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Both these sides were outplayed in midweek with Palace losing 2-0 to an inspired Leeds United at Elland Road in the Premier League, while Burnley’s adventure in the FA Cup was ended by a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
Burnley have lost three of their last four games, but two of these came against so-called ‘Big 6 Clubs’ in the form of Chelsea and Manchester City – games they were not expected to win anyway. But, in their last league game, they put in a spirited display to share the spoils with Brighton.
Sean Dyche had no real choice but to rest a few bodies in the loss to Bournemouth with Premier League survival is paramount to The Clarets. They sit eight points clear of the relegation zone and have the biggest couple of weeks of their season coming right up.
Saturday 15:00 – Crystal Palace v Burnley
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They host fellow relegation rivals Fulham after the trip to Palace and then welcome Big Sam’s West Brom after that. Win those two home games and the relegation pressure will subside considerably.
Roy Hodgson said it was likely last week that Wilfried Zaha could miss a couple of games with his hamstring problem and The Eagles missed their star man massively in the defeat at Leeds. If Zaha misses this, it’s a huge boost to the visitors, as Palace have lost 18 of their last 23 matches without Zaha in their starting XI.
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I really believe Burnley can avoid defeat here in their quest to protect their top-flight status. The price on Burnley and The Draw in the Double Chance market is too tempting to pass up. Also, in 10 of Burnley’s last 12 games in all competitions there has been Under 2.5 goals. Yes, Dyche’s gang might play out some drab affairs, but it makes Under 2.5 goals look a very attractive prospect.
Chris Wood will come back into the Burnley attack here in order to give a boost to their lack of firepower on the road recently. He may be one to look at the First Goalscorer market after the former Leeds man was given a rare rested in mid-week.
And finally, if you are on the hunt for a draw from this weekend’s games you may have it found it here. It may not be the goal-fest either, and there are certainly less cheeky bets folks than the 0-0 Correct Score bet in this contest.
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