Crystal Palace vs Burnley, Premier League 2020 preview
The Eagles had been riding high with four consecutive victories and clean sheets either side of English football’s coronavirus shutdown, only to be brought back down to earth courtesy of a 4-0 thumping by champions Liverpool at Anfield and another mounting injury list.
They now return home to face a Burnley side that sit level on points with mid-table Palace in 11th and behind their next opponents only by virtue of a slightly inferior goal difference.
It’s been a difficult period for the Clarets given what transpired both on and off the pitch against Manchester City last week in addition to injuries, player departures and questions over the future of long-serving manager Sean Dyche, though they did manage to see off Watford at Turf Moor courtesy of Jay Rodriguez’s second-half header.
Date, time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Burnley is scheduled for a kick-off time of 8pm BST at Selhurst Park on Monday, June 29.
Palace’s injury troubles have been building once again, with key star Wilfried Zaha hobbling off after only 15 minutes against Liverpool after hurting his calf during the warm-up.
Hodgson is hopeful his attacking talisman will be fit to face Burnley after receiving treatment over the weekend, while striker Christian Benteke is also still battling a thigh issue.
First-choice goalkeeper Vicente Guaita should return after missing the trip to Merseyside, but Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins are all still sidelined.
Burnley know all about dealing with a depleted squad, with strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes currently out along with Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Thursday’s match-winner Rodriguez should be fine to play after suffering an ankle issue combined with a tight hamstring against Watford.
The likes of Jeff Hendrick, Joe Hart and Aaron Lennon are all leaving the club after failing to agree short-term contract extensions.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
The identical points tallies of these two sides plus their abundance of selection issues suggests we should be in for a tight contest that could be decided by just one goal.
Palace are the Premier League’s lowest scorers at home, while Burnley don’t exactly light it up away from home.
If the likes of Zaha and Rodriguez do miss out, then a goalless draw may well be on the cards.
Three points for either side would see them (temporarily at least) leapfrog Arsenal and Sheffield United and rise as high as eighth in the table.
How to watch
The match will be made available free-to-air on Amazon Prime Video, with no Prime membership required.
Fans can stream the game online via the Amazon Prime website or app. The action will also be streamed live via Twitch.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
These two sides have met on nine occasions in the Premier League era, with Palace boasting five wins to Burnley’s three. There has been only one draw.
In November, the Eagles ran out 2-0 winners at Turf Moor thanks to goals from Zaha and Schlupp.
Betting odds and tips
- Palace to win: 11/8
- Burnley to win: 14/5
- Draw: 85/40
- Under 2.5 goals: 8/15
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