Crystal Palace Preview vs Burnley (H)

After the events of the Eagles hard fought draw away to Manchester United last weekend, Palace will certainly be looking to kick start their season as they play host to Sean Dyche’s similarly struggling Burnley side on Saturday.

The draw at Old Trafford saw Palace gain points for the first time since late October, but still sit dangerously close to the relegation zone by a point. Burnley, on the other hand are coming off equally similar form without a win in their last six, and sit one place outside the relegation zone just behind the south Londoners. The interesting thing about the match up between the sides is that Palace are the division’s joint lowest scorers and Burnley are the division’s second highest conceders, so there is potential for goals in this fixture.

The eagles are boosted by the returns of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins ahead of the match as Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann remain the only sidelined absentees. Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend are expected to remain the strike partnership in the absence of Benteke.

Likewise, Burnley will be without Nick Pope and Stephen Ward who are expected to return later in December whilst Johann Gudmundsson and James Tarkowski are doubts for the game.

This will be the 46th meeting between the sides after the first in 1908. Palace won the last meeting in January, ending 1-0 via a Bakary Sakho goal.

Predicted lineups:

Crystal Palace:

Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Kouyate, McArthur, Milivoijevic, Meyer, Townsend, Zaha

Burnley:

Hart, Lowton, Mee, Long, Taylor, Lennon, Cork, Defour, Brady, Vokes, Wood

Prediction:

Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley

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