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Crystal Palace vs Burnley predicted XIs: Confirmed team news and probable lineups

By Squawka News

Published: 10:25, 23 February 2024

A new era begins for Crystal Palace this Saturday as Oliver Glasner prepares to take charge of his first match at home to Burnley.

Roy Hodgson called time on his Palace career this week with the club only five points clear of the drop zone, while visitors Burnley are in the thick of the battle at the bottom and in desperate need of points.

Both sides will see this match as ‘must-win’ and ‘winnable’ in equal measure.

Oliver Glasner promises Crystal Palace fans ‘goalscoring’ philosophy

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There is a level of excitement building around Selhurst Park following the arrival of Oliver Glasner as manager. The Austrian has already enjoyed a good level of success across his first decade in the dugout, taking Eintracht Frankfurt to the Europa League title in 2021/22 before finishing runner-up in the DFB-Pokal a year later. And across his entire career so far — which has taken in spells with SV Ried and LAS Linz in his home and, as well as Wolfsburg and Frankfurt in Germany — Glasner has enjoyed a 48.69% win rate, with 651 goals scored in 382 games.

Roy Hodgson did brilliantly to stabilize Palace upon his return to the club, but that was very much built on a solid defensive structure and a reliance on talented individuals like Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise to make things happen at the other end. That’s been the script for Palace for a while, even before Hodgson’s latest spell in charge.

But now, they have a forward-thinking coach who has promised his side will be on the hunt for goals.

“The philosophy is easy; it is scoring goals,” said Glasner. “As I tell the players, this is why we started playing football. No one went on the pitch when they were young to defend. We should never forget this.

“The fans want to see us fighting and playing together to score a goal. Then, of course, we think about how we defend, whether a high press or a low block, but the philosophy is about scoring goals.”

Glasner added: “We want to get as many points and wins as we can. It is very important that we play the same way at Selhurst Park or in the away games.

“We always need to trust in ourselves, our teammates and what we do. It’s not a sprint or a marathon but maybe [a 5k] or something like that. I am confident we will reach our goal and that we can improve as a team and individually.”

Crystal Palace vs Burnley team news

Key players Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Marc Guehi are all sidelined for the Eagles, while Will Hughes is a doubt after picking up a knock against Everton.

Aaron Ramsey, Lyle Foster, Nathan Redmond, Jordan Beyer and Luca Koleosho are all unavailable for Burnley.

Crystal Palace (3-4-2-1): Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Richards; Munoz, Lerma, Wharton, Mitchell; Ayew, Edouard; Mateta.

Burnley (4-4-2): Trafford; Assignon, O’Shea, Esteve, Delcroix; Ramsey, Berge, Brownhill, Odobert; Datro Fofana, Amdouni.