Will Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer survive the weekend?

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

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Crystal Palace's start to the season is officially the worst in Premier League history having conceded seven goals and lost their first four games without scoring. Find out by following our live matchcast.

Only West Ham, by one goal, separate Palace from the bottom of the table, and the Hammers could overtake their fellow Londoners if they pick up their first points of the season against Huddersfield on Monday.

Crystal Palace - Hennessey 7, Ward 7, Dann 6, Fosu-Mensah 6, Schlupp 7, Puncheon 7, Cabaye 7, McArthur 7 (Riedewald 81, 6), Lee 5 (Lumeka 65, 6), Townsend 7, Benteke 7. Individually, the Clarets have one of the weakest squads in the league.

If Ben Mee and James Tarkowski communicate well and take command in their 18-yard-box, they should be able to make life hard for Christian Benteke. Dyche and his men are certain they can bag all three, but the Eagles won't go down without a fight.

Palace were back on the front foot early in the second half, but they were struggling to break down a resolute defensive display from the Clarets. Sam Vokes has been the sole striker in Burnley's attack of recent.

More capital gains capped a profitable start to the season for a side who, while Palace wrestle with an identity crisis, are clear what they are and what they can and cannot do.

That was the last effort from the hosts as they battened down the hatches and scrapped to hang on to the three points, which they managed to do thanks to Pope's excellent save from Benteke and Dann's terrible miss.

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Pointless and goalless, Palace must turn things around and quick.

A decision on De Boer's future is now likely to be made this week ahead of a daunting run of fixtures against Southampton, both Manchester clubs, and then Chelsea. Still, time is a luxury few bosses have - and judging from the look on chairman Steve Parish's face in the stands, the powers-that-be are not happy with what's happening on the pitch. "But that's football", De Boer said. "They had two fantastic chances, particularly Dann's". But the players kept attempting to play their way out as if they, too, were following preconceptions about De Boer rather than his instructions.

That confidence may be misplaced but De Boer was defiant.

"I've said it many times, we all want everything yesterday, instant success, and we are in that business, particularly in the Premier League", he said.

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