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Palace v Burnley: Big Preview

5 October 2012

Facts and stats ahead of Saturday's big game at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace v Burnley

 

Selhurst Park 06/10/12 (kick-off 3pm)

 

Overview

 

The Clarets are looking to extend an unbeaten three-match run and make it back-to-back away wins.

But they could hardly face a sterner test against one of the form sides of the division.

After a slow start to the season which culminated in a fourth straight defeat at Preston in the Capital One Cup at the end of August, the Eagles have taken off thanks to a run of five wins and a draw in their last six games.

That run, including a win over top-of-the-table Cardiff and successive victories at Bolton and Wolves, has propelled Dougie Freedman’s side to seventh place in the table, level on points with Blackpool in fourth.

Having brought in a handful of players with Championship experience during the summer, Freedman also held onto exciting forward prospect Wilfried Zaha, whose combination with top scorer Glenn Murray is proving fruitful.

However, neither – or indeed anyone in the country – can match the goal-scoring power of Burnley striker Charlie Austin.

And with Austin in the form of his life, thanks to 14 goals already this season, the Clarets will be hopeful of backing up their win at Derby County to get over the disappointment of dropping four home points in their last two games to go into the international break on a high.

 

Last ten matches

 

Burnley: DDLWLWLDLL

Crystal Palace: WWWDWWLLLL

 

Crystal Palace key man

 

Nineteen-year-old striker or wideman Wilfried Zaha is rated as one of the top young prospects in the Championship with his pace and ability to beat a man a headache for defenders.

Sent off at Turf Moor last season he won’t have the happiest of memories of playing the Clarets. With only nine league goals in his career he is hardly prolific either.

But last season’s Football League Young Player of the Year makes chances for others and after scoring both Palace’s goals in their mid-week win at Wolves his confidence will be high.

 

Last time out

 

Burnley 3 (Austin 22, 38, 84) Sheffield Wednesday 3 (O’Grady 23, 64, Antonio 85)

Burnley: Grant, Duff (Long 89), Edgar, Mee, Trippier, Wallace, Marney , Stock, Stanislas (Vokes 89), Paterson (Stewart 70), Austin. Subs: Mills, O’Neill, Bartley, Jensen. 

 

Sheffield Wed: Kirkland, Taylor, Gardner, Mattock, Johnson, Semedo, Antonio, Barkley, O’Grady (Madine 82), Bothroyd, Pecnik (McCabe 46). Subs: Jones, Rodri, Llera, Mayor, Bywater.

Attendance: 12,122

 

Wolves 1 (Ebanks-Blake 53) Crystal Palace 2 (Zaha 67, 73)

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley (Edwards 82), Berra, Ward, Johnson, Henry  (Davis 58), Sako, Peszko (Sigurdarson 69), Doumbia, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle. Subs: Forde, Batth, Stearman, De Vries. 

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Moxey, Ward, Delaney, Williams (Parr 71), Garvan, Blake, Bolasie (Moritz 62), Jedinak, Murray, Zaha (Ramage 88). Subs: Wilbraham, O’Keefe, Goodwillie, Price.

Attendance: 19,561

 

Last meeting at Selhurst Park

 

13/08/11

Crystal Palace 2 (Parr 10, Garvan pen 67) Burnley 0

C Palace: Speroni, McCarthy, Ramage, Tunchev, McGivern, Ambrose (Dikgacoi 49), Wright, Garvan, Parr, Easter (Zaha 71), Scannell (Andrew 83). Subs: Jedinak, Price. 

Burnley: Grant, Amougou, Edgar (Austin 63), Easton, Mee, Trippier, Wallace , McCann, Elliott, Treacy (Bartley 72), Rodriguez. Subs: Marney, Duff, Jensen.

Attendance: 13,167

 

Team news

 

Burnley: Captain Jason Shackell is edging nearer a return after missing two games with injury but defensive side-kick Michael Duff may be a doubt after picking up a knock in mid-week.

Midfielder Chris McCann faces a fitness check on a knee injury which kept him out of Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Crystal Palace: Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is set to return after missing Palace’s mid-week win at Wolves and could replace Jonny Williams. Captain Paddy McCarthy is still out and defender Danny Gabbidon is not expected to figure.

 

They say

 

Eddie Howe: “The last two draws may have felt like defeats but they are points on the board and we were looking for a consistent run of unbeaten games, so hopefully we can extended that at Palace.”

 

Dougie Freedman: "We have a great bunch of lads who work hard and they are getting rewarded with the results we are now getting."

 

Referee: Roger East

 

Saturday’s Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)

 

Birmingham v Huddersfield

Blackburn v Wolves

Blackpool v Charlton

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Derby v Brighton

Leeds v Barnsley

Leicester v Bristol C

Millwall v Bolton

Peterborough v Nottm Forest

Sheff Wed v Hull

Watford v Middlesbrough

Ipswich v Cardiff (5.20pm)


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