There has been no more of a dead rubber match than that of Monday evenings offering in the Premier League as 10th placed Crystal Palace host 11th placed Burnley at Selhurst Park.
Both sides come into this fixture with contrasting results in their last games with Roy Hodgeson’s Eagles losing 4-0 at Premier League champions Liverpool, while Sean Dyche’s side recorded a 1-0 win over relegation threatened Watford at Turf Moor.
When and Where?
The game takes place at Selhurst Park on Monday 29th June 2020 with kick off at 8pm.
This will be the two sides 10th meeting in the Premier League and Palace fans will be expecting another win having won the previous four encounters. Goals from Wilfred Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp earned Hodgson’s side a 2-0 win at Turf Moor in November.
The last meeting at Selhurst Park took place in December 2018 as the Eagles recorded a 2-0 win thanks to goals from James McArthur and Andros Townsend. You have to go back to September 2017 for Burnley’s last win in this fixture as Chris Wood netted in the 3rd minute in a 1-0 win at Turf Moor.
Wilfried Zaha is nursing a knock but could still start after receiving treatment over the weekend, while the Eagles will check on Vicente Guaita and Christian Benteke. James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp are all likely to miss out once more.
Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are all set to miss out here, while Robbie Brady could return after missing the win over Watford with a groin injury. Jay Rodriguez came off against the Hornets with an ankle problem but should be fit enough to start.
Last Five Games
(L) 0-4 vs Liverpool
(W) 2-0 vs Bournemouth
(W) 1-0 vs Watford
(W) 1-0 vs Brighton
(W) 1-0 vs Newcastle
(W) 1-0 vs Watford
(L) 0-5 vs Man City
(D) 1-1 vs Tottenham
(D) 0-0 vs Newcastle
(W) 3-0 vs Bournemouth
These two sides are very even, hence their almost identical position and stats in the league table. Palace will be itching to get back to winning ways after four wins on the bounce before their drubbing by Liverpool. Burnley scraped past Watford on Thursday and are depleted with various contracts expiring which leaves Dyche with a threadbare squad.
With that in mind and ‘home’ advantage I am going for a comfortable win for the hosts.
Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
Match Preview written by Ryan Day