Crystal Palace travel to Burnley on Saturday (15:00 GMT), with both sides tied on 30 points and sharing remarkably similar records.
In the Premier League this season, both sides have played 28, won eight, drawn six and lost 14. Roy Hodgson's men have scored just one more goal than Sean Dyche’s side, but have a far superior defensive record and therefore goal difference (-6 vs -19), with the sides occupying 14th and 15th, in favour of the south London club.
Honours in Premier League clashes with each other are also mirrored, with both sides having beaten each other three times, sharing one draw.
Palace will be buoyed by the two most recent outings against Burnley, having won both – albeit both at Selhurst Park, not Turf Moor. However, Palace’s away record at the picturesque ground presents some cause for concern, having only won one in 10 (drawing four and losing five).
Furthermore, Burnley are unbeaten in four league games at home; winning three (West Ham United, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur) and drawing one (Southampton).
Both sides lost in midweek after recent good form, Palace succumbing to the in-form Manchester United (1-3), whilst Burnley fell to Newcastle United (0-2).
An Andros Townsend wonder-strike and a lethal James McArthur cross that ended in the back of the net from the right wing was enough to seal all three points back in December. Max Meyer was awarded Man of the Match by readers of cpfc.co.uk for his dazzling display.
Mamadou Sakho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both missed the Manchester United loss, however the latter is now available to play. Sakho is progressing well following a successful operation, but will not travel tomorrow. Pape Souare is out, though Hodgson suggested that he is returning to fitness well.
Dyche will be assessing the health of regular midfield starter Ashley Westwood, who missed the Newcastle game through illness. Aaron Lennon, Steven Defour and Jonathan Walters are unlikely to feature as long-term absentees.
Dyche tends to opt for a traditional 4-4-2, with Tom Heaton currently in favour over Joe Hart between the sticks. Burnley’s last eight Premier League goals have been scored by either Chris Wood or Ashley Barnes, notching four each. Indeed, Chris Wood scored the sole goal in this fixture last season – a game that would be Frank de Boer’s last as Palace manager.
Hodgson has recently favoured a flat back four, a midfield three featuring two holding midfielders, two attacking wide players and a sole striker. In the last two league matches, the Palace manager has employed Michy Batshuayi as the number 9, supported with the electric pace of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha.
Burnley’s last 49 Premier League goals have all been scored inside the box – the last team to have a longer run were Palace, scoring 56 close-rangers between September 2016 and December 2017.
Meet the ref
Lee Probert will be the man with the whistle (who incidentally officiated the meeting of the sides in December too), joined by Simon Beck and Andy Garratt as his assistants and Robert Jones on the sidelines as fourh official.
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