Burnley will return to action on Monday when they entertain Crystal Palace in the England Premier League at Turf Moor. Burnley have been on a poor run in recent fixtures and would welcome these 3-points to ease out of the relegation zone.
The home side will welcome back services of defenders Phil Bardsley and Erik Pieters, but there are still concerns over Robbie Brady, who has a tight hamstring problem.
Burnley entertain this game with just two points from seven games. Sean Dyche’s side has, however, played two games less than the rest of the teams around them in the league. The manager will be hoping to grab his first win of the season and he is desperate to kick-off a run of positive results with a victory here on Monday.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace will be hoping to keep Burnley winless when they travel for this Premier League encounter. Defensive trio Joel Ward, Tyrick Mitchell and James Tomkins return to training and could be in contention.
Eberechi Eze is nursing a niggle, but he should be fit enough to feature in the starting lineup. There will be no Luka Milivojevic, however, as the midfielder is out due to suspension.
Crystal Palace come into this game sitting ninth in the Premier League standings with 13-points and have a win percentage of 50%. A win Monday at Burnley could see them move as high as fifth in the table, which would be above the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
But despite Burnley sitting 19th in the standings, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson isn’t getting two carried away and remains weary ahead of the road trip, as he knows that Dyche is a quality manager who is capable of turning things around at given anytime.
“It’s only a few matches into the season and they have played one match less that us anyways,” Hodgson said. “I am not paying too much attention to that,” added the manager about the current struggles of Burnley.
“I thing it’s probably easier for Sean who has been at Burnley for a long time to know what to do. They have their game plan firmly established.”
OUR PREDICTION – CRYSTAL PALCE 2, BURNLEY 1