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PREVIEW: Burnley v Crystal Palace

Tale of the tape as the Clarets look to launch another run back at the Turf.

2 March 2019

Two sides with almost identical records meet at Turf Moor as the Clarets look to re-boot following their Tuesday night defeat at Newcastle.

With Crystal Palace also losing in mid-week, both teams remain on 30 points with eight wins, six draws and 14 losses apiece.

There’s also only one goal between them but Palace’s superior goal difference has them sitting one spot above the Clarets in 14th place.

More importantly, both are five points clear of the final relegation place currently occupied by Cardiff City and hoping to keep looking upwards, rather than over their shoulders.

The Clarets will certainly see nothing to change their outlook after a 2-0 loss at St James’ Park which takes little of the gloss off the eight-match unbeaten that had propelled them out of the bottom three.

“One loss in nine has a decent ring to it, in the sense that it was a good before that,” said Dyche.

“Generally, I’ve been pleased with the performances. We’ve got to make sure it’s just a bump and we get on with it.”

Dyche will again lock horns with former England Roy Hodgson, who at 71 has just surpassed Sir Bobby Robson’s record as the oldest Premier League manager.

The Burnley boss has great respect for his Palace counterpart, now managing his 20th club in his 43rd year as manager, and his assistant Ray Lewington, who managed him at Watford.

But Dyche has made it clear he doesn’t plan to still be in the dug-out in his seventies.

Team news

The Clarets hopes to have midfielder Ashley Westwood back after recovering from the illness that forced him to miss Tuesday night’s defeat at Newcastle United.

Teenage winger Dwight McNeil was replaced at half time at St James’ Park but is still firmly in contention to start his 12th successive game, according to the manager.

Aaron Lennon and Steven Defour remain sidelined.

Full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is fit to return for Palace after missing three games with a hamstring injury.

But central defender Mamadou Sakho is still out after under-going surgery on a knee problem, and the Eagles are also without Pape Souare and striker Connor Wickham.

Form guide

There’s not much to separate the sides regarding league positions – Palace ahead only on goal difference – and both teams have also just seen impressive runs come to an end.

The Clarets’ mid-week defeat at Newcastle was their first loss in nine league games, while Palace’s 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United ended a six-game unbeaten run.

That stretch included two FA Cup wins, with the Eagles into the quarter-finals with a visit to Watford to come in the middle of the month.

In the Premier League, Roy Hodgson’s side has been more productive away from home than they have been at Selhurst Park.

A 2-0 win over Burnley at the start of December is one of only three victories Palace have enjoyed at home this season.

On their travels, they have won seven times – including a 4-1 success last time out at Leicester City to spell the end of Claude Puel’s time in charge of the Foxes.

But the Clarets are on song at home with three wins – including last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham - and a draw at Turf Moor in their last four league games.

Opposition camp

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "I have a huge respect for Roy, not just for his footballing standing, but he’s a proper gentleman in my experience, and someone who treats you with respect, no matter what your age or standing in the game. I have a lot of time for that.

"He’s the oldest manager in the Premier League and his years of service to the game in different countries, cultures and environments should be recognised; as should the fact he is still going and still has the fight to continue. That fire inside is the key thing."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “A win is always possible, but you have to perform well to get it.

“Every team causes you problems. Every teams has its strengths and we make sure the players are under no illusions of what they have to face. The league gets stronger every year in that respect.

“We have a professional group and I don’t have to remind them that every game is important. A win moves you forward, and a defeat sends you backwards. We aren’t fooling ourselves. It is no great margin, five points.”

Match stats

Crystal Palace have won only once in their last 10 visits to Turf Moor.

The last five top-flight fixtures between the clubs at Turf Moor have produced 20 goals.

The Clarets have scored in each of their last eight league games at Turf Moor. Palace have scored in their last eight away matches.

The Clarets’ last 49 Premier League goals have all been scored inside the penalty area.

Referee

Lee Probert

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Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 3

Second successive defeat leaves Clarets with work to do as Palace take points

2 March 2019

A first home defeat since Boxing Day further slowed the Clarets’ momentum as Crystal Palace took the chance to close in on Premier League safety.

