Premier League: Liverpool VS Crystal Palace Match Preview
Liverpool will welcome Crystal Palace as both sides will look register their first win in this season’s Premier League campaign.
2017/18 English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET/ 19:30 IST
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
The Reds could have made a brilliant start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign. They were largely wasteful and paid the price against a lackluster Watford in the 3-3 away draw. But the Reds did have some positives from the fixture as Mane scored a wonderful solo goal and Salah also announced his return to Premier Laague with a goal.
Daniel Sturridge is set to return to the squad against Crystal Palace.
A thigh injury in pre-season prevented the England international playing either of the first two competitive matches but he trained with the full squad on Wednesday.
Wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho (back), right-back Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring) and midfielder Adam Lallana (thigh) are all out.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace were humbled by the newly promoted Huddersfield Town, who hit them for three goals without replay.
Palace narrowly escaped relegation last season and it is certain that Frank de Boer has a lot of work to do in-order to avoid a similar fate.
Wilfried Zaha is out of Palace’s trip to Anfield.
The winger suffered a knee injury during last weekend’s defeat by Huddersfield and could face a month on the sidelines.
Midfielders Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur may feature at some point despite being short of match fitness.
Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Crystal Palace starting XI: Hennessey; Milivojevic, Dann, Riedewald; Fosu-Mensah, Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Benteke, Lokilo
Head to Head
The last six meetings between the two teams in all competitions ended in away wins. Last season, Crystal Palace won the corresponding fixture at Anfield 2-1, bouncing back from an early goal from Coutinho with two goals from Benteke.
Liverpool are looking for their first home win against Palace since 2013. They lost the last three.