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- Seven of the last eight skirmishes between Palace and Burnley returned fewer than 2.5 goals.
- Under 2.5 goals have been notched in 16 of Burnley’s 23 league assignments this season.
- Burnley beat Palace 1-0 in each of the clubs’ last two meetings.
- Burnley have scored one or fewer goals in 19 of their 23 league matches this term.
Don’t expect fireworks at Selhurst Park
The Premier League’s lowest scorers Burnley take their goal-shy show on the road to the capital on Saturday where another low-key contest against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park looks likely.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles looked short on cutting edge without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha in their last assignment against a Leeds outfit that have been conceding chances and goals by the bucketful, and the 28-year-old’s absence is expected to be key again this week.
Palace had been averaging just over a goal per game with the freewheeling Zaha on the flank, but without the Ivorian’s bag of tricks, their output in the final third has shrunk even further.
Burnley’s bumpy patch
A run of three defeats in four matches, which included a mortifying 2-0 reverse at home to Bournemouth in the FA Cup, has taken the wind out of Burnley’s sails ahead of their London jaunt, though the Clarets’ recent record against Palace is cause for optimism.
Burnley are looking to topple the Eagles for the third time in a row following successive 1-0 wins against them in 2020, though any margin of victory on Saturday is likely to be similarly slim.
Goal markets appeal
With Zaha sidelined and Burnley lacking punch, under 2.5 goals backers could be rewarded in what should prove a game of few chances at Selhurst Park.
Incredibly, the Clarets have scored one or fewer goals in 19 of their 23 Premier League fixtures this term, while under 2.5 goals hit the net in 16 of those same damp contests.
It’s also worth noting that seven of the last eight skirmishes between Palace and Burnley returned fewer than 2.5 goals, and with history as well as currently scoring form on our side, the same market appeals for Saturday.
Burnley got the job done against Palace earlier in the current campaign – but only just – thanks to Chris Wood’s solitary early effort, and bettors are advised to stick to that same 1-0 result in the correct score prediction stakes for the reverse fixture.
That was the score when the Clarets left Selhurst Park with three points last year, and Burnley matched that result in four of their last five Premier League away wins overall.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Palace will again be without the services of the injured Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, Connor Wickham, James Tomkins, James McArthur, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and James McCarthy, while Wilfried Zaha is unlikely to recover from a hamstring complaint in time.
Elsewhere, January arrival Jean-Philippe Mateta should retain his spot up front.
Burnley injuries and team news
Jack Cork and Nick Pope both trained this week and are in contention to start, while Josh Brownhill and Charlie Taylor are also hoping to make the Clarets’ XI.
Chris Wood is still a major doubt with a thigh injury however, and Jay Rodriguez could be given the nod alongside Ashley Barnes in his place.
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