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Burnley vs. Crystal Palace

Turf Moor

Wednesday 11th March 2009

7:45pm

Where Eagles Dare but that`s Chris not Palace

The Clarets return to their play-offs battle in the Championship on Wednesday night with Crystal Palace the visitors to Turf Moor. Every match until the end of the season is now a must-win game if we are to achieve our play-offs dream and Clarets fans will be hoping only one Eagles, the one called Chris will be smiling come the end of the game.

Setting the Scene

Burnley are currently in 7th place on 55 points, four points behind in-form Cardiff in 4th place and 5th placed Sheffield United. Both these sides have games in hand over the Clarets but have games tonight so our position could change by the time we trot out at Turf Moor tomorrow night.

We simply just have to win all our remaining five home games and hope to get as many points away from home as possible in the five games on the road still to play before the end of the season.

We could be in a straight race with local rivals, Preston for the 6th and final play-offs spot. The Lilywhites are currently in 6th spot just one point ahead of the Clarets having played one game more. That will be two games more by tonight with Sheffield Wednesday the visitors to Deepdale.

The Clarets would also have been playing tonight if it was not for our FA Cup run and playing Arsenal at the Emirates only last Sunday. The game against Palace was therefore put back a night to give the Clarets a decent time to rest and recover.

The Clarets go into the game against Palace on the back of an honourable 3-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates in the FA Cup 5th round last Sunday. We were simply outclassed in that game but in no way did we disgrace ourselves and tried our best against an opposition that was far too strong for us.

We can now at least focus on our Championship campaign, so let`s hope we can now plough on and reach the play-offs come early May.

Palace have not had the best of things recently although they did break a bad run of form by beating Preston at home 2-1 in their last game. Nevertheless they do seem to have blown their chances of reaching the play-offs and are currently 13th on 47 points. They have only won one of their last six away games, losing four and drawing one.

At the moment there is no news of any injuries to our players after the Arsenal clash although we have to hope that Chris Eagles will be fit to play after looking distinctly jaded and ineffective against the Gunners before being substituted in the second half. Clarets fans will be hoping he has not had a recurrence of his chest infection and asthma problems since we really need him to be firing on all cylinders in the run up to the end of the season.

The Clarets will also be boosted by the return of Rhys Williams who was ineligible to play in the Arsenal game and Michael Duff will also be available after sitting out a one match suspension for a fifth yellow he picked up in the recent home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Owen Coyle therefore seems to have numerous options in the back four. Both Caldwell and Carlisle have put in two excellent performances in the last two games against Blackpool and the Gunners and I can`t see Duff displacing any of those or indeed being selected at right back with Rhys Williams returning. It looks like Duff may have to be content with a place on the bench and the same goes for Jordan with Kalvenes looking good at left back in recent games.

We have not even mentioned Alexander so far, and it looks like he could well be returning to the holding midfield role. Coyle tried Gudjonsson in that role against the Gunners since there was no option but to have Alexander at right back. He had a pretty average game and I can`t see Joey being given that role against Palace ahead of Alexander and he looks almost certain to be relegated to the bench again.

Coyle has persisted with keeping Paterson in the starting eleven despite him looking jaded and tired in a number of games recently. I think he should now be rested but kept on the bench. I really do think it is time to give Jay Rodriguez a full 90 minutes partnering Thompson up front.

My team selection rather than a prediction would be as follows:

Jensen, Williams, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Alexander, Eagles, McCann, Blake, Rodriguez, Thompson

Subs: Penny, Duff (or Jordan), Elliott, McDonald (or Gudjonsson), Paterson

Burnley Team News:

Michael Duff is available after sitting out a one match ban against Arsenal and Rhys Williams returns

No injuries have been reported to date so Coyle would appear to have virtually a full squad to choose from

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

All eyes will be on Chris if he plays. Clarets fans will be looking for confirmation that he is now fully fit and that he simply had an off day against the Gunners.

Crystal Palace Team News:

No news yet in. We will bring you details below this article when available.

Player to watch: John Oster

Clarets fans will remember Oster`s brief spell at Turf Moor in 2005 after his career was resurrected by Steve Cotterill. He left however under a bit of a cloud having appeared to have fallen out with Cotterill over his salary. The Welsh International winger joined Reading in August 2005 and played for them virtually as a squad player more often than not coming on from the bench.

Following an unsuccessful trial at Preston, Palace signed him in August 2008 initially on a six months contract.

He has impressed the gaffer, Neil Warnock so much so his contract has been extended another 18 months.

Oster has made 27 appearances for the Eagles so far and has scored 3 goals including one on his debut against Hereford United in the Carling Cup.

Last Time We Met

We played out a goalless draw at Selhurst Park back in August 2008 which was a vast improvement on the 5-0 tonking we got at the end of the previous season on this ground. Our home game against the Eagles last season in September 2007 finished 1-1 with Robbie Blake getting our goal.

