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Preview: Burnley v Crystal Palace

4 November 2016


INTRO
Aiming to end a run of three straight defeats, Palace travel north to Lancashire on Saturday to take on Burnley in their final fixture before the international break.

Games against the Clarets have been fruitful for the Eagles in recent times with Palace losing just one of the last six encounters, and recovered from two goals down to win 3-2 at the venue back in January 2015 when the teams last met.

Last weekend's battling goalless draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United helped Sean Dyche's men remain in 14th spot in the league, just one place behind Palace with both teams locked on 11 points from their opening 10 games.

Only rock-bottom Sunderland have scored less goals this season than Burnley's eight, but the superb form of Tom Heaton has helped keep his side in games, with the England goalkeeper having made 57 saves in the Premier League this season; 21 more than any other keeper.

Palace's players will wear special poppy-embroidered shirts for this game, and a minute's silence will also be observed prior to kick-off to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, which is on 13th November. 


OPPOSITION VIEW


Sean Dyche: "The performances have been okay, they've been good enough to get the points that we've got.

"I wasn't overthinking it back then [in Burnley's previous campaign in the PL], we weren't getting the results but I thought we were performing reasonably well. We are acutely aware it is a results business.

"It's fine margins, and ever more so in the Premier League. We're looking more solid as a group this time around. Maybe not playing as effectively all round as we were last time out but we've got considerably more points on the table."


TEAM NEWS

Burnley: Stephen Ward will miss the game after being forced off at half-time at Old Trafford last weekend with a hamstring injury.

Steven Defour could be in line for a return from a similar ailment that has seen him miss the last two games, meaning Ward is the Clarets' only casualty.

Palace: Pardew's only fresh doubt is Bakary Sako who has a slight strain, while Connor Wickham should return after missing the Liverpool game with a minor knock.

Loic Remy, Jonathan Benteke and Pape Souare are long-term casualties, with the Frenchman likely to be the first to return around December.


HEAD TO HEAD
Burnley winsDrawsPalace wins
League12139
FA Cup220
League Cup120
Total15179


STATS
Palace's 3-2 victory at Turf Moor in 2014/15 ended a run of seven trips there without a win in league competition (D4 L3), while they have never previously won back-to-back away games at Burnley.

These two sides have met on six occasions in the top-flight, with Burnley winning four of those clashes (D1 L1). All four of the Clarets' victories came between 1969 and 1971, however.

Palace have kept just two clean sheets in 21 visits to face Burnley in all competitions.

Sean Dyche's side have allowed their opponents 52 more shots on target (71) than they have attempted themselves (19) this season in the Premier League - the biggest differential in the competition.

Christian Benteke has scored against 20 of the 28 different teams he's faced in the Premier League, but Burnley are one of the eight that he's yet to score against in the competition.


OFFICIALS

Anthony Taylor takes charge of this game - his last Palace appointment was at Sunderland in September when the visitors won 3-2. He has dished out 32 yellow cards but no reds in the Premier League this season.

Referee: A Taylor
Assistants: G Beswick and E Smart
Fourth official: J Moss


LAST MEETING AT TURF MOOR

17th January 2015
Burnley 2-3 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Crystal Palace fought back from 2-0 down at Burnley to maintain Alan Pardew's 100% start as manager.

Defender Ben Mee headed in his first goal for Burnley from Kieran Trippier's corner before Danny Ings made it 2-0 after Scott Arfield's pass.

Dwight Gayle made it 2-1 after Wilfried Zaha's cross from the right before Jason Puncheon levelled from 25 yards.

Striker Gayle completed the comeback when he controlled Puncheon's cross and fired the ball under Tom Heaton.


TICKETS
Tickets are on general sale with up to four being available to purchase per person.

Prices:
Adult (22-64) £30
Seniors (65+) £20
18-21 Years  £20
Junior (Under 18) £15

TRAVEL
Coach travel will be available for this match, which departs Selhurst Park at 7am and is priced at £26 per seat.

For more information on how to get to Turf Moor, read our Away Day Guide here.

For more information on the ground itself, please click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Turf Moor will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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