Crystal Palace vs. Burnley / Premier League – In the first match of the 23rd round of English Premier League 14th-place Crystal Palace will face seventh-positioned Burley, which at the moment has big 12 points more. However, the home team is in a bit better shape ahead of their Saturday’s match, while on the other hand Burnley can boast with fact that it won their three previous head-to-head in the league. Let’s add that both teams were eliminated from the FA Cup last week. Begins: 13.01.2018 – 16:00 CET
Five days ago Crystal Palace was defeated outside its stadium in the third round of FA Cup by another Premier League team, Brighton 2-1 after the home scored the winning goal in 87 minute. However, coach Hodgson was far more concerned with fact that two very important players got injured in the match, defender Schlupp and winger Townsend, in situation when the team finally started to play well in the league.
The Place was defeated just once in last 11 rounds of the Premier League although it drew often in the period so it is no wonder that it had just two points more than 18th-placed Stoke. The advantage was created in previous round when Crystal Palace won away Southampton 2-1, while before that it drew at home with leading Manchester City 0-0. Let’s add that on the list of injured players are from before defenders Ward, Sakho and Dann, midfielders Loftus, Cheek and Puncheon, and forward Wicham.
Probable lineups Crystal Palace: Speroni – Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Tomkins, van Aanholt – Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur – Zaha, Benteke, Sako
Unlike the Palace that lately plays much better than at the beginning of season Burnley’s form went down the tube and this team has drew three and lost three matches out of previous six. True, it still occupies very good seventh place in the Premier League table and has four points more than eight-placed Leicester and even seven more than ninth-positioned Everton, so from that point there is still no need to press the alarm button.
Right because of that no one was overly concerned when they in the third round of FA Cup lost away to Manchester City 4-1 last weekend as only few expected that can do something against very good Citizens. On top of it, on the list of injured players are still goalkeeper Heaton, defender Ward, midfielders Arfield and Brady, and forward Wood, which is why the club management loaned young winger N’Koudou from Tottenham last week.
Probable lineups Burnley: Pope – Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor – Cork, Defour – Gudmundsson, Hendrick, N'Koudou – Barnes
Crystal Palace – Burnley PICK
Regardless that the Palace is in a bit better shape than Burnley at the moment we should bear in mind that the visiting team currently has even 12 points more and one of best defences in the league, which is why we have decided to play here on less number of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.60 t bet365 (down to 1.55 can be played)