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The 3-3 draw with Burnley shows that Crystal Palace are the new cheerleaders of the Premier League

Roll Up, Roll Up, Don’t Miss Patrick Vieira’s Great Cheerleaders: The 3-3 draw with Burnley shows once again that Crystal Palace is now exciting to watch, but the Eagles must squeeze in the back.

  • Crystal Palace drew 3-3 with Burnley in a passionate match on Saturday
  • Patrick Vieira has transformed Palace into the new cheerleaders of the leagues
  • But they need to toughen up at the rear in away games and Vieira knows it.


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Roll up, roll up, Crystal Palace is in town. Those words were hardly necessary during Roy Hodgson’s era at Selhurst Park, despite admiration for what the former England manager did at the club. But there is a shift in emphasis under Patrick Vieira and early indications suggest they will be the new cheerleaders for the Premier League.

Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Burnley was a good example and there have now been 22 goals in the Eagles’ six games in their travels. They suffered wide defeats at Liverpool and Chelsea, but have scored at least two in their other four away games, highlighted by a huge win at Manchester City last month.

The high-scoring draws at Arsenal and now here at Turf Moor could easily have been wins, had Palace not given up the lead.

Saturday's 3-3 draw with Burnley shows Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace is entertaining

Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Burnley shows Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace is entertaining

Christian Benteke is in great vain form after scoring two goals against Burnley

Christian Benteke is in great vain form after scoring two goals against Burnley

Christian Benteke is in great vain form after scoring two goals against Burnley

The appearances of England rookie Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, and wing player Michael Olise have given new impetus, while Christian Benteke is starting to take the lead again, with four goals in his last five games. This year is the most productive since 2016.

But aside from a clean sheet in the 2-0 win at the Etihad, Palace has thrown at least two goals in their other away games. And the three delivered here showed vulnerability in set pieces that Vieira knows must be eradicated.

It's still early, but Vieira seems to have completely transformed Crystal Palace

It's still early, but Vieira seems to have completely transformed Crystal Palace

It’s still early, but Vieira seems to have completely transformed Crystal Palace

“When you come to Burnley, you expect to suffer in the air and we have to deal with that,” he said. “We need to improve that aspect of our game because in the modern game set pieces are hugely important. We need to spend more time training and dealing with those issues.

‘The teams that we are going to play will analyze our strengths and weaknesses to prepare. We have to look at ourselves to improve and be stronger. ‘

This point wasn’t enough to knock Burnley out of the bottom three, but Chris Wood scored his 50th goal in the Premier League. The great Kiwi is one of six players to have reached double figures in each of the last four Premier League seasons. He has three for this season, and the 29-year-old will need a lot more to get the Clarets out of harm’s way.

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