Burnley host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League as we welcome club football back into our lives following a rather boring international break.
The Clarets have endured a very tough start to the season, having won just one of their opening 11 league fixtures. Five draws and five defeats in the other ten leave them 18th in the table, although their spirits will have been lifted in the couple of weeks prior to the international break, beating Brentford 3-1 before snatching an unlikely point at Chelsea last time out.
In their quest to continue that promising upturn in form, however, they must overcome Patrick Vieira's Palace who have arguably proven to be the league's surprise package this campaign. Their strong performances have finally started yielding results of late, having earned a fantastic 2-0 victory at Manchester City before beating Wolves by the same score last time out. An impressive start to life at Selhurst Park sees Vieira and his players sit 10th in the table and only beaten by Liverpool in their last nine.
Here's 90min's preview of this Premier League clash.
How to watch Burnley vs Crystal Palace on TV
When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Turf Moor
TV channel? Soccer Saturday - SKy Sports (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, BBC Match of the Day (UK)
Referee? Simon Hooper
VAR? Graham Scott
Burnley team news
There are no fresh injury woes for Dyche's side. Ashley Barnes will likely miss out on Saturday, having been unavailable for the three league games prior to the international break.
Meanwhile, the Burnley boss should be able to call upon Aaron Lennon, who has reportedly recovered from illness.
You can read Burnley's predicted lineup here.
Crystal Palace team news
Summer arrival Joachim Andersen was forced to pull out of international duty with Denmark over the break, although it is believed that his issue is nothing serious and that he should be fit for selection this weekend.
Elsewhere, there is fantastic news for Palace fans. Eberechi Eze featured for the club's Under-23 side before the international break and could be in line to be in his first matchday squad since sustaining an Achilles injury in May.
You can read Crystal Palace's predicted lineup here.
Burnley vs Crystal Palace head to head record
Dating back to 1909, these two clubs have faced each other 51 times. Burnley have come out victorious 21 times while Palace have only beaten Saturday's opponents 13 times (17 draws).
In recent history, both sides have enjoyed periods of dominance. From January 2018 to November 2019, Palace came out on top in four consecutive meetings in the Premier League, although Burnley have held the advantage most recently. Sean Dyche's men are on a run of three straight wins over the Eagles without conceding a goal - a run stretching back to June 2020.
Burnley vs Crystal Palace prediction
Burnley may be aiming for a fourth consecutive win over Saturday's opposition, but they face a different proposition to the Palace of before.
Vieira seems to have built on Roy Hodgson's stable foundations with newfound attacking flare within the squad. The likes of Odsonne Edouard, centre-back pairing Andersen and Marc Guehi, and particularly Conor Gallagher have all added some spark, and they look a real force when on song - just ask Pep Guardiola.
The Clarets have endured a tough few months so far, but recent form has given them plenty to smile about.
With both teams in high spirits - one more than the other, admittedly - heading into this one, it should be an interesting contest. With the way this season has shaped up so far, though, you'd have to back Vieira's side to grab another result here.
Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace