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PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Burnley

12 September 2014



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ABOUT
Having secured their first point of the campaign at Newcastle a fortnight ago, Palace host Burnley aiming to pick up their first victory of the Premier League season and end of run of six league games, a run stretching back to the 1-0 win at West Ham United in April.

Sean Dyche's side currently prop up a fledgling league table having been handed a tough start to their campaign by the fixture computer. An opening day defeat to Chelsea was followed by a 1-0 reverse at Swansea City, but holding Manchester United to a goalless draw has given the new boys plenty of encouragement going into this game.

Palace are undefeated in their last 9 home matches against Burnley in all competitions, but have never taken a point off themin the top-tier of English football having lost all four previous games - the last of which was in the 1970/71 campaign.

The game should see debuts on both sides, with both the Eagles and Clarets busy on transfer deadline day. Whilst Neil Warnock added James McArthur, Zeki Fryers and Kevin Doyle to his ranks, George Boyd, Michael Keane and Nathaniel Chabolah all arrived at Turf Moor.


TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: As well as the three deadline day arrivals, new signing Andrew Johnson could take a spot on the bench if he gets up to match fitness in time.

Joe Ledley played half an hour for Wales in midweek in Andorra after recovering from a groin injury picked up before the West Ham United game, but Marouane Chamakh will miss out the next three weeks after getting injured at Newcastle.

Wilfried Zaha's performance from the bench at St James' Park could also put him in contention for a starting berth, but Peter Ramage, Stuart O'Keefe, Jimmy Kebe and Lewis Price cannot feature for the first-team until January after being left out of Warnock's 25-man Premier League squad.

Burnley: Striker Sam Vokes remains a long-term injury casualty after tearing his cruciate knee ligaments in March, but fellow attacker Danny Ings is expected to shake off a slight knock to play in the game.

As well as his three new arrivals, Dyche could also be tempted to play Michael Kightly who returned from injury to score for their development side in midweek.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: S Long and A Nunn
Fourth Official: R Madley


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsBurnley wins
League81212
FA Cup021
Play-Offs022
Total81615


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST
A Wilfried Zaha-inspired Palace came from two goals down to edge a seven-goal thriller against the Clarets in October 2012, with the 4-3 victory stretching their unbeaten run to seven Championship games.

Early goals from Chris McCann and Martin Paterson put Eddie Howe's visitors 2-0 up, but Zaha responded with strikes either side of the break.

Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray put Palace seemingly out of sight, although there was time for a late Charlie Austin consolation for Burnley.


TICKETS
The match is a category B fixture and there are still some tickets available in the Arthur Wait Stand.

These can be purchased in person at the Selhurst Park box office, on the phone on 0871 20000 71 or online here.


BETTING
Palace: 6/5
Draw: 9/4
Burnley: 12/5
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 
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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary from all 90 minutes at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning subscription service. 

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