Crystal Palace v Burnley
Saturday, Jan 13 – 15:00pm
Crystal Palace lost 2-1 to Brighton in the FA Cup last week, putting a dampener on an otherwise fantastic run of results for Roy Hodgson’s side. The Eagles are one of the Premier League’s form teams at the moment, beating Southampton, Leicester, and Watford, and holding Manchester City to a 0-0 draw. Midfielder Luka Milivojevic has been superb over the last few weeks, with Wifried Zaha and Timothy Fosu-Mensah also impressing for Palace recently. The Eagles currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, two points above the drop zone.
Burnley were beaten 4-1 by Man City in their FA Cup match last Saturday, leaving Sean Dyche free to concentrate on maintaining the Clarets’ impressive points-tally in the Premier League. Dyche finalised his first bit of January transfer business earlier this week, bringing Spurs youngster Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to Turf Moor till the end of the season. The Frenchmen could be set to make his debut for the Clarets tomorrow. Burnley remain seventh in the Premier League table, taking 34 points from their 22 games this season.
What the stats tell us:
- Crystal Palace have only managed to win one of their last six matches with Burnley in the Premier League (D1 L4) – failing to find the back of the net in four of those matches.
- The Clarets have won each of their last three matches with Crystal Palace in the Premier League – they have only won four consecutive games against one side in the competition (Hull City).
- Sean Dyche’s side are unbeaten in their last three matches in London (W2 D1) – prior to this they lost 13 of their 15 Premier League games in the capital.
- Palace have only lost one of their last 11 Premier League matches (W4 D6) – they lost nine of their opening 11 matches this season (W1 D1).
- Only two clubs have won more points from losing positions than Crystal Palace (11) this season – Arsenal (12) and Everton (12).
- Burnley have drawn more games away from home than any other Premier League side this season (5) – they have drawn each of their last three away matches.
- The Clarets have only made 18 changes to their starting XI this season – 50% less than any other Premier League side.
- Each of the Eagles’ last nine league goals at Selhurst Park have been netted by different players.
- Wilfried Zaha has won three penalties for Crystal Palace this season – more than any other Premier League player.
- Sam Vokes has found the back of the net three times for Burnley this season, with each goal coming away from home.
Both of these two sides have been in great form over the last couple of months, and we’re expecting a close fought match tomorrow. Earlier in the season, Crystal Palace were relying too heavily on Wilfried Zaha to perform, yet recently the rest of the squad have starting chipping in, and Roy Hodgson seems to have drilled a new found confidence into his players. The Eagles lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture, and while they have certainly improved, Burnley’s defenders have been solid all season. The Clarets to edge it again.