Champions In Town To Take On Improving Palace Side

The Eagles entertain the reigning champions this weekend as Liverpool come to town off the back of their return to the top of the Premier League.

DATE

19th December 2020

KICK OFF

12.30pm

VENUE

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

LAST TIME

It was November of last year that the Reds last visited South London and returned home with all three points. Sadio Mane gave the visitors the lead right after the break but Palace fought back for what looked like a point courtesy of Wilfried Zaha but Roberto Firmino scored the winner almost immediately.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Sadio Mane (7.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Jonathan Moss

Assistants – Marc Perry, Dan Robathan

Fourth official – Stuart Attwell

VAR: Simon Hooper

Assistant VAR: Dan Cook.

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson

LIVERPOOL – Konstantinos Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara

SUSPENSIONS

Christian Benteke

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1)

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – James McArthur (3), Luka Milivojevic (3), Sadio Mane (2), Wilfried Zaha (2), Jeffrey Schlupp (2), Vicente Guaita (2), Joel Ward (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 24/06/2020 Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 23/11/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
  • 19/01/2019 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
  • 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
  • 31/03/2018 Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 16/12/2020 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 13/12/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 06/12/2020 West Bromwich Albion 1-5 Crystal Palace
  • 27/11/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle United
  • 23/11/2020 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Liverpool;

  • 16/12/2020 Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 13/12/2020 Fulham 1-1 Liverpool
  • 09/12/2020 Midtjylland 1-1 Liverpool
  • 06/12/2020 Liverpool 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 01/12/2020 Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

RECORD AGAINST LIVERPOOL

  • Played 55
  • Won 14
  • Drawn 11
  • Lost 30

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Mohamed Salah 7.62
  • Sadio Mane 7.37
  • Andros Townsend 7.12
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.10

ONE TO WATCH

SADIO MANE

FORMER CLUBS – Generation Foot, Metz, Red Bull Salzburg, Southampton

The Senegal international has yet to hit the heights of last season and is suffering somewhat of a goal drought considering his high standards. A spell out after testing positive for COVID-19 did not help matters in what has been a stop-start campaign so far. Having said that, similar could be said for Liverpool yet they sit top of the table so they will be a scary proposition when they do find form.

KEY CLASH

LUKA MILIVOJEVIC v JORDAN HENDERSON

Contrary to many fan beliefs, the return of the Serbian to the Eagles starting line up has coincided with an upturn in form. He will be up against an England international who is up for the BBCs ‘Sports Personality Of The Year Award’ on Sunday which will hopefully be on his mind rather than concentrating on the game.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Liverpool have won their last 7 matches against Palace
  • Palace last beat Liverpool at home in November 2014
  • Liverpool have drawn their last 4 away matches
  • The last win for Palace against Liverpool was at Anfield in April 2017
  • Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 away matches against Palace
  • The Reds have awon on their past five league trips to Selhurst Park
  • The three most recent encounters have produced 14 goals

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (7 – 7th overall)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze (2)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (514)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur, Andros Townsend (35 – 9th overall)
  • TOUCHES – Cheikhou Kouyate (674)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (29 – 12th overall)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (39 – 10th overall)

PREDICTION

A lot depends on which Liverpool side turns up at Selhurst in the early kick off on Saturday as they have not been the same team so far this campaign as last season. However, their win against Spurs midweek put them back to the top of the table and they will be wary of this Palace side that are unbeaten in three and earned a very good point against Spurs last Sunday. Losing Benteke as the lone striker particularly the way he has played since returning to the starting line up will be a blow to the hosts and they will have to find a way of playing without him. There is enough in this Palace side to worry the reigning champions as long as we play to the strengths of Benteke’s replacement.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 5/1
  • Draw – 10/3
  • Away – 4/9
  • Both teams to score – 13/10

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