While many Premier League clubs continue to scratch and claw for any points possible, that really is not the case for the teams in our featured Monday showdown – Crystal Palace and Burnley.
While many saw both of these clubs potentially being mired in a relegation battle this campaign, both Palace and Burnley have avoided that drama. Instead, these sides enter Monday tied on points, sit 10th and 11th respectively, and if anything – will be pushing for an improbable European spot.
Though Palace were routinely throttled in their last match at Anfield against Liverpool, that really isn’t their level of competition. With little to play for down the stretch, manager Roy Hodgson will be pushing for Palace’s highest-ever Premier League finish, and know that teams like Burnley are ones they should beat.
For Burnley, it’s a brief layoff after winning against Watford last Thursday. His club continues to get the job done defensively, having kept an impressive 12 clean sheets so far this season. Manager Sean Dyche continues to have structure and organization be the main features of Burnley, and it has been effective in their Premier League run thus far.
Continue reading on beneath the odds for further team news, tactical analysis, and a betting prediction for Palace vs. Burnley. We’ve had a good run of soccer betting success from over the weekend, and will be keen to see that continuing to improve. Enjoy the fixture!
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+135)
Over 2 (+100)
Under 2 (-120)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley Pick:
As indicated by the goal totals above, don’t expect too many chances or scoring opportunities in this contest. Both sides have got it done with structure and defensive play this season, and don’t take their safety as a deviation from that strategy.
Palace will also likely be without their most creative attacker in Wilfried Zaha. The talented winger limped off early against Liverpool last week, and with his fitness in doubt – it will make things significantly more difficult for the weak Crystal Palace attack.
In goal, first-team keeper Vicente Guaita remains out injured meaning Wayne Hennessey will get another start at home. Hennessey was not all that great against Liverpool and will surely be looking for a bounceback outing.
Burnley too haven’t been able to avoid their own personal injury bug. Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, and Johan Berg Gudmundsson will all be out – significantly puncturing their attacking play and creativity up front. Jay Rodriguez is also in doubt for the Clarets.
Both defenses enter healthy and in fine form, and don’t expect to see either coach open things up too drastically, as it really does not suit their rosters. In fact, both Palace and Burnely’s defenses are far more talented than the projected strikers for Monday afternoon, and that should result in a tight and low-scoring affair.
If I had to pick a winner in this contest, personally I’d wait for the lineups to be released pre-match – but we lean Palace on Monday afternoon. Jordan Ayew has shown an ability to get goals from nothing, and that is quite likely what this match will require. Look for an unfortunately dull and low-scoring encounter on Monday.
Pick: 1-0 Crystal Palace