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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.


Lee Probert


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