It’s probably too early to describe the clash between Palace and Burnley as a “six-pointer” but with both sides in trouble at the foot of the Premier League table, it really does feel like a key moment in their respective seasons.
With that in mind, Sean Dyche was understandably pleased to announce that Johann Berg Gudmundsson and James Tarkowski are back in contention for a start at Selhurst Park, after the pair missed Monday night’s defeat at home to Newcastle. Whilst it would be foolish of me to deny that the Clarets have been in wretched form, a part of me still worries about a potential backlash, given the success they enjoyed in the not-too-distant past.
Having started the current campaign vying for a spot in the Europa League group stages, Dyche and his players still have what it takes to produce victories at this level, meaning Palace will have to be on their mettle if they are to take three points from the encounter tomorrow afternoon.
Still waiting to score their first home goal from open play and without a home win since the back-end of last season, Roy Hodgson will be absolutely desperate to get the monkey off his back by the time kick-off rolls around. Admittedly, last weekend’s hard-fought point away at Manchester United will send us into the game in buoyant mood but having struggled in front of our own fans since August, a victory is far from a foregone conclusion.
It’s sure to be a physical test against the side from the North West but one that you’d hope our players are ready for. A win would generate a huge amount of momentum ahead of Tuesday’s trip to face Brighton at The Amex Stadium. Win both games and the supporters and our supporters will be walking on air for days to come.