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Palace Preview: International break fundamental in Burnley outcome

23 November 2020

With the final whistle sounding after Crystal Palace’s 4-1 triumph against Leeds United, Roy Hodgson’s attention will have swiftly turned towards the upcoming match with Burnley.

He will have considered the international break which followed arguably the season’s most convincing display and expressed his frustration with the timing post-match.

Sean Dyche, on the other hand, will have viewed the pause in a different light.

While Palace’s two wins from three games before taking on three of the bottom eight should have inspired the momentum needed to sustain their form, Burnley’s goalless draw with Brighton will have settled an out of form squad.

Dyche, therefore, had the international break to drill his players back to their usual high standard, take stock and prepare for a challenging run until the new year.

Hodgson faced a different task: keeping his remaining players up for the fight over a break which has potentially stolen two of his charges - Luka Milivojevic and Eberechi Eze.

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This saw the Palace manager use the chance to assess some of the club’s Academy players, with Scott Banks, Malachi Boateng, Brandon Pierrick and others joining first-team training.

Burnley’s course correction over the break is necessary having collected just three points from seven league games. In fact, the Clarets are winless this season and have lost all three clashes at Turf Moor. They’ve not failed to win any of their opening eight games in a league campaign since 2014/15, while they’ve never lost their first four at Turf Moor in a season before.

Stretching back to the end 2019/20, Burnley are without a win in eight league games (D2 L6); they last went longer without a Premier League victory between April-September 2018 (10 matches).

But Palace must not take this lightly, with Dyche’s men breaking their poor run in 2018 with a 4-0 hammering of AFC Bournemouth and subsequent 2-1 victory over Cardiff City.

Match details

  • Monday, 23rd November
  • 17:30 GMT
  • Turf Moor
  • Sky Sports

Full information, including further TV details, can be found here.

Did you know?

Palace have scored eight first-half goals in the league this season, with only three teams netting more (Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur - 10). In the whole of last season, the Eagles scored just 10 league goals in the first-half. 

Tactical overview

Palace can expect to defend the long ball in Lancashire: Burnley have played 20% of their Premier League passes long this season, the highest ratio in the division. The Clarets have also had fewer open play sequences of 10+ passes than any other side so far this term (34). 

This could frustrate the Eagles’ characteristic counter-attacking style by better balancing possession, but based on Palace’s Leeds victory, the south Londoners can hurt sides with the ball at their feet, too.

Burnley have also scored fewer goals (three) and had fewer shots on target (19) than any other top-flight side this season, while they’re the only side yet to find the net at home so far in 2020/21.

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Team news

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic would be suspended for this fixture regardless, but is currently self isolating having tested positive for COVID-19. Eberechi Eze needs assessing after being withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad.

Encouragingly, Hodgson confirmed Joel Ward, Tyrick Mitchell and James Tomkins are back in training. You can read what the manager said here.

Burnley will be without long-term absentee Jack Cork and Erik Pieters. Phil Bardsley, Robbie Brady and Dale Stephens are currently doubts.

How to follow

On TV

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

Club News

Burnley v Crystal Palace full match information - including how to watch TV details

22 November 2020

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

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.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Burnley clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

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International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here.

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Match Reports

Report: Palace frustrated by resolute Burnley back-line

23 November 2020

Palace fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor on Monday night, after Chris Wood’s early opportunistic strike was enough to secure all three points for Burnley. Despite several half-chances, Roy Hodgson’s men couldn’t unpick a determined home defence and impenetrable goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Summary

  • Burnley were seeking their first win of the season to take them out of the relegation zone, whilst a win for Palace would lead to a record return in the Premier League after nine games
  • Palace were dealt a hammer blow with news of Wilfried Zaha self-isolating after a positive test for Covid-19; Michy Batshuayi replaced Zaha, starting up front with Jordan Ayew.
  • Chris Wood pounces after Kouyate fails to head clear to take the lead on seven minutes
  • Plenty of chances for both sides ensue, with Batshuayi coming closest for the visitors
  • Half-time: Burnley 1 – 0 Palace
  • Gudmundsson strikes the bar on 54 mins from the edge of the area
  • Benteke denied at the death, with yet another impressive save from Nick Pope.

First half

A warning sign of what was to come for Palace came in the form of Jay Rodriguez’s spritely run behind the back-four after some excellent link-up play, but the recalled striker was eventually thwarted by the recovering centre-back pairing of Scott Dann and Chiekhou Kouyate.

The game plan from Dyche’s men was clear and would not come as a surprise to Roy Hodgson - with Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil and Johann Gudmundsson relentlessly peppering direct long-balls into the Palace box, with the towering Chris Wood and nimble Rodriguez causing plenty of headaches for Dann, Kouyate et al.

Indeed, it was an uncharacteristically wayward clearance from Kouyate that led to the opening goal at Turf Moor, as the Senagalese centre-half failed to deal with a high-ball from Gudmundsson. Rodriguez latched onto Kouyate’s misdirected headed clearance, neatly placing the ball first-time into the path of Wood who coolly slotted past Vicente Guaita for the hosts’ first goal since October 3.

At the midway point of the half, Palace came agonisingly close to an equaliser, as Eberechi Eze skilfully and powerfully evaded Matthew Lowton on the left-wing before laying off a beautifully weighted reverse pass to James McArthur on the edge of the box. McArthur attempted to pick out an onrushing Michy Batshuayi at the far post, but the low cross was overcooked, and the outstretched Belgian’s slide was in vain.

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Batshuayi then encouragingly found space in the Burnley half, with defenders backing off cautiously, inviting a shot from the striker who was gathering pace on a marauding run.  He eventually struck on the edge of the box, but dragged his strike wide of Pope’s net.

Palace safely endured a Burnley backlash, first with a fantastic cross from Charlie Taylor’s left boot finding Rodriguez in space on the edge of the box, but Guaita pounced well after the striker’s touch evaded him. McNeil then struck well, but wide, from 20 yards.

Pope, who was a key figure in Burnley’s successful campaign in 2019/20 with 15 clean-sheets, was then called into action twice in quick succession, as Jordan Ayew was comfortably foiled from close range, before an Andros Townsend’s trademark curler from distance was palmed wide.

Defensive discipline, with one sole error, the story of the half.

Second-half

Straight out of the blocks, Rodriguez was aggrieved at being felled by Kouyate on the edge of the Palace area, having controlled yet another long ball well, but the referee waved play on, a decision vindicated by VAR.

Eze looked intent on adopting a more central role to help unpick a resolute Burnley backline, and he soon found a pocket of space to thread Patrick van Aanholt into the danger zone, but the Dutchman’s cross across the box was cleared at the first man.

In a potentially huge let-off for the visitors, McNeil released Gudmundsson in space with Palace’s back-line dragged out of position, but the Icelandic midfielder rattled the crossbar from 18 yards.

With 30 minutes left to play, a sloppy McNeil back-pass gifted Batshuayi another chance, but Pope was quick to the danger, spreading his body to thwart the Belgian’s first-time strike with an outstretched leg.

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A well-weighted Townsend corner found Kouyate at the back-post, who nodded towards Jairo Riedewald, who struck powerfully goalwards, with Rodriguez blocking bravely. It was to be Riedewald’s last part in the game, making way for Jeffrey Schlupp. Christian Benteke was also inserted soon after as Palace searched for an equaliser.

As Palace pressed in the dying stages, with Burnley sitting deeper and deeper, Schlupp was man-handled by Rodriguez, receiving a yellow card for his cynical efforts. From the resulting free-kick, Van Aanholt’s delivery was slightly behind the towering Benteke.

In the 89th minute, Pope’s remarkable outstretched left arm denied a deft Benteke toe-poke at point blank range, a chance that seemed destined to find the net.

But Sean Dyche’s back-line held firm in a performance more akin to their efforts last season, with Roy Hodgson's visitors enduring a frustrating evening's work.  

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Burnley: Pope (GK), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee (captain), Taylor, Gudmundsson (Brady, ’66, then Pieters ‘83), Brownhill, McNeil, Wood, Westwood, Rodriguez.

Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Barnes, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.

Palace: Guaita (GK), Clyne, Kouyate, Dann (captain), Van Aanholt, Townsend, McArthur, Riedewald (Schlupp, ’66), Eze, Ayew (Benteke, 76), Batshuayi.

Subs not used: Butland (GK), Ward, Sakho, Cahill, Mitchell.

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