Burnley-Crystal Palace Preview
Crystal Palace aim to continue their recently solid Premier League play Saturday against Burnley at Selhurst Park.
After spending some time in the relegation zone, Roy Hodgson's club is 4-6-1 since mid-November and sits in 14th place on 22 points.
In their most recent Premier League outing, the Eagles (5-7-10) earned an impressive 2-1 victory over Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. Shane Long opened the scoring on 17 minutes for the Saints, but goals from James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic inside the final 25 minutes propelled Palace to victory.
The club took that momentum into the midweek FA Cup clash against Brighton & Hove Albion, but lost 2-1. The Eagles fell behind after 25 minutes, but went back on level terms thanks to a 69th-minute tally from Bakary Sako. The match looked headed for a replay, but Glenn Murray's strike three minutes from time sent Palace out of the competition.
"It was so frustrating to concede so late in the game with us doing so well to come back into the match, with the lads working so hard," Sako said. "We are soon back to the league action so we need to recover well and get back on the training pitch and be ready for the weekend."
Palace have been on the short end of this fixture recently, losing each of the last three meetings. But they can take some solace in the fact that only Arsenal and Everton have claimed more points (12) from losing positions than Palace (11).
Burnley (9-7-6) find themselves in seventh place, but are struggling through an 0-3-3 stretch in all competitions after a 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the third round of FA Cup play. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring for Burnley on 25 minutes, but Sergio Aguero netted a brace to go with goals from Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva.
Despite their current rut, Clarets defender Ben Mee sees only positives going forward.
"It's a big second half of the season for ourselves, to see where we can take the club. It's going to be exciting times," the Clarets' acting captain said.
"We have been playing well, so we're not really taking that too much to heart. The stats might say no wins in six, but we've got three draws out of that and it's not all doom and gloom. We are looking forward. We've got some good games coming up and ones we feel we can win."
Burnley are unbeaten in each of their last three Premier League matches in London (2-1-0), this after losing 13 of their 15 previous visits.
Updated January 11, 2018