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Palace Preview: Eagles seeking consecutive home victories in Burnley clash

13 February 2021

Crystal Palace are looking to get back to winning ways after their Monday night defeat to Leeds United when facing Burnley this Saturday (13th February).

Meanwhile, the Clarets are looking to build upon their strong second-half performance against Brighton & Hove Albion, where they earned a point in a 1-1 draw.

Palace face a Burnley side who have also been in midweek cup action against AFC Bournemouth – a 2-0 Cherries win. The Clarets played a largely rotated side in this cup clash but a few key players including Dwight McNeil played from the start and can be expected to feature again at Selhurst.

Sean Dyche’s men are sitting six points behind Palace with a game in hand, so the south Londoners will be looking for three points to open the gap and head towards the top half of the table.

Palace fans will be hoping to see more of Jean-Philippe Mateta, who made his debut against Leeds. Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have been a strong centre-back pairing for Burnley and would provide a solid challenge for the striker as he adapts to the league.

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The opposition

Dyche’s side are sitting 17th in the table having netted just 14 goals this season. However, they have fallen by just a single goal in five of their 11 defeats and, since opening the season with one point from six, have taken 22 from 16 – comfortably mid-table form.

Their last five league games have been a difficult run of fixtures, but there have been some positive signs which included trumping Liverpool at Anfield to end their opponents’ run of 68 unbeaten home games.

Palace must look to exploit Burnley’s poorer away form, with the Clarets winning only two of their last 11 games on the road, losing three of the last four. In away matches this season, the Lancashire side have only score five goals, the fewest of any team in the Premier League.

Tactical overview

Burnley will most likely line-up with two strikers, however are still without the scorer from the previous meeting between these two sides, Chris Wood. Key to Burnley’s attacking threat is set-pieces and crosses into the box and Dwight McNeil’s deliveries from the left seem to be the main outlet of attacking play.

Palace will be wary of Ashley Barnes’ threat as he has scored more league goals against only Southampton (seven) than he has against Palace (four). Having missed a run of games through injury, the striker came on as a second-half substitute in Burnley’s FA Cup defeat, playing the last 20 minutes.

Previous meetings

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Burnley narrowly edged past Palace, winning 1-0 through Wood’s eighth-minute strike. That game in November was the 11th time the sides have met in the Premier League and drew them level with five wins each in the competition.

The Eagles will be hoping to avoid going goalless in three consecutive meetings against the Clarets for the first time. This could prove difficult against a Burnley side who have kept seven clean sheets so far this season, one of the more impressive records despite their position.

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Team news

Palace are still expected to be without Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins. Before facing Leeds, Roy Hodgson discussed Wilfried Zaha, saying: “You never know with these hamstring injuries, but Wilf is incredible in terms of recovery so I wouldn’t want to put a definite timeline on it. But it’s a muscle strain and all muscle strains take time to heal.”

Burnley were without Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood for their tie against Bournemouth and Dyche was cautious about rushing them both back too quickly.

How to follow


Palace v Burnley will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. Full details can be found here.

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You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

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The official app

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles fall to Clarets

Crystal Palace 0-3 Burnley

13 February 2021

Early goals in the first- and second-half saw Crystal Palace fall to Burnley in a frustrating game the hosts struggled to leave their mark on.


  • Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the side which kicked-off against Leeds United, bringing in Cheikhou Kouyate, Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi
  • Burnley take an early lead through Johann Berg Gudmundsson
  • The Clarets add a second when Jay Rodriguez heads in
  • The game settles and Benteke lands a pair of shot on target
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley
  • Burnley make it three through Matthew Lowton
  • The second-half is a quiet affair, with neither team creating many serious chances
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta takes to the turf as a second-half substitute
  • Crystal Palace 0-3 Burnley

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As in recent games, Palace found themselves on the back foot early on, with Burnley taking the lead within five minutes.

Erik Pieters swung a cross deep into the Eagles’ box which the hosts failed to clear. Reacting fastest to the loose ball, Johann Berg Gudmundsson did well to move into space and strike calmly in at the back post.

The Eagles were forced to handle another defensive setback just five minutes later when Burnley doubled their advantage, this time Jay Rodriguez rising to head home from a smart Dwight McNeil corner.

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The clash settled in to a more typical rhythm after the Clarets’ second and Palace landed efforts on target through Christian Benteke – who forced Nick Pope to hold a shot low to his right and, later, block a near-post strike with his feet.

At the other end, Burnley threatened through a regular set of dead-balls – Eberechi Eze reacted with greater panache, bending a well-worked shot narrowly wide.

Fleeting chances continued to fall Palace’s way as Nathaniel Clyne whipped in a near-perfect cross and the Clarets worked doggedly to keep Jordan Ayew out.

At the half-time whistle, however, the Eagles knew there was work to be done.

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The second-half started no brighter, though, and Burnley again began fastest when Matthew Lowton skilfully volleyed past Vicente Guaita on the end of Jay Rodriguez’s chipped ball.

Burnley sustained their attacking hunger as the game entered its final third and Guaita was forced to deny a powerful effort from Ashley Barnes exactly on the hour-mark before Ashley Westwood drove wide. Benteke was crowded out in the box while Rodriguez also struck past the woodwork, fizzing high from 20 yards.

That effort marked the end of any major chances for either side over the next 10 minutes, with neither ‘keeper seriously troubled. The ball spent a considerable amount of time in or near the penalty boxes, however both defences stood firm and neither strikeforce could work their way through.

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Substitutes Andros Townsend and Jean-Philippe Mateta added a sign of promise up-front for the Eagles and Townsend saw an effort flash past from close range.

Shortly before the final 10 minutes, the game halted for a lengthy spell as Ben Mee received treatment for a head injury. Of course, everyone at Crystal Palace wishes Ben a speedy recovery.

In the freezing conditions, this pause unsurprisingly reduced the game to an even slower tempo and the final whistle brought defeat for Palace.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyate, Clyne, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze, Ayew, Benteke (Mateta 76), Batshuayi (Townsend 62).

Subs not used: Butland, Ward, Cahill, Mitchell, Kelly.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Cork, Tarkowski, Pieters (Bardsley 87), Mee (Long 85), Gudmundsson (Brady 72), Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Barnes.

Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Brownhill, Stephens, Dunne, Glennon, Mumbongo.

Highlights and post-match reaction from this clash will be available on Palace TV. Keep an eye out by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app.

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