The sides started the day level on points, but while Burnley still have work to do to keep the bottom three at arm’s length, Palace can continue to breath more easily thanks to a sixth away win of the season.

The margin of victory might have been flattering as Palace won with a Phil Bardsley own-goal and second-half efforts from Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha with two of their first three shots on target.

But while Sean Dyche’s men had no shortage of possession or territorial advantage they couldn’t make it count on a frustrating afternoon.

And the Clarets could have no complaints at a second defeat in a row as they didn’t test Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey enough until the dying moments when Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit and Peter Crouch was denied his first Burnley goal by a fine save from the Wales international.

Palace’s away record is better than that at Selhurst Park – where they beat the Clarets at the start of December during Burnley’s mid-winter struggles.

Dyche’s side is currently a different proposition but still fell behind from the visitors’ first meaningful attack with a quarter of an hour gone.

There was a huge of slice of luck needed, however, for Palace to extend their scoring record away from home to a ninth successive game.

Zaha’s burst of pace opened the door but when Jeffrey Schlupp retrieved his low cross with a ball back into the middle, Clarets full-back Bardsley could do nothing about the deflection that put it past Tom Heaton and into his own net.

Heaton was a virtual spectator for the remainder of the half as the Clarets staged an impressive response.

But for all their pressure, Burnley – with a well-again Ashley Westwood back to pull the strings in central midfield as Johann Berg Gudmundsson reverted to an initial seat on the bench – couldn’t find an equaliser before the break.

Chris Wood had the best chance from Barnes’ neat lay-off, but Hennessey stood up well to make a decent block with his right arm.

Barnes then dragged a shot wide after Jack Cork had won another tackle to keep Burnley moving forward as they spent a period camped outside the visitors’ penalty area.

And Jeff Hendrick then saw an effort blocked following a barn-storming run down the left from Charlie Taylor as Palace soaked up the spell of pressure.

With a need to sharpen the Clarets’ cutting edge, Dyche sent on Gudmundsson at the start of the second half.

But the Icelander had barely had chance to get a touch when Palace doubled their lead with their first real chance, on-loan Chelsea striker Batshuayi wrapping his foot around a low cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka got forward to score with an excellent first-time finish.

With Newcastle the only side in the bottom half of the table to have conceded fewer goals than Palace’s back line, that left the Clarets facing a major task to get back into the contest.

The outstretched leg of Scott Dann stopped Barnes potentially pulling one back after Wood had nodded a Cork cross back across goal.

And Barnes also hooked a volley wide after Hennessey failed to deal with an up-and-under from Bardsley.

But Palace know how to defend under ex-England boss Roy Hodgson, with only three sides in the division boasting more than their nine clean sheets, and whenever Burnley put the ball in the box inevitably there was a white shirt in the way.

The Eagles then had a great chance to add a third as a wind-assisted long ball forward from Wan-Bissaka carried all the way through to Batshuayi who knocked the ball past Heaton but straight out of play.

That proved to be just a short-lived reprieve for the Clarets, though, as Palace put the game beyond Burnley’s reach by adding to their lead 15 minutes from the end.

Again, the Clarets were stretched on the break and even though they alleviated the immediate danger, Palace re-cycled the ball for Zaha’s dancing feet to create the space for a shot he drilled low through a crowd of players and past Heaton.

Barnes did pull a goal back with a minute to go when he headed home a Westwood cross to move into double figures for the season.

And had the finger tips of Hennessey not kept out a shot on the turn from substitute Peter Crouch with the best part of five minutes of added time to go, an unlikely comeback might have been on the cards.

But it was a case of too little, too late for the Clarets, who slipped a place to 16th in the table but still five points clear of the relegation places with nine games to go.

Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Gudmundsson HT), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Brady 72); Barnes, Wood (Crouch 81). Substitutes: Lowton, Gibson, Vydra, Hart.

Booked: Mee

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Dann, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; Meyer (McArthur 71), Kouyate, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Batshuayi (Benteke 83), Zaha (Townsend 78). Substitutes: Ward, Kelly, Ayew, Guaita.

Booked: Tomkins

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 19,233

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