Liverpool will be facing Crystal Palace in Selhurst Park on Sunday. After last week’s 1-2 defeat to Chelsea on Anfield, Liverpool will be looking to make the best of their upcoming fixtures. On the other hand, Crystal Palace side is still looking to adapt to the new life under their manager Neil Warnock after the former manager Tony Pulis left the club with mutual consent. Crystal Palace is placed 17th in the league with just 9 points in 11 games; they will also be under lot of pressure after managing only one win in their five home games.
James McArthur will be a concern for the manager Neil Warnock after the former Latics midfielder picked up a calf problem in the international duty. The eagles skipper Mile Jedinak is back from suspension and will make his way to the starting XI. Damien Delaney will continue to partner Scott Dann in the central defence suggesting that Brede Hangeland will be dropped from the starting XI, while former Liverpool man Martin Kelly will be preferred ahead of Adrian Mariappa for the right-back berth. In midfield, Jason Puncheon will be selected ahead of Wilfred Zaha with Ledley and Jedinak in the central position and Bolasie on the left wing. Fraizer Campbell will be the lonely striker once again with Marouane Chamakh in the supporting role.
Predicted Starting XI:
Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Puncheon, Ledley, Jedinak, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell
Liverpool’s disastrous season had an another setback earlier this week when the England frontman Daniel Sturridge pulled out of the training with a thigh injury, and this is his third injury in the campaign. Mario Balotelli is recovering from a hamstring injury that forced him to return from the international duty. Brendan Rodgers will be looking to play with the same attacking line-up with Sterling and Coutinho on the either flanks and Balotelli in the center. Henderson is expected to recover from a minor hamstring problem that saw him benched during his international match against Scotland. Jon Flanagan and Mamadou Sakho are still sidelined, though Jose Enrique is back in contention to play.
Predicted Starting XI:
Mignolet, Moreno, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Can, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Balotelli.
Sterling v Kelly:
It will be a battle between two former Liverpool youngsters, where one become a prominent starter for the Merseyside club and the other left the club due to lack of playtime. Sterling will be looking to create in the wing side where his former counterpart will be looking to neutralize the threat. Sterling’s pace will be a huge bonus when he battles Kelly, but the latter’s strength puts him right back in the equation.
Campbell v Skrtel:
Fraizer Campbell already created more problems to Liverpool when he faced them with Cardiff City, Tottenham, and Sunderland. The former Manchester United striker has scored three goals this season and will be looking to maintain his form by finding the net against Liverpool. Even though Liverpool have managed only two clean sheets in Premier league this year, their talismanic defender Martin Skrtel will be looking to maintain a clean sheet.
League Position: 17
Last Five Matches: – L L D L L
Mile Jedinak (3 goals)
Fraizer Campbell (3 goals)
League Positon: 11
Last Five Mathes: W W D L L
Raheem Sterling(3 goals)
Brendan Rodgers press conference:
On Daniel Sturridge’s injury:
“Daniel has just been extremely unfortunate. He’s a player who doesn’t want to be out for this period of time with the quality he has.
“I spoke to Daniel at length and he’s as down as I’ve seen anyone. We need to go away and find answers so he can perform consistently.
“He looked very, very good in training, but one strike of the ball caused the issue. It was a slight tear of the same thigh he’s had problems with before. It’s unfortunate for both Daniel and us.”
On last season’s 3-3 draw at Palace and Sunday’s game:
“That wasn’t the game that cost us. The damage was always done in the Chelsea game. That was the one that changed it for us. But on reflection I was extremely proud.
“Maybe the excitement to claw back the goal difference on Manchester City overtook us.
“It will be equally as tough against Palace this season. Neil Warnock is a wonderful manager with big experience. We will look to start off an exciting run of games with a win.”
Neil Warnock press conference:
“I think Balotelli’s a fantastic player but Rickie Lambert’s just as good, I think they’ve got different qualities don’t they.
“Whoever’s on the teamsheet is going to be hard for our lads at the back but I want us to cause them problems and not worry too much.
“Yeah, we’ll have to read the teamsheet but we won’t go too much into it.
“It’ll be more about what we’ve got to do really to get back into getting results – we need some points on board now.”
Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Liverpool