Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Match Preview
Liverpool host Crystal Palace in a Sunday afternoon clash at Anfield.
Liverpool are in very good form as they defeated West Brom and Stoke City in their last 2 matches away from home while Crystal Palace drew with Leicester City and defeated Arsenal by 3-0 in their last 2 matches at Selhurst Park. Liverpool sits 3rd in the table and a win here would give them an advantage in the top 4 race while, 16th placed Crystal Palace are fighting for survival so its a vital fixture for both the teams.
Liverpool: Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Lucas are major doubts for The Reds as the trio did not train in this week due to minor injuries. Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are still out with thigh and foot injuries respectively.
Crystal Palace: On loan defender Mamadou Sakho cant take part in this game as he is ineligible to face his parent club, Liverpool. James Tomkins is now fit enough to start in this game as well as Loic Remy and James McArthur.
Probable Line Up
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet; Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, James Milner; Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Lucas Leiva; Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino
Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey; Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt; Jason Puncheon, Luka Milivojevic, Yohan Cabaye; Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha
Date – 23rd April, 2017
Time – 4:30 PM (BST), 9:00 PM (IST)
Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Broadcast Details – Sky Sports 1 (UK), Fox Sports (US), Star Sports Select HD 1
Live Stream – Sky Go, Fox Soccer 2Go, Hotstar
Match Referee – Andre Marriner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “If we let them cross 50 balls, it is pretty likely [Christian Benteke] will have a few dangerous headers but that is not his only strength.
“You have to avoid passes in this area but not only for him; if you only concentrate on Christian then [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend are around you.
“They have one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League and we respect this.”
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: “We’re in Champions League form for picking points up, which should give us a huge amount of confidence on Sunday.
“Hopefully we can be good enough, big enough and brave enough, and confident enough to try and repeat what we’ve done against Chelsea and Arsenal recently.”
- Liverpool have won the last two league meetings between the sides.
- However, Palace have triumphed on their last two league visits to Anfield. The last team to win three in a row there in the Premier League were Chelsea in October 2005.
- The most recent of Palace’s victories was in November 2015, when they inflicted a first defeat as Liverpool manager on Jurgen Klopp.
- Liverpool have won five of their last seven league games, drawing the other two, and are looking for a third league victory in a row.
- The Reds already have six more points this season than the 60 they amassed in the whole of last season, and are the leading scorers in the Premier League with 69 goals.
- Liverpool have lost just once in their last 24 Premier League games at Anfield (W15, D8).
Their five Premier League defeats this season have come against clubs who were in the bottom half of the table going into this weekend.
- Manchester United are the only visiting team to keep a clean sheet at Anfield in a Premier League game during Jurgen Klopp’s time as Liverpool manager.
- Roberto Firmino has scored in his last two Premier League games against Crystal Palace.
- Palace, like Liverpool, have won five of their last seven league games (D1, L1).
- Wilfried Zaha has had nine assists from open play in this season’s Premier League, second only to Kevin De Bruyne’s tally of 10.
- Palace have conceded 19 goals from set-pieces in this season’s top flight. Only Hull City, with 26, have conceded more.
- Former Liverpool player Christian Benteke has scored three goals in his two previous Premier League games at Anfield as an opposition player.
- Jason Puncheon has had 38 shots in this season’s Premier League without scoring – it’s the highest such tally in the top flight.