Crystal Palace

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Selhurst Park

13/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Burnley

V

Selhurst Park

13/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Crystal Palace and Burnley return to Premier League action after they were both knocked out of the FA Cup the previous weekend.

Last time: A solitary goal from Chris Wood in the first few minutes of the game was enough to hand Burnley the points at Turf Moor earlier this season. That result took the Clarets to three consecutive wins over Palace, so Saturday’s hosts will be looking to end that run in this one.

This time: Crystal Palace are 11/10 for the win, while Burnley are 10/3 and the draw is 23/10.

You might remember: Comebacks galore. From a Dougie Freedman hat-trick in 2003, to Burnley’s scoring three in the last 10 minutes in 2009 and Palace coming from two goals down to win in 2012 and 2015, there’s been plenty of drama in this fixture. Last season a 94th minute winner from Ashley Barnes handed Burnley the points.

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Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha during the Premier League match at the Selhurst Park, London.

With no more distractions to come this season, Crystal Palace can devote all of their efforts on their fight against relegation. Burnley meanwhile are looking to secure their highest ever Premier League finish, while ending the season in the top half of the table would represent their most successful season for over 40 years.

Crystal Palace are 11/10 to take the points, and put the disappointment of losing their grudge match against Brighton on Monday behind them. Victory against the Clarets would also go some way to justifying the changes which Hodgson rang for the FA Cup clash, with both Wilfred Zaha and Christian Benteke given the night off altogether.

Burnley are 10/3 for the win, which would consolidate their place in the top seven of the Premier League table. Dyche’s side have performed brilliantly so far this season, but the hectic Christmas schedule exposed the sparsity of the Lancashire club’s squad. The Clarets still managed to take a point from Old Trafford though, so their supporters will be full of hope in this game and optimistic for the remainder of the campaign.

The draw is 23/10 and a stalemate would be an eighth of the season for both sides. The visitors would probably be relatively happy with a point bearing in mind that’s all Manchester City could get on New Year’s Eve, but you feel they’ll have to score at least once with the attacking talent Palace have at their disposal. Because of this and the fact that Burnley neither score nor concede many, a 1-1 draw at 6/1 looks most likely if you think the game with end with honours even.

Zaha is the hosts’ most threatening player, and 13/5 to score anytime on Saturday. The 25-year-old is in the form of his life, and this game could come down to how well Burnley manage to shackle him over the course of the 90 minutes. If you think the flying forward will benefit from his rest and come flying out of the blocks to bag the first of the game, that’s 11/2.

If he starts, Wood is the favourite to break the deadlock for the Clarets, priced at 6/1. The New Zealand striker is capable of taking his chances and scoring big goals, and he’s also available at 6/1 to bag the last of the game or 27/10 to find the net anytime.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Goals. Although Burnley have the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League, there’s often goals in games between these two. Five of the last 14 have seen five goals or more, and a bet on this is priced at 39/5 for this one.

2

We fancy:

Palace to win 2-1 at 9/1. The Eagles will be out to prove their manager was right to hand out some much-needed rest after the busy festive period, and they’ve been in good form of late. Add Zaha as the first scorer and the odds increase to 35/1.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Wood to score the only goal of the game at 30/1. If Burnley defend as well as we all know they can, Dyche’s side will have the platform to steal another 1-0 win and maintain their excellent position in the Premier League table.

Written by Oli Coates

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