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PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Burnley

Memories revived for Nick Pope as Clarets head for the Palace

29 June 2020

The Clarets make the testing trip to the capital to face Crystal Palace with a place in the top eight of the Premier League up for grabs.

Only goal difference separates the two sides and three points tonight would lift the winners above both Arsenal and Sheffield United and level on points with seventh-placed Tottenham.

Palace return home for the first time since the league’s restart, having played both their opening games on the road.

And for the Clarets, it’s the first of two trips to London during their run-in to the campaign.

The current protocols in place around COVID-19 make the logistics more demanding with the travelling party requiring three coaches to meet them off the train south to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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It’s quite a journey, although perhaps not as eventful as the one enjoyed by Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope since he made his Premier League debut against Palace in September, 2017.

Replacing the injured Tom Heaton, Pope made the perfect start in a 1-0 win which kick-started a career trajectory that has made him Burnley’s number-one, part of a World Cup semi-final squad and co-leader in this season’s race to win the top-flight’s golden glove – all via a shoulder injury which denied him a Premier League appearance last season.

“My first game off the bench against Crystal Palace, at home, is a game I’d never forget,” said Pope as he prepares to face the Eagles again.

“My Premier League debut and to win, and for myself and for the team to go on and  end up in Europe at the end of that season was great.

“It’ll always be the start for me and it will always be a game I’ll remember as one of my favourites throughout my whole career.”

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Pope couldn’t count that shut-out against Palace as a clean sheet on his personal tally after not starting the game.

That means he set a new mark when helping the Clarets beat Watford 1-0 last Thursday night, moving level at the top of the pile with Liverpool’s Allison, who was unbeaten in the Reds’ 4-0 win over Palace the night before.

“Obviously goalscorers look at goals and keepers look at clean sheets, so it’s nice to be up there,” Pope added.

“I think two years ago we got 11, so it’s nice to break that record as a personal goal and as a team and with 12 games to go it would be great to get 14-15, however many it may be.

“It would be great to set a marker and really break the record as much as we can.”

Team news

The Clarets will again be missing strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood and widemen Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

But Burnley hope Jay Rodriguez – who scored the winner against Watford last Thursday night – will shake off a couple of knocks to be fit to start.

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Palace hope goalkeeper Vicente Guaita will be fit to return after missing their 4-0 loss to Liverpool.

Winger Wilfried Zaha limped off early at Anfield with a calf injury and is a doubt, along with striker Christian Benteke.

Defenders James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp are all ruled out.

Form guide

The Clarets secured their first points since lockdown with a 1-0 win over Watford last Thursday night.

Helped by a 12th clean sheet of the campaign, Burnley have now lost just one of their last nine league games either side of the break.

Palace restarted with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth before losing 4-0 at Liverpool last Wednesday night as the Reds prepared to celebrate their title triumph.

Roy Hodgson’s side – level on points with the Clarets – had been on a three-match winning run before shutdown.

Opposition camp

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on his side’s first home game behind closed doors: “Yes, we will miss that the atmosphere, there’s no doubt about that.

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“I think the fans will miss being there, too, of course. However, one of the things that one hopes for with our club, is that support is a very loyal and fervent support.

“One thing we do know, even though they aren’t there physically, they’re there in spirit. We know that their thoughts, prayers, hopes and desire to push us on to victory will be there from wherever they’re watching and whatever medium they’re watching the game on.

“We feel their presence and we welcome that. But it is going to be very, very different.”

Match Stats

Clarets skipper Ben Mee is set to make his 300th league appearance for the Clarets.

Defensive partner James Tarkowski is in line to play his 300th game in club football.

The pair have started the Clarets’ last 55 Premier League games together. That run started following a 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace in December, 2018 when Tarkowski was absent.

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Burnley striker Matej Vydra is expected to make his 50th Premier League appearance.

Only Liverpool and Manchester City have bettered the Clarets’ total of five league wins in 2020.

In nine Premier League meetings between the two sides there has been only one draw.


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REPORT: Crystal Palace 0 Burnley 1

Ben Mee scores winner on landmark night as injury-hit Clarets keep climbing

29 June 2020

Ben Mee marked his 300th league appearance for the Clarets with a famous winner as Burnley moved up to eighth place in the Premier League – and what could be a European qualification place.

Mee has proved himself a magnificent leader on and off the pitch in these recent trying times - and the Clarets’ captain did it again with a first goal since January, 2017.

The defender dived to head home in the 62nd minute as Sean Dyche’s men again defied the odds to move above Palace in the table with a second successive win since the league's restart.

Down to the bare bones because of injury, the Clarets again couldn’t fill their bench.

But magnificently they met the challenge with Mee just one of a dozen heroes as he proved a tower of strength at both ends of the pitch on a memorable night in London.

