Premier League Preview – Liverpool
After doing Liverpool a recent favour, the Eagles travel to Anfield in an effort to try and do the same for Manchester City.
The result at the Etihad came from nowhere and while Palace proved on that one afternoon what they are capable of, they have not lived up to that performance since.
Form has been quite indifferent since Andros Townsend’s screamer from distance saw to the reining champions on their own patch, but that result will be in the back of the minds of both sets of players this weekend.
Anfield has been a mixed hunting ground for Palace in recent years. Who can forget seeing off Steven Gerrard with a home defeat in what was one of two consecutive league wins at the famous old ground for the Eagles.
A win away at Wolves apart, Palace have struggled, particularly at home. The set up is more suited to playing away from home and with injuries in the hosts ranks, there could be a chance for the Eagles to take another big scalp this season.
It is no secret the problems Palace have endured at home so far this season so an away trip will be a welcome one particularly after the disappointing loss against Watford last time out.
With a number of fringe players already departed South London, fans are waiting eagerly for new additions. The first may come in the form of a goalkeeper with Sao Paolo stopper Lucas Perri expected to sign on loan shortly following injury doubts over both Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Vicente Guaita (calf) and Pape Souare (shoulder) are both out while Wayne Hennessey (thigh) is a major doubt.
LIVERPOOL – Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are not available. Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Adam Lallana (muscle) are major doubts. Georginio Wijnaldum (knee) could face a late fitness test.
The last time the two sides met was at Selhurst Park back in August where the visitors took all three points. The hosts performed admirably but succumbed to a James Milner penalty right before the break with Sadio Mane sealing it in injury time. Aaron Wan-Bissaka saw red for bringing down the instrumental Mo Salah.
Who Scored man of the match – Sadio Mane (8.5)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
- 31/03/2018 Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
- 19/08/2017 Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 19/07/2017 Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 23/04/2017 Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 12/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
- 05/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town
- 02/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 30/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
- 26/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City
Last FIVE results for Liverpool;
- 12/01/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool
- 07/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Liverpool
- 03/01/2019 Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool
- 29/12/2018 Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
- 26/12/2018 Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle United
THE RECORD AGAINST LIVERPOOL
- Played – 52
- Won – 14
- Drawn – 11
- Lost – 27
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Mo Salah 7.70
- Virgil van Dijk 7.41
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.27
- Luke Milivojevic 7.11
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Ittihad Basyoun, Othmason Tanta, El Mokawloon, Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina (loan), Roma
We would be foolish to think the Egyptian winger will not have an impact in this game. The reverse fixture saw him win a dubious penalty, the very same kind that Zaha has been criticised for, as well as involvemnt in the the sending off of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. There is no escaping the talent and while the Reds have had a sticky spell of late, Salah was that man again influencing a win over Brighton at the weekend. He has yet to hit the heights of last season when he was just sensational all season long but the recently crowned African Player Of The Year remains one of, if not the, best player in the Premier League. Salah has come a long way since making his professional debut for Cairo based club El Mokawloon in 2010.
Everything points towards a home win for this fixture as Liverpool look to extend the pressure on Manchester City, who play on Sunday, by creating a seven point gap. However, Palace are so unpredicatable at the moment that all the expectation being on the hosts could work in their favour. It would not be the first time the Eagles have sprung a surprise against Liverpool, and playing away suits the side at the moment. For that reason, TEB goes for a very bold 1-1 draw.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Jack Sear prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 1/6
- Draw – 6/1
- Away – 16/1
- Both teams to score – 6/5