Crystal Palace vs Burnley by Luke
After three positive results against more than reputable teams and victories over Arsenal at home and Liverpool on the road, as well as a draw game against still champions from Leicester, players of Crystal Palace didn't manage to make four consecutive brilliant result, as they suffered 0:1 defeat in front of own fans on Wednesday evening to Tottenham Hotspur.
This time they were limited to quite a defensive performance, mostly standing behind the ball and waiting for their opponent who were concrete enough, but didn't manage to break their defense till 78th minute when Eriksen scored the winning goal, leaving no time to the home team to reply back properly. Palace is now at 12th position with seven points more than Swansea and can play a bit more relaxed their next matches, knowing that the mathematical salvation is just matter of weeks, but will surely try to seal it here.
Benteke should lead their attack once again, with support of Townsend, Puncheon and Zaha as offensive midfielders in probably 4-2-3-1 formation. Forward Connor Wickham (8/2) is injured, same as central defenders Scott Dann (23/3) Mamadou Sakho (8/0) and James Tomkins (22/3), while doubtful with fitness issues remain forward Loic Remy (4/0) and left back Pape Souare (3/0).
Burnley, on the other side, didn't manage to respond in a proper way last time out in front of own fans last weekend, as the team welcomed Manchester United and stood defeated with a 0:2 result quite easily. Players of Manchester entered the game strongly and had the double lead already in first halftime, thanks to goals from Martial in 21st and Rooney in 39th minute.
Since they took the lead, the visiting side was very satisfied and somehow played the second half in order to save some energy. It was third game without a victory for them, as the side now stands just five points above the relegation zone and will need to seek for further points. Away from home they've been terrible so far with 0-4-13 record and most likely these points will need to come in front of their own fans.
Visitors from Burnley will be playing in 4-4-2 formation, using Barnes and Gray as forwards. Midfielder Dean Marney (21/1) is injured, while other midfielder Joey Barton (14/1) has been suspended by FA for eighteen months. Central defenders Kevin Long (no performance so far in Premier League), Ben Mee (34/1), offensive midfielder Scott Arfield (27/1) and forward Sam Vokes (33/6) remain doubtful for this one.
- Crystal Palace have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Burnley.
Crystal Palace is really in a nice momentum now and are looking like a real team. Even though they have some absentees in defense, I'm still willing to risk with them against mediocre visiting side that.