Preview: Crystal Palace vs Burnley
Conor Gallagher celebrates with team mates following his goal at Vicarage Road v Watford

Crystal Palace welcome a resurgent Burnley side to Selhurst Park this afternoon as both sides will be looking to extend their winning streaks when the two clash at 3 pm.

Palace took all three points at Vicarage Road in Wednesday night's game away at Watford, which was a much-needed result for Patrick Vieira's side. The Eagles had failed to win in any of their Premier League games since the 28th of December before that victory.

Previous to that, it was a narrow defeat to fellow Londoners Chelsea, who snatched victory from Palace in the 86th minute last weekend. Another result in which Palace would have been angered to not have taken more from the match. 

No doubt, there will be a few players within the Eagles' arsenal who will be desperate to continue good form. Vieira praised a Zaha brace late on against Watford and will hope the Ivorian continues his good run. 

Vieira comments about Wilfried Zaha

"People will talk about the two goals he scored and I think it was fantastic for the team but what I loved about Wilfried today was his work ethic," Vieira said in his post-match interview. 

The first victory in five games for Vieira's Palace will see a change of mindset for the Eagles. They now sit in 11th and climb that little further away from the relegation battle and will be able to have one eye on their FA Cup tie against Stoke City on Tuesday night.

However, the focus for Vieira's men will be the Clarets today. 

Speaking of Burnley, they come off the back of an emphatic home win against Tottenham, and the week before, a comfortable 0-3 victory away at Brighton and Hove Albion. The picture up at Turf Moor has been pretty bleak of late, however, these huge wins will have given Sean Dyche's men hope of Premier League survival. 

Burnley travel to London in the 18th position, and if other results go their way, they could find themselves out of the drop zone with a win later this afternoon and still have a game in hand on fellow strugglers Newcastle United who sit just two points above them in 17th.

What happened when the sides met earlier this season?

The two sides met at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign, which saw the sides share the points with a dramatic 3-3 draw, seeing a thrilling five-goal first half. 

Burnley clinched a draw with a late Maxwell Cornet equaliser after goals from Marc Guehi and a Christian Benteke double that saw Palace go into the halftime interval ahead. 

How will the teams approach the game?

Conor Gallagher returned to the Palace starting XI at Vicarage Road and notched another outstanding goal to help Palace restore their one-goal advantage at halftime following a quick equaliser from Watford's Moussa Sissoko - which cancelled out Jean Phillipe Mateta's deflected opener. 

Gallagher made up one of Vieira's favoured three-man midfield - joined by Cheikou Kouyate and Will Hughes. A returning James McArthur replaced Hughes late on as he looked to be getting back to his pre-injury form. This will give Vieira a selection headache in the midfield, with several different combinations to choose from. Vieira has been known to also play Jeffrey Schlupp on the left side of that three in midfield, so it will be interesting to see how he will approach the game with his selections. 

Burnley, on the other hand, can lay thanks to their recent form at new signing, Wout Weghorst, as the big Dutch striker's entrance at Turf Moor has filled the gap left by the departed Chris Wood. The Dutchman has already seen him open his scoring account with the Clarets at the Amex last weekend. 

He will have to be on top of his game to have any effect on a formidable Palace central defensive pairing of Guehi and Joachim Andersenwho limited Romelu Lukaku to a Premier League record seven touches within the game last weekend. 

With all of the above in mind, it could make for a scintillating clash in SE25 this afternoon.

 

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