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Burnley v Crystal Palace – how they compare going into the summer
Theo Miller
367 days ago
Burnley and Crystal Palace will have similar priorities going into the summer after a solid 2018-19 campaign.

Nine points separated the two clubs in the end but both managers will be satisfied with their team's season, which saw them comfortably avoid relegation.

Burnley, after finishing seventh the previous year, struggled in the first few months but collected 28 of their 40 points from matchday 20 onwards, sealing safety with three games to spare.

Palace meanwhile struggled for consistency, particularly at home, but were never really in relegation danger and finished the season with a flourish, winning three and drawing one of their final four games to finish 12th.

It means the Eagles will enjoy a seventh successive Premier League season – the longest top-flight run in the club's history. Burnley meanwhile can look forward to a fourth successive Premier League campaign, their best run in the top flight since the early 1970s.

So what are their plans for the summer?

Well, Burnley boss Sean Dyche has already revealed he is under no pressure to sell any of his key players. However, Dyche is not one to gamble in the transfer market either, so don't expect a slew of big-money arrivals at Turf Moor this summer.

Dyche's cautious approach has seen him lean towards signing older players, with academy product Dwight McNeil, 19, the only player aged under 25 in the first-team squad.

Going for experience is fine, but if Burnley are to progress you suspect some fresh legs are needed if they are to safely negotiate another gruelling Premier League season.

For Palace, their summer is likely to revolve around one man - Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian winger has reportedly told the club he wants to leave, but the Eagles will do all they can to keep him at Selhurst Park.

If Zaha does stay then Palace have a classy player to build their team around. If he leaves then Roy Hodgson will have to spend the cash windfall very wisely.

The one thing both clubs will have to watch out for this summer is complacency. The Premier League is a ruthless division and surviving in it for a few years is no guarantee for success the following year. Stoke had never finished below 14th in their nine-year stay in the division before their relegation in 2018.

Burnley and Palace will be wary of avoiding the same fate as they begin their preparations for the new campaign.