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The Clarets’ resources were stretched almost to breaking point, with Jay Rodriguez and Matt Lowton added to the injured list to take the number of senior absentees post-lockdown into double figures.

Phil Bardsley and Erik Pieters returned to the starting line-up, with young midfielder Mace Goodridge added to the bench which was still two short of the maximum allowed.

Pieters took up a spot on the left-hand side of midfield, with Dwight McNeil moving inside to supplement the Clarets’ attacking resources which had Matej Vydra as the only fit senior striker available.

And McNeil revelled in the freer role as a fulcrum for the Clarets’ forward movements in a first half in which the Dyche’s men were the better side.

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With Ashley Westwood dictating play from in front of the Burnley back four, in which the immaculate James Tarkowski was playing his 300th game in club football as Mee's rock-solid partner, the visitors saw more of the ball.

And the best shooting chances came the Clarets’ way in the shape of McNeil.

The 20-year-old, gliding around like he owned the place, lifted his first effort over the top after Patrick van Aanholt had cleared a Westwood corner from in front of goal.

At the end of another typically driving run he then shot too close to Palace keeper Vicente Guaita and following a neat link with Josh Brownhill – having his best game yet in a Burnley shirt – might have been disappointed not to have found the target with the chance to curl one inside the far post.

Vydra and Pieters were also given the sniff of a chance from a delightful Westwood delivery, while Palace – whose goal tally is better than only bottom club Norwich City – managed just one long-range effort from Jordan Ayew which was comfortably gathered by Nick Pope.

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The Clarets’ keeper was further extended seven minutes into the second half by a skidding effort from former Burnley loanee Gary Cahill as Palace – playing at home for the first time since lockdown – enjoyed a spell on top.

But the Clarets rode it out and with an hour gone grabbed the lead through the unlikely figure of Mee.

Not for the first time McNeil eased the pressure with an excellent run stopped by Palace substitute James McCarthy, who was booked for his trouble.

And when Westwood swung in the free-kick, Mee threw himself to steer a diving header in off the post and the hand of Guaita.

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That left Burnley half an hour to negotiate and they had to much of it without Jack Cork after the midfielder added to the Clarets’ injury woes, limping off to be replaced by Kevin Long as Burnley went to five at the back with McNeil filling Cork’s slot in midfield.

It was backs-to-the-wall stuff at times with Ayew and Luka Milivojevic passing up two heading chances as the game entered its final 10 minutes.

Pope also denied Ayew with a sprawling late save as Palace piled men forward.

But with the England man making it 13 clean sheets for the season as his team-mates refused to budge, the Clarets won for only the second time in 14 league trips to Selhurst Park to continue their remarkable climb towards a European challenge.

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Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, van Aanholt; Milivojevic; Townsend (Meyer 77), Kouyate (McCarthy HT), McArthur, Zaha; Ayew. Substitutes: Hennessey, Sakho, Woods, Tavares, Mitchell, Pierrick, Riedewald.

Booked: McCarthy

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brownhill, Westwood, Cork (Long 70), McNeil; McNeil; Vydra. Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Jensen, Long, Thompson, Dunne, Thomas, Goodridge.

Booked: Tarkowski

Referee: Simon Hooper

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Crystal Palace v Burnley

6 March 2020

Everything you need to know relating to tickets for the Clarets trip to Selhurst Park in April

Crystal Palace v Burnley
Saturday 4th April
Kick off – 15:00
Agreed allocation –  1100


Adults - £30

Over 65s - £20

Under 22 - £20

Under 18 - £16

Full time student - £20

Loyalty points schedule

Season ticket holders with 6000 points (maximum 1 per clarets number)
Online only – Saturday 14th March at 12:30pm
Ticket office – Monday 16th March at 9:15am

Season ticket holders with 4000 points (maximum 1 per clarets number)
Online only – Monday 16th March at 5:00pm
Ticket office – Tuesday 17th March at 9:15am

Season ticket holders with 2000 points (maximum 1 per clarets number)
Online only – Tuesday 17th March at 5:00pm
Ticket office – Wednesday 18th March at 9:15am

Season ticket holders (maximum 1 per clarets number)
Online only – Wednesday 18th March at 5:00pm
Ticket office – Thursday 19th March at 9:15am

General sale (maximum 4 per clarets number)
Online and ticket office – Friday 20th March at 9:15am

Please note: you will need to use a clarets number with purchase history in order to buy tickets for this game.

Ticket sales

The methods of sale are online, in person or by postal application.

The final day for online sales is Wednesday 1st April at 12pm. We will not post any tickets after this date.

The final sales date is Friday 3rd April at 12pm.


Important information regarding online sales for this fixture:

The tickets are to be collected from the ticket office at Burnley Football Club if you select 'collect' as the fulfilment option for this fixture.

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