Ref Watch:

Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

No slip ups lads! 3-1 Clarets

Next Match

Back to Turf Moor on Saturday 14th March for a home game against Nottingham Forest who are currently struggling in 20th spot (Kick Off 3pm)




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Date:Tuesday March 10 2009

Time: 10:34AM

Your Comments

Coming up for this one and will be in KSC 110 club from about 6pm if anyone fancies joining me
turfmanphil
Coming up for this one and will be in KSC 110 club from about 6pm if anyone fancies joining me
turfmanphil
Bit of Palace team news from the mouth of Colin! Looking ahead to the Burnley clash, Warnock admits he may not be able to field the team that started Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win over Preston, despite him wishing to do so. Warnock told us: “I’d love to keep the same line-up, but Matt Lawrence is doubtful with a hamstring problem, and Nathan Clyne will probably step in. “Sean Scannell is also struggling, but I am expecting him to be OK. “Alan Lee is likely to miss out again as he is still suffering with a calf strain, but I hope he will be featuring soon.”
turfmanphil
Bit of Palace team news from the mouth of Colin! Looking ahead to the Burnley clash, Warnock admits he may not be able to field the team that started Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win over Preston, despite him wishing to do so. Warnock told us: “I’d love to keep the same line-up, but Matt Lawrence is doubtful with a hamstring problem, and Nathan Clyne will probably step in. “Sean Scannell is also struggling, but I am expecting him to be OK. “Alan Lee is likely to miss out again as he is still suffering with a calf strain, but I hope he will be featuring soon.”
turfmanphil
Need to get over the cup defeat and take three points from this game.
Thaibluefan
Need to get over the cup defeat and take three points from this game.
Thaibluefan
Come on Burnley we need this one in the bag the Premiership awaits i should change my profile name to Mr Motivator ;-)
8clarets8
Come on Burnley we need this one in the bag the Premiership awaits i should change my profile name to Mr Motivator ;-)
8clarets8
Well we are now 9th after tonight's results but win tomorrow and we will be 6th, crucially one game in hand over Preston and only 2 points behind 4th placed Blades! Dont do a Burnley and ***** it up lads!!
turfmanphil
Well we are now 9th after tonight's results but win tomorrow and we will be 6th, crucially one game in hand over Preston and only 2 points behind 4th placed Blades! Dont do a Burnley and ***** it up lads!!
turfmanphil
Come on lads we need a result from this if not just to get one over Warnock keeping the faith now i am really considering changing my profile name only joking come on you Clarets
8clarets8
Come on lads we need a result from this if not just to get one over Warnock keeping the faith now i am really considering changing my profile name only joking come on you Clarets
8clarets8
More Palace Team News from Sky Sports:Nick Carle returns to the Crystal Palace squad for the trip to Turf Moor. The Australian midfielder has completed a three-game ban for his sending off during the goalless draw with Birmingham last month. He is likely to be on the bench after Neil Danns got on the scoresheet in the 2-1 win over Preston on Saturday. Defender Claude Davis will be fit despite taking a couple of whacks to the head at the weekend, with manager Neil Warnock explaining "there's nothing in there to damage". Anthony Stokes keeps his place up front after his goalscoring full debut against Preston, Alan Lee and Nathanial Clyne will push for recalls after dropping out on Saturday but Paddy McCarthy (shoulder) and Victor Moses (hamstring) are still missing.
turfmanphil
More Palace Team News from Sky Sports:Nick Carle returns to the Crystal Palace squad for the trip to Turf Moor. The Australian midfielder has completed a three-game ban for his sending off during the goalless draw with Birmingham last month. He is likely to be on the bench after Neil Danns got on the scoresheet in the 2-1 win over Preston on Saturday. Defender Claude Davis will be fit despite taking a couple of whacks to the head at the weekend, with manager Neil Warnock explaining "there's nothing in there to damage". Anthony Stokes keeps his place up front after his goalscoring full debut against Preston, Alan Lee and Nathanial Clyne will push for recalls after dropping out on Saturday but Paddy McCarthy (shoulder) and Victor Moses (hamstring) are still missing.
turfmanphil
What a result 4-2 great come back proud as punch get in there :-)
8clarets8
What a result 4-2 great come back proud as punch get in there :-)
8clarets8
Superb spirit/character shown by the boys - Keep it going!
Claretdale
Superb spirit/character shown by the boys - Keep it going!
Claretdale
Thought we had blown this one bigtime and even at 2-2 was thinking a point is not enough then BANG BANG! Fantastic fight back lads
turfmanphil
Thought we had blown this one bigtime and even at 2-2 was thinking a point is not enough then BANG BANG! Fantastic fight back lads
turfmanphil
please lads get one over on that horrible man warnock.
bluemooner_mcfc
please lads get one over on that horrible man warnock.
bluemooner_mcfc
 

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