The high that the 3-0 victory against Manchester City at Anfield gave, will not have worn off for Liverpool when they travel to Crystal Palace this weekend in the Barclays Premier League. The manager asked his troops to stay angry for the rest of the season but it will not be easy against a side that has often troubled the Reds.
Palace won the previous dual this season 2-1 at Anfield and Pardew will hope that his team puts out a similar performance and ends a 11 game winless streak. Recent results have not been helpful for the London outfit after the good start to the season and they will hope to find some form going into the end of this season.
Here is the preview of the game along with the team news, predictions, expected line-ups and betting odds.
The Crystal Palace vs Liverpool game will be played on Sunday the 6th of Match at he Selhurst Park in London. The kick-off is scheduled at 1:30 pm BST (7:00 pm IST).
Alan Pardew’s side will miss the services of Jason Puncheon for this game as he is out injured for another week. Except him, Palace have a fit squad for this game barring the long term injuries to McArthur and Appiah. Wickham who has been in good goal scoring form off late will once again start for the home side on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed that defender Lucas Leiva is out for 6 weeks after picking up a thigh injury in the League Cup final. Rossiter, Stewart and Gomez are the only other injury worries for Klopp who is expecting Mamadou Sakho to be fit to start on the bench at the Selhurst Park. Martin Skrtel might be back in the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury.
McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye, Ledley, Mutch, Zaha, Adebayor, Bolasie
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Milner, Henderson, Allen, Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge
Connor Wickham vs Martin Skrtel
Skrtel might be given a start in this game with Sakho coming back from a head injury last Sunday. He will face a tough task on his comeback against the likes of Connor Wickham who has been in red hot form in the last few games. It will be an interesting battle between these two all throughout the game.
Roberto Firmino vs Scott Dann:
Dann has been exceptional for Palace this season and has saved them a number of time from embarrassing situations. He will be against a tricky player in Firmino who is finding his feet in the Premier League. With good quality players around him, he can be dangerous and prove to be the difference between the two sides on the night.
Crystal Palace have won six of their last 11 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (W6 D2 L3).
In four of the last five matches in all competitions between these two sides, the team scoring first has not won (W1 D1 L3).
The last two Premier League meetings at Selhurst Park have seen the Reds take a 1-0 lead and lose 1-3 and a 3-0 lead only to draw 3-3.
The Eagles have gone 11 Premier League matches without a win (D4 L7).
Palace have gone nine Premier League games since they last kept a clean sheet, conceding 21 goals in that run.
Crystal Palace: 29/10
Liverpool have not won at the Selhurst Park in the league since 1997 and will have to be on their toes to get anything from this game. But Palace have looked off color in recent games and will surely wilt under pressure if Liverpool can continue their performance from the City game.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool