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Crystal Palace vs Burnley: Eagles easy to oppose without Zaha

Kick-off: 1500, 13/02/2021

Stadium: Selhurst Park

TV: Sky Sports

Crystal Palace must try and find a solution to the absence of Wilfried Zaha when they host Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Zaha is undoubtedly Palace’s star man but is sidelined with a hamstring injury and the Eagles were well beaten 2-0 at Leeds on Monday night without him.

The Eagles look worth opposing once more having lost the last two meetings with their visitors and an away win at 23/10 is our opening Crystal Palace vs Burnley prediction.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Palace were fairly toothless at Elland Road on Monday when a goal early in each half condemned them to a deserved defeat.

Jordan Ayew had Palace’s first shot on target in the 36th minute and Eberechi Eze spurned a chance to reduce the deficit when blazing over from substitute Michy Batshuayi’s 67th-minute cutback.

Boss Roy Hodgson said: “We were deservedly beaten. We made life difficult for ourselves with the goals we conceded at the start of the first half and then at the start of the second half.

“We tried our best to keep Leeds at bay, but we didn’t create enough chances so we have to accept we lost to the better team and go home beaten 2-0.”

Injury problems meant Hodgson was only able to name six substitutes, while Palace’s record without Zaha makes grim reading.

They have only managed seven points and scored seven goals in the 19 matches where they have lined up without him since the start of the 2017-18 season.

During that time, they have averaged 1.25 goals per game with Zaha in the team and 0.37 without him, so under 1.5 goals appeals at 8/5 in the Crystal Palace vs Burnley odds.

Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Cahill, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Mateta.

Palace will again have to do without Zaha but defender Joel Ward (hip) should be in contention again.

Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), James Tomkins (eye), James McArthur (muscle), James McCarthy (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) and Connor Wickham (thigh) are all still unavailable.

A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds

Backers of Burnley in midweek will have been disappointed that Sean Dyche did not put more importance on an FA Cup run.

Erik Pieters’ late withdrawal from the team meant there were eight changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Brighton in the Premier League last weekend, with only Dwight McNeil, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matej Vydra retaining their starting places.

It resulted in a 2-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth but Dyche defended his team selection, with the league clearly his priority in a season when injuries have taken their toll.

“With all the changes we’ve had to make to try to protect the situation and allow us the strength to carry on in the Premier League then it’s hard to describe,” said Dyche.

“I’m happy of sorts; there were some good performances and a lot of commitment and effort to get a win. Inevitably you’re disappointed because we conceded two really poor goals.

“But the team had a go, they gave everything, it’s just they couldn’t find the key moments.”

With important players set to return at the weekend after their midweek rest, this looks a good opportunity for Burnley to ease their relegation fears.

Four of their six wins this season have been 1-0 and the Clarets beat Palace by that scoreline in the two most recent meetings in June and November.

Clearly we’re building towards another 1-0 victory for Dyche’s men at 7/1 as the last of our Crystal Palace vs Burnley betting tips.

Last Burnley line-up: Peacock-Farrell, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Driscoll-Glennon, Gudmundsson, McNeil, Stephens, Benson, Rodriguez, Vydra.

Nick Pope and Jack Cork have returned to training but Dyche still has a number of other injury concerns.

He is expected to err on the side of caution with Charlie Taylor and Robbie Brady, while Chris Wood is also doubtful but Josh Brownhill could come back into contention.

Additional stats

Last result:

Leeds 2-0 CRYSTAL PALACE

BURNLEY 0-2 Bournemouth

Head-to-head: Burnley 1-0 Palace, Palace 0-1 Burnley, Burnley 0-2 Palace, Burnley 1-3 Palace, Palace 2-0 Burnley, Palace 1-0 Burnley

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