Burnley v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 28, 2019
Turf Moor - Premier League
Relegation threatened Burnley welcome fellow strugglers Crystal Palace to Turf Moor this weekend, as Sean Dyche's side look to move away from the drop zone.
Palace won 2-0 when these two sides met at Selhurst Park earlier this season, with James McArthur and Andros Townsend on target for Roy Hodgson's side.
Burnley have won two of their three Premier League games against The Eagles in Lancashire.
The Clarets are hopeful that Ashley Westwood will be fit to return from illness, which kept him out of their midweek loss at Newcastle. Steven Defour and Aaron Lennon are both out until next season with long term injuries.
Defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be fit to return, but fellow full back Pape Souare and Mamadou Sakho are both still ruled out.
Burnley v Crystal Palace Predictions and Preview
Dyche's side were poor in the defeat at St. James' Park, and he will be demanding a reaction from his players as they are in need of a boost in the push against relegation. Home form will be key if they are to avoid the drop, and with no defeats in their four league games in 2019, they will be hoping the crowd can drive the players on.
Palace lost on Wednesday night, at home to Manchester United, their first defeat in seven games in 2019, in both league and FA Cup action. Their form has meant they have not been mentioned in the relegation battle, but they are only ahead of Burnley, in 14th, by goal difference.
Both sides are under pressure not to lose, with sides around them potential overtaking them in the case of a defeat - meaning a draw could be a real option, priced at 9/4. With the tension surrounding this fixture, and Burnley have only scored more than two goals once in the Premier League this season, back in September against Bournemouth, and an under 2.5 total goals bet is at 8/11.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Both teams cannot really afford to lose this game, as it would plunge them closer to the relegation zone, with tough run ins to come later in March for both sides. Turf Moor is never an easy place for visiting sides, and Palace will be hopeful they can pick up enough points in their own home games to survive.
Chris Wood to score anytime at 15/8
Former Leeds United striker is in good form at the moment, with four goals in his last five games for Burnley and his physical presence will cause problems for a Palace defence that struggled with the direct approach of Romelu Lukaku in midweek.