at home this season had come from the penalty spot. But it took them just 16 minutes to end the wait and go in front.

Hart had already made one superb save, touching away a low curling effort from Max Meyer at full stretch.

But the Clarets’ keeper was powerless to keep out an effort from McArthur, which was intended as a cross but eluded the touch of the on-rushing Meyer and squeezed inside the far post.

The busy Meyer was a constant threat and bent another shot inches wide as Palace looked to double the lead.

The Clarets at least steadied the ship and enjoyed a growing amount of possession.

But a half-chance for Chris Wood, who couldn’t reach a cross from Matt Lowton, was the nearest they came to an equaliser before half-time.

And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two keepers and he did his best to keep Burnley in the contest.

The England international reacted well to touch over a deflected shot from dangerman Wilfried Zaha five minutes before the break.

And then following the re-start, he made an even better stop to deny the Palace talisman again as Zaha again made space to let fly.

The Clarets were hanging on by their finger-tips as Zaha then blazed over after being released by Townsend as Palace raided forward at will.

And captain Luka Milivojevic was then guilty of a worse miss when he dragged a shot wide of the target after a superb pass from Patrick van Aanholt had left him with a clear sight of goal.

When Hart denied Zaha again with an hour gone there was a feeling Palace may pay for their wastefulness, which increased further following Charlie Taylor’s remarkable block to keep out what looked like a certain second goal from McArthur.

But the Clarets couldn’t muster any pressure to spread doubt in the home ranks as it remained near one-way traffic with Zaha crashing a shot against the underside of the bar, Hart grabbing a header from McArthur as the Scotland international followed up.

Dyche had sent on Sam Vokes and the top scorer might have had a sniff of goal and an unlikely equaliser had he been able to control a fine ball forward from Taylor.

But with 13 minutes to go came the inevitable as Palace finally made it 2-0 to guarantee a first home win since the final day of last season.

And Townsend did it in style, again getting the chance to run at the Burnley defence and this time cutting in to arrow a delightful left-foot shot beyond a helpless Hart and into the top corner.

The visitors had barely created a chance and any prospect of giving Palace some late concern disappeared with five minutes remaining of a chastening afternoon.

Vokes' header down from only Burnley's second corner of the game was pounced on by Ashley Barnes, but the substitute lifted a close-range snap-shot over the top as the Clarets were given another stark reminder of the scale of the challenge now facing them.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; Kouyate, McArthur, Milivojevic, Meyer (Puncheon 90); Townsend (Sorloth 88), Zaha. Substitutes: Guaita, Ward, Schlupp, Kelly, Ayew.

Booked: Meyer

Burnley: Hart; Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour (Vokes 60), Lennon (Brady HT); Hendrick, Wood (Barnes 79). Substitutes: Heaton, Tarkowski, Bardsley, Westwood.

Booked: Mee

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 25,098

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