Burnley make the 500 mile-round trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday, as they continue their search for their first away win, which has so far proved elusive.
Crystal Palace’s current purple patch has come somewhat out of the blue – wins at Stamford Bridge and Anfield, and a home demolition of Arsenal, have pulled Palace to relative safety.
The Clarets on the other hand, are struggling to pick up points, which has seen them plummet down the table; dangerously close to the bottom three. That said, Burnley have had a tough run of fixtures, which has seen them play seven out of eleven away from Turf Moor.
This games represents a great chance for both sides to secure their Premier League status for another season, which is certain to make it a really interesting match-up.
Crystal Palace will be without Mamadou Sakho, after the Frenchman picked up a knee injury in the Eagles’ midweek defeat against Tottenham.
Palace will also be without Scott Dann, James Tomkins and Connor Wickham, while Pape Souare and Loic Remy also remain sidelined.
Burnley will be without Joey Barton, with the midfielder serving an 18 month ban from all football related activity.
Sam Vokes, Scott Arfield, Ben Mee and Stephen Ward will be assessed before tomorrows game. Kevin Long and Dean Marney the only long term injury absentees.
Crystal Palace have won six of their last 10 league games, making them one of the leagues’ in-form teams. Sam Allardyce has rejuvenated the Eagles, and since his arrival, Palace have rocketed up the table. In recent weeks, Palace have beaten three of the top six, in Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Burnley haven’t been in form of late, winning just one of their last ten games. As a result, the Clarets have slipped down the table and are now loitering dangerously close to the drop zone. Four draws in the last ten games is a joint league high.
Last time these two sides locked horns, Burnley ran out 3-2 victors – Ashley Barnes sending Turf Moor into raptures with a 94th minutes winner. An end to end game saw the Clarets take a 2-0 lead, only for Palace to pull it back to 2-2, before Ashley Barnes netted the winner. Crystal Palace last hosted Burnley in 2014, when the two sides played out a 0-0 draw, with Scott Arfield squandering a golden chance from the spot. Burnley haven’t won at the home of the Eagles since 2001, when an Ian Thomas-Moore double was enough to clinch all three points.
Crystal Palace have kept four clean sheets in their last 10 games
Two of Burnley’s last three league away games have been 0-0
The Eagles have only beaten one side below them in the table at home (Middlesbrough)
The Clarets have only scored more than one goal on the road on one occasion this season (Swansea)
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