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The Palace Preview: Burnley

1 December 2018

Crystal Palace take on Burnley at Selhurst Park this Saturday for a 15.00 kick-off, the two teams sitting directly above and below one another; with Palace on top in 17th and Burnley just below in 18th.

Since Clarets manager Sean Dyche took over the reigns from now Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe in 2012, Burnley have spent two consecutive seasons in the country’s top-flight for the first time since 1976. They finished 7th last season, then enjoying six games against European opposition in the Europa League, which they only lost one of.

This season, however, the Clarets have suffered. With 13 points less now than they had at this point last year, Dyche’s side have conceded the second most goals in the league despite having enjoyed one of the best defensive records of any team in 2017/18.

And while Palace have struggled for goals of late, they can take confidence in Burnley’s poor defensive record: the visitors having conceded at least four goals in their past three visits to play in London.

The Eagles were boosted both going forward and in defence last week, as manager Roy Hodgson was able to call upon an almost entirely fit squad to face Manchester United. His side went on to earn a well-fought draw that will no doubt boost their momentum for Saturday.

However, one man who will be looking to put a stop to any building impetus for Palace will be Sam Vokes, who has been with Burnley since 2012. The forward has scored three times so far this season, including in the Claret’s last game: a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United.

Five of Vokes’ last six goals have come from his head, and so Palace will be keen to defend tightly at set-pieces and from crosses in particular. However, the 29-year-old has only made the bench today.

And though this fixture may look to some as destined to be a low-scoring affair, it was only six years ago that the two clubs battled it out in truly remarkable style; scoring seven goals between them in an eye-catching 4-3 Palace win.

In 2012, as Palace sat in fourth-place, later that season going on to earn promotion to the Premier League, 14th-placed Burnley began to pull off a shock win at Selhurst Park when they scored twice in an October league fixture’s opening thirty minutes.

However, Palace weren’t to be defeated and responded by netting four consecutive goals to claim all three points that day for themselves. Charlie Austin gave the game a tense finish by scoring Burnley’s third in the 81st minute, but it wasn't quite enough to steal a point.

The match was well attended for the time and saw Wilfried Zaha bag a brace, as well as a certain 22-year-old Kieran Trippier find himself entering Roger East’s notebook. It became Palace’s seventh running league game undefeated, and they took 19 points from a possible 21.

Both teams will have been cautious of Cardiff City’s game against an out-of-form Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night, as the Bluebirds overtook each with their 2-1 win. Palace have to win today to finish the weekend above them.

Away from the pitch, however, fans should be aware of Scott Cunliffe, a man taking a rather unorthodox mode of transport for each Burnley away day this season.

Scott is running to every one of Burnley’s 19 away league games for this campaign, looking to raise money for great causes both in Burnley and across the rest of England via Premier League club’s respective charities. Overall, he will run around 3,000 miles, with every journey starting at Turf Moor and ending at the Claret’s host’s home stadium before the match.

The run to Selhurst Park will take seven days and is 235 miles in length. If you want to support Scott’s incredible effort - dubbed the RunAway Challenge - you can donate by texting AWAY19 £3 to 70070.

Team news

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Kouyaté, Milivojevic, Meyer, Townsend, Zaha.

Subs: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Schlupp, Puncheon, Sørloth, Ayew.

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Defour, Cork, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Wood.

Subs: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Westwood, Brady, Barnes, Vokes.

For live coverage, tickets and travel information and more, head over to our comprehensive matchday guide.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley

1 December 2018

Palace finally ended their long wait for a home win against Burnley, and they claimed the three points in style as goals from James McArthur and Andros Townsend secured an important win.

The result doesn’t quite tell the whole story after what was a dominant display by Roy Hodgson’s team, who allowed their opponents two attempts all game while peppering Joe Hart’s goal throughout, but they required Lady Luck to shine on them for the breakthrough when McArthur’s 16th minute cross found its way into the net.

It seemed only a matter of time until the second arrived but after numerous opportunities were squandered, it took until the 77th minute for Palace to secure their first win in nine thanks to a sensational long-range strike from Andros Townsend that ensured the home fans left Selhurst Park happy for the first time this season, and register their 100th win in the Premier League and 200th in the top-flight.

Buoyed by their great display last weekend at Old Trafford, Palace began brightly and attacked their opponents from the off. Just eight minutes had passed when Max Meyer whipped the ball towards the bottom corner and forced Joe Hart to make an excellent save, and Patrick van Aanholt drove straight at the Burnley shot-stopper from range soon after.

It was all Hodgson’s team in the opening exchanges and thus when the lead did come after 16 minutes, it was warranted even in the bizarre circumstances that saw it was netted. McArthur found Townsend with a throw-in who returned it to the Scotsman, and he sent a dangerous cross into the area that eluded Meyer and the surrounding defenders, clipped the far post and sneaked behind Hart into the net.

The one-way traffic continued throughout the first half and Meyer again came close to netting his first Eagles goal when he bent towards the opposite corner to his first attempt but was a whisker wide, and Van Aanholt and Luka Milivojevic saw a pair of thumping volleys deflected wide as the hosts couldn’t quite find the two-goal cushion they deserved for their first half efforts.

They came ever so close to getting it within 90 seconds of the restart when Wilfried Zaha received the ball on the edge of the area, tied Matthew Lowton in knots and fizzed a shot towards the target but Hart produced a fingertip save to divert it over, and then Zaha blazed over the top when fed by Townsend as all the action continued to be contained in the Burnley half.

The second half resembled an Eagles shooting practice at times but great chances continued to be wasted. Milivojevic looked set to score when he was picked out by a clever Van Aanholt pass but screwed well wide, Hart had to deal with another Zaha blast before McArthur acrobatically turned the rebound off target, and then the goalscorer seemed set to tap home a Van Aanholt cut-back but a fantastic last-ditch challenge by Charlie Taylor nudged the ball over.

And just to add to the anxiety in SE25, the woodwork was rattled when Zaha bent towards the top corner and beat Hart but the ball rattled off the bar, and landed for McArthur to head goalwards but the Clarets keeper recovered to make a comfortable catch.

But finally, finally Palace got a second with 13 minutes to go - and if the first was fortunate, there was no doubting the quality of the second. Cheikhou Kouyaté played a raking pass towards the left flank for Townsend to chase, and he cut inside and unleashed a rocket of a shot that whizzed straight past the despairing dive of Hart and allowed the relief to pour out of the home supporters.

Having only mustered a weak blocked shot all game, Burnley finally threatened Wayne Hennessey’s goal when Ashley Barnes poked over Sam Vokes’ knock-down, but the Eagles keeper remarkably wouldn’t have to dirty his gloves all game as Hodgson’s men cruised to a deserved win.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur (Schlupp 78), Kouyaté, Milivojevic, Meyer (Puncheon 90), Townsend (Sørloth 88), Zaha. Subs: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Ayew.

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Lennon (Brady 45), Defour (Vokes 60), Cork, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Wood (Barnes 80). Subs: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Westwood.

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT: Another Capacity Crowd Today at Selhurst Park

1 December 2018

Tickets for Crystal Palace's home match against Burnley have now sold-out.

The game, which kicks off at 15.00, will see the two clubs compete just one place apart in the Premier League table.

And watching them will be yet another capacity crowd at Selhurst Park, as tickets have sold-out for general sale. 

If you haven't bought your ticket for the game, you can listen to full commentary of it via Palace Audio for just £1.49.

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