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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Clarets' Vokes can set the scene at Turf Moor

Sam Vokes celebrates after scoring against Chelsea
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Patience is a rare commodity in the Premier League and, just three games into the season, there is already speculation over Frank de Boer's future as Crystal Palace manager.

Defeats to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea mean the pressure is on De Boer, who was sacked after only 85 days in his previous job at Inter.

Palace are yet to score a league goal under their new boss and, with Wilfried Zaha still sidelined and new signing Mamadou Sakho short of match fitness, the trip to Burnley looks a daunting assignment for the Eagles.

The Clarets did the double over Palace last season and few visiting teams relished their fixture at Turf Moor, where Sean Dyche's men won nine of their 13 games against sides who finished outside the top six.

Few expected them to kick off the 2017-18 campaign by taking four points from away fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham but home games against clubs such as Palace probably hold the key to Burnley's survival hopes.

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They lost their first home game of the season 1-0 to West Brom, who finished with ten men, but they had 20 efforts at goal that day and are a settled unit who play to their strengths under Dyche.

The Burnley boss will certainly have noted the way Palace struggled to contain Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie in their opening game and he can unleash one or both of his powerful forwards Sam Vokes and Chris Wood.

New Zealander Wood scored a late equaliser against Tottenham at Wembley on his debut but Vokes has taken to the Premier League impressively and looks a solid each-way first-goalscorer bet.

The Welshman scored in the second minute of the corresponding fixture last season, finishing the campaign with five goals in his last five games.

And the burly striker started this term in spectacular fashion with two first-half goals in the Clarets' shock 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Sakho's arrival on a permanent basis, after an impressive loan spell at Selhurst Park, should be a major long-term boost to Palace's defence but the undercooked Frenchman is unlikely to be thrown in at Turf Moor.

Palace's last game before the international break, a 2-0 home defeat to Swansea, was marred by sloppy individual errors from defenders Martin Kelly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Burnley's style of play is bound to put pressure on the visiting rearguard.

Striker Christian Benteke, who missed a great chance at 0-0 against his former club Liverpool, was an isolated figure against the Swans and his Burnley counterpart Vokes should expect better service, particularly given Robbie Brady's excellent set-piece delivery.

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Team news
Jeff Hendrick missed Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers with a thigh injury and could be sidelined again. Chris Wood is pushing for his first Clarets start up front and Jon Walters is also available.

Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha is still out but Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye should be fit. However, Mamadou Sakho lacks match fitness and is unlikely to feature.

Key stat
Burnley have conceded only 21 goals in their last 20 Premier League home matches.

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The Clarets did the double over Palace last season and few visiting teams relished their fixture at Turf Moor
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