After seeing their strong start to the season halted by back-to-back defeats to Everton and Chelsea, Crystal Palace bounced back with a 4-1 win over Leeds United at Selhurst Park before the international break.
The Eagles kicked off the campaign in style after they stunned Southampton at St Mary’s, before Roy Hodgson’s side picked up their most impressive result of the season so far when they thumped Manchester United in a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford.
But with an away trip to Turf Moor on Monday night, Palace will know they will have a tall order if they are to keep their newfound momentum going against Burnley.
Jeffrey Schlupp is one player in particular who has fallen out of favour in recent weeks. Having started five of their first eight fixtures in the Premier League this season, the 27-year-old was replaced by Eberechi Eze in the second half during the defeat to Wolves, before he was benched for the following game against the Whites.
However, Eze will be assessed by Palace medical staff after he withdrew from the England U21 squad last week, which has paved the way for Schlupp to earn a recall to the starting line-up.
Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha could carve up Burnley’s leaky defence once again, with the pair scoring seven goals and supplying seven assists between them in total in the top flight last term.
It was their partnership in the 2-0 win over Sean Dyche’s side back in November 2019 that caused the Clarets all sorts of problems, and Hodgson described him as an “underrated” talent, heaping praise on his individual attributes.
The Ghana international – who is a real threat in the air and bombs up and down the flank like a machine with a limitless battery – has an impressive record against Burnley, as he has scored two goals and won three out of five games in the Premier League so far.
Giving Eze the time to recover and bringing the £9m-rated Schlupp in instead could be decisive if Palace are to pick up a vital three points tonight.
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