High Profile Absentees Could Be Chink In The Reds Armour

The Reds are in town this weekend as they look to keep the pressure on the other sides with dreams of the title this season, but the Eagles are keen to spoil their plans.

DATE

23rd November 2019

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST SEASON

In this fixture last season Liverpool returned home with all three points courtesy of a James Milner penalty right on half time and an injury time second for Sadio Mane as the hosts put in a valiant effort that ultimately ended in defeat.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Kevin Friend

ASSISTANTS – Matthew Wilkes, Adrian Holmes

FOURTH OFFICIAL – Oliver Langford

VAR: Chris Kavanagh, Sian Massey-Ellis (assistant)

INJURIES

PALACE – Joel Ward is unlikely to feature after leaving the game against Chelsea with a groin injury. Wilfried Zaha suffered a knock in the same game but is expected to start this game.

LIVERPOOL – Nathaniel Clyne is ruled while Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah are big doubts. Jordan Henderson is expected to recover from illness while Joel Matip will be absent with a knee injury. Joe Gomez and Xherdan Shaqiri may feature.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

6 bookings – Luka Milivojevic

4 bookings – Fabinho

3 bookings – Jordan Ayew, Trent Alexander-Arnold

2 bookings – James Milner, James McCarthy, Jeffrey Schlupp, Joel Ward, Wilfried Zaha

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 19/01/2019 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 09/11/2019 Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 03/11/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
  • 27/10/2019 Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • 19/10/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
  • 05/10/2019 West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Liverpool;

  • 10/11/2019 Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
  • 05/11/2019 Liverpool 2-1 Genk
  • 02/11/2019 Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
  • 30/10/2019 Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal
  • 27/10/2019 Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

RECORD AGAINST LIVERPOOL

  • Played 53
  • Won 14
  • Drawn 11
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Sadio Mane 7.48
  • Roberto Firmino 7.42
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.99
  • James McArthur 6.96

ONE TO WATCH

SADIO MANE

Former clubs – Generation Foot, Metz, Red Bull Salzburg, Southampton

Most say a certain Egyptian is the one to be wary of and while that is true most of the time, Sadio Mane is in a rich vein of form. So much so that we firmly believe that he is that player for Liverpool at the moment that can turn a game.

Having not seen much of a break after representing Senegal at the African Cup of Nations in the summer, the Reds number ten shows no sign of letting up and is a key part of this side and their push for a first Premier League title.

The 27 year old made his professional debut in 2011 while at Metz which quickly led to a move to Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg where he first came to prominence on the European scene. Southampton came calling in 2014 who paid 11.8million Euros and his natural move to Liverpool followed in 2016 in a £34million deal.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

It is time for Wilf to turn it on in a game after a particularly quiet patch, and perhaps a first goal of the season. No time like the present and while there will be plenty of suitors for his services in January or the summer, he does have to show his quality against such esteemed opposition as Liverpool. He will have a battle on his hands coming up against Alexander-Arnold but the England international has not been firing on all cylinders this season either so this match up will be intriguing.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Liverpool have won 20 of their last 21 league matches
  • Top scorers so far this season from the two sides – Sadio Mane (7), Mohamed Salah (6), Jordan Ayew (4)
  • Palace have not beaten Liverpool in the last four attempts in competitive matches, the last being in April 2017 at Anfield
  • The most passes so far this season between the two sides are from Virgil van Dijk (902) ahead of Andy Robertson (849)
  • Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 19 of their 21 league matches
  • The most tackles so far this season between the two sides are from James McArthur (29) ahead of Luka Milivojevic and Fabinho(26)

PREDICTION

There is little doubt that this is a hugely tough game to end a run of fixtures which has not been particularly kind. Having said that, there could be some chinks in the opposition armour with one or two high profile absentees and that could be just the incentive that the hosts need. The Eagles have not beaten the Reds in over two and a half years now and they will be intent on changing – but let’s be honest, it is unlikely to be this wekk.

Final score: Liverpool to edge it 2-1

OPPOSITION VIEW

Ahead of the visit of the league leaders, we had a chat with Liverpool fan Tomas Nygren on the season so far, thoughts on the game and much more.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 6/1
  • Draw – 7/2
  • Away – 2/5
  • Both teams to score – 20/23
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