Burnley 27/20 to win against Crystal Palace in Sunday's Premier League clash

Burnley FC news Nick Pope eager for more action after impressive Premier League debut

Crystal Palace travel to Burnley on Sunday with Frank de Boer keen to pick up his first points since taking over at Selhurst Park, however he will have to do it without Connor Wickham, Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho, according to the club's official website.

The arrival of former Ajax coach De Boer as Sam Allardyce's successor was meant to herald an elevation in the quality of the Eagles' playing style, but Palace are now the first top-flight team since the 1924-25 season to lose their first four matches without scoring a goal.

De Boer had a two-hour conversation this week with the Palace chairman, Steve Parish, but the manager said that was standard procedure and everyone at the club was aware he is working to meet long-term goals.

"For me, the glass is always half full", De Boer said. "When I'm still the manager of Palace, I will give 100%".

Palace finished 14th in the Premier League last season, but defeats to Huddersfield Town, Liverpool, Swansea City and Burnley have left supporters angry that further signings were not made.

A catastrophic backpass from Lee Chung-yong gave Wood a golden chance to open the scoring after just 169 seconds, and the New Zealand worldwide made no mistake with a fine first-time finish.

"But if you look all over at how we showed spirit, I think we were quite dynamic".

Yet at home they have yet to score a goal or earn a point.

They lost 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday as an early defensive mistake cost them dear and de Boer's side missed several glorious chances as Scott Dann and Christian Benteke were both off target.

Despite an aggressive, improved performance at Turf Moor, Palace host Southampton on Saturday still searching for their first point - and goal - of the campaign.

They now find themselves second from the bottom, and according to recent reports, De Boer could face the sack if Palace don't win on Sunday.

"There was only one team who deserved the win today and it was us", de Boer said. We did it after every game. "Everybody says you play 3-4-3 but if you see the players I put into our squad, our wing-backs were defenders, so normally you can say I play 5-2-3". I am convinced they understand what they have to do.

De Boer's men kept the Clarets pinned back but couldn't find a way through to seriously test Pope as his team-mates defended with great discipline to protect their lead.

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