Both Palace and Burnley are enjoying an upturn in fortunes of late, however we won't be expecting either side to dominate in Lancashire on Saturday afternoon.
Alan Pardew is proving himself to be a fans’ favourite at Selhurst Park and little wonder given that he has steered the Eagles to two successive wins since he took the reins. He will be eager to make it three from three when his side travel to Turf Moor, however we expect the hosts to scupper these plans and win a share of the spoils.
Three sides sit level on 20 points just above the relegation places, two of these being Crystal Palace and Burnley. A win for either side would lift them towards the middle of the table in what is an extremely congested bottom half of the table, however the Eagles have failed to win any of their last eight away matches in the Premier League and we don’t anticipate this changing on Saturday.
During this time, the side have also failed to find the back of the net in four successive away games, however the arrival of Yaya Sanogo could inject a new lease of life into the Palace attack.
Burnley will be kicking themselves following their 4-2 defeat to Spurs in a midweek FA Cup third round replay after surging into a two goal lead. Nevertheless, their fortunes have improved in the Premier League and we expect them to continue avoiding defeat with a share of the spoils at Turf Moor.
Clarets gaffer Sean Dyche will be without the services of Matthew Taylor, Kevin Long and Stephen Ward, however Ashley Barnes will feature in the line-up as will striker Sam Vokes.
Over at Palace, Pardew will be without James McArthur as well as both Yannick and Mile Jedinak who are in African Cup and Asian Cup action respectively.
Palace have failed to find the back of the net in their last four top flight matches on the road and this fact, coupled with Burnley’s record of under 2.5 goals in each of their last seven outings would suggest that this will be a very low scoring affair.
Both sides sit level on twenty points and with their recent form being extremely similar, we’ll be backing a low scoring draw at Turf Moor.
Our betting tips
Under 2.5 Goals – Betway 13/20
Match ending in draw – Bet365 9/4
All odds were correct at time of posting.