Burnley vs Crystal Palace preview: Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns for Palace
Last Updated: 02/03/19 7:41am
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to return for Crystal Palace to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Wan-Bissaka has not featured since Palace's 1-1 draw with West Ham on February 9, but Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is in contention for selection at Turf Moor.
"Aaron Wan-Bissaka is fit again now which is a boost for us," he said.
"It's been a fantastic year for Aaron. I like how hard he works and how firmly he has been able to keep his feet on the ground.
"His consistency, work rate and humility to learn and grow are all wonderful assets."
Sean Dyche insists he is unconcerned where his Burnley side collects points from ahead of the visit of Palace, who, like the Lancashire club, are sitting five points above the bottom three.
He said: "At the end of the day, it's important to take points from anywhere. The challenge of the Premier League is relentless and we showed that by beating Tottenham, that was a massive three points.
"You've got to get as many points on the board as you can, no matter where they come from. Every game is an important game. It does show every game is a chance you can win.
"Obviously statistically it is harder to beat the top six, we know that, but every game is an important game and we just keep focusing and keep the players focused on that."
Ashley Westwood is expected to return to the heart of Burnley's midfield ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace.
Westwood was a late withdrawal from the side that were beaten at Newcastle in midweek because of illness, but the 28-year-old is available for this weekend and should resume his central midfield partnership with Jack Cork.
Fellow midfielders Steven Defour (calf) and Aaron Lennon (knee) continue to be sidelined.
For Palace, Pape Souare is not fit while Mamadou Sakho misses out after undergoing knee surgery in Paris on Thursday.
- Burnley have lost their last two Premier League games against Crystal Palace, though both have been at Selhurst Park.
- Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 10 away league visits to Turf Moor against Burnley (W1 D4 L5), a 3-2 win in January 2015.
- Burnley's midweek Premier League 0-2 defeat at Newcastle United ended an eight-game unbeaten run in the competition (W5 D3 L0); which was their longest-ever unbeaten streak in the Premier League.
- Burnley are unbeaten in four Premier League games at Turf Moor; winning three and drawing one. All three wins in this run have come against London clubs: West Ham United, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.
- Crystal Palace have won a league-high share 56.7 per cent of their Premier League points away from home this season (17/30).
- Burnley have won just three of their last 19 Premier League matches when they've made a change to their starting XI (D2 L14) but are unbeaten in their last eight when they've named an unchanged side (W5 D3).
Crystal Palace are a weird team; a great result at Leicester, and then they're beaten by Man Utd, who had a lot of injuries.
I watched Burnley the other night against Newcastle, and you think: 'How did you beat Tottenham a few days ago?' Unreal.
I'm going for Burnley win, but it's a tight one.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)