Crystal Palace vs Liverpool ; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions
Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday to take on Crystal Palace in the day’s early Premier League kickoff.
The champions are coming off a massive home win on Wednesday, when Roberto Firmino’s 90th-minute winner gave them the three points against Tottenham Hotspur. That win took Liverpool three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
For Crystal Palace, their last home game was a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.
Jeff Schlupp scored a late equalizer for the Eagles, but they had their goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to thank for keeping their point intact, with the Spaniard making crucial late saves to deny Harry Kane and Eric Dier.
Crystal Palace go into the game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run, having beaten West Bromwich Albion 5-1, which was followed by consecutive 1-1 draws in London derbies against Tottenham and West Ham United. Currently seated 12th in the Premier League table, Roy Hodgson & co. will be looking to extend that run when the champions come visiting.
Considering Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their 14 league meetings with Liverpool since earning promotion back to the big time in 2013, Hodgson will know that his team will likely need to score more than once if they are to come away with all three points on Saturday.
That makes what the veteran boss described as a “ludicrous” red card for Christian Benteke in midweek even more costly, with the Belgian set to miss out against his former club just as he was beginning to find a bit of form.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur, Eze; Zaha, Ayew
It has taken far longer than last season, but Liverpool are back out on their own at the top of the Premier League table courtesy of Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over previous leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds have not gone six away league games without winning since January 2011 and could draw five in a row for the first time since December 1991, having been held by Everton, Manchester City, Brighton and Fulham since their 7-2 humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa.
However, they have won each of their last five league visits to Selhurst Park and have only lost one of their last 13 top-flight trips to London, where their only away win of 2020-21 came too.
Liverpool’s injury crisis is still casting a shadow over Klopp’s ability to rotate his squad in the intense festive period. But in a boost to Klopp, Joel Matip took part in team training on Thursday, and he also has Naby Keita available.
Thiago Alcantara has returned to outdoor training, but the Spaniard is said to still be a couple of weeks away from being able to take part in full first-team training
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Head to Head
Liverpool have won 31 of their 56 previous games against Crystal Palace. The Reds have lost 14 times, while 11 games have ended in draws.
- Liverpool win
- Mane to score
- CS 1-2