Crystal Palace v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

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After Crystal Palace and Burnley were dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend, both sides are left to concentrate on their Premier League campaigns. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson could have a few angry supporters on his case if his decision to rest key players in the loss at Brighton backfires.

Past Meetings

There’s been plenty of thrills and spills in this fixture in the past, including a number of exciting comebacks. Burnley have won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 1-0 success at Turf Moor earlier this season courtesy of a Chris Wood strike.

Team News

Hodgson will bring Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke back into the side after the duo were handed a rest for the grudge match against Brighton. The former England boss could also welcome back Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andros Townsend and Joel Ward for this one. Connor Wickham, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon all miss out though.

Sean Dyche is fretting over the fitness of his top scorer and match winner against Palace earlier this term Wood, who faces a late fitness test along with Scott Arfield and Stephen Ward. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is closing in on his comeback, but Robbie Brady misses the remainder of the season after having surgery on his knee.

Crystal Palace v Burnley Preview and Predictions

Although a vibrant cup run always goes down well with supporters of any club, the priority for any Premier League manager looking to keep their job is staying in the division. It’s understandable that key personnel were rested by teams like Palace, but the returning Eagles stars need to put in a performance that shows they benefited from the break.

A victory for Hodgson’s side could see the Eagles soar into the top half of the Premier League table depending on how other results go over the weekend. Considering the start they made and the air of doom around the club early on in the campaign, that’d be some achievement. With that motivation in mind, the hosts are priced at 11/10 to pick up the victory.

Burnley are 10/3 for the win, which would continue their stellar campaign this season which sees them comfortably residing in seventh place at present. Any finish in the top half of the table would be their best showing in the top flight for over 40 years, and with a 10 point cushion going into this weekend’s round of fixtures you wouldn’t bet against them.

The Clarets would probably be relatively happy with a draw, and this is priced at 47/20 in the betting. It’s 7/1 if you think the game will end goalless, or 6/1 for a 1-1 scoreline.

Recommended Bets

Crystal Palace to win to nil at 11/5

Bearing in mind Saturday’s visitors don’t tend to score many goals, this could be a good way to enhance your winnings on a home victory.

Burnley to win 1-0 at 9/1

The Clarets are masters at keeping things tight, and boast the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League. Add Wood in as the scorer and the odds increase to 30/1.