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31 March 2018 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

31 March 2018

Having come so close to recording excellent results against two of the Premier League’s top four in their last two outings at Selhurst Park, Palace will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky against Liverpool.

Palace have been a bogey club to the Reds in recent years who have scored at least once in each of Liverpool’s last seven visits to SE25, while you have to go back to the 1997/98 campaign for the last time today’s opponents achieved a league double over the Eagles. 

It will also be the first time Roy Hodgson has faced off against his former club since April 2012 when he was at West Bromwich Albion, and boasts three wins in his last five matches against the the red half of Merseyside.

Red-hot attack and stupendous Salah

Mohamed Salah

Having only tasted two league defeats since October, Liverpool have been imperious in recent months despite losing Philippe Coutinho in January to Barcelona. That hasn’t stunted their progress whatsoever, winning six of their nine Premier League games since the Brazilian’s £105 million departure, and breezing past Porto to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

That has set up a mouth-watering clash against Manchester City, with the Reds buoyed by being the only team to inflict defeat against the champions-elect this season.

Their formidable front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all netted that day, three goals amongst a haul of 73 so far this term from the dynamic trio. Leading the way is Salah who tops the Premier League goalscoring charts this term with 28 strikes, aided by his recent four-goal haul against Watford.

View From The Opposition

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp: “We have to win football games and the next one especially will be very difficult. Crystal Palace, they won on Saturday [and it’s] after an international break so we have to be ready in two days.

“We will be ready in two days, that’s a challenge, but first of all they [Liverpool’s players] all need to come back healthy and I hope really for that.

“Then we have to prepare for the rest of the season and use the good situation and the good basis we created.”

Team News

Wilfried Zaha

Hodgson's injury woes have lessened in recent weeks, but he does have doubts over James Tomkins and Wilfried Zaha who have knocks, while Alexander Sørloth will be assessed after missing the win at Huddersfield Town with a hamstring injury.

Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Bakary Sako are now the only long-term casualties and look likely to miss the rest of the season, 

Klopp was dealt a blow during the international break after Joe Gomez was forced off during England's friendly with Holland with an ankle injury, and he looks set to miss this game.

However there was better news in that Dejan Lovren returned to training after a similar injury, but Emre Can was sent home from the Germany camp with a back injury and ex-Eagle Nathaniel Clyne is struggling for fitness after his lengthy absence.

Matchday Officials

Neil Swarbrick

It is a swift return to SE25 for Neil Swarbrick who officiated the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in the Eagles' last home game. He has also overseen two other Palace games this term - the 5-0 loss to Manchester City as well as the goalless draw against West Ham United.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistants: Adam Nunn and Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

Matchday Stats

Christian Benteke

Liverpool have won three consecutive away meetings at Palace in all competitions, scoring eight goals in that time. They have never beaten them in four straight trips.

Liverpool haven’t lost back-to-back away league games since February 2017.

The Reds have won 678 top-flight away games, just one fewer than Arsenal’s record haul of 679.

Christian Benteke has scored six goals in eight Premier League appearances against Liverpool.

This will be Jurgen Klopp’s 100th Premier League game; his previous 99 saw 322 goals (F206 A116) - only Manuel Pellegrini's first 100 games in the competition saw more (329).

Mohamed Salah has scored in 20 of the 30 Premier League games he has played in this season.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven games in all competitions, having kept just one in eight prior to this.

Under Klopp the Reds have kicked off 13 games before 1pm in all competitions, and have won only four of them (D3, L6).

Head-to-Head

  Palace wins Draws Liverpool wins
League 9 7 19
FA Cup 2 3 3
League Cup 3 1 3
Total 14 11 25

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Matchday Information 

For supporters travelling by train to the game, there are a number of amendments to the railway network in place for the day - more information can be found in our matchday guide.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Monday morning. 

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

31 March 2018

For the third game in succession at Selhurst Park, Palace were the victims of late drama as Mohamed Salah popped up six minutes from time to complete a 2-1 comeback win for Liverpool.

The Eagles had taken an early lead when Luka Milivojevic fired home a penalty on 13 minutes, but after keeping the Reds at bay for the remainder of the first half, Sadio Mane was the scourge of Palace again as he equalised four minutes after the restart.

However after Christian Benteke fired two big opportunities off-target and Mane escaped a second yellow card for a deliberate handball, Salah – who had been quiet all afternoon – was in the right place to fire home the winner from close range and once again deny Roy Hodgson’s team at the death.

An encouraging start saw the opening chance fall to the Eagles after eight minutes when Wilfried Zaha chased a long ball and got behind Trent Alexander-Arnold to create a shooting chance, but the on-rushing Loris Karius managed to deflect it away with his chest, however there was soon a scare at the other end when Virgil van Dijk headed a corner goalwards which Mane, in an effort to divert its course and deceive Wayne Hennessey, could only nudge it off target.

But on 11 minutes another burst forward by Zaha would lead to the deadlock being broken. The winger raced onto a Benteke flick-on and managed to prod the ball past Karius before being clattered by the keeper. Neil Swarbrick had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, allowing Milivojevic to send Karius the wrong way and score his seventh penalty of the campaign.

After finding themselves behind, Liverpool began to work through the gears and would go on to dominate possession for the rest of the half, and chances soon began to fall their way. Some neat build up allowed Salah to shoot straight at Hennessey, and after Roberto Firmino got on the end of a corner Mane nodded the ball into the net from three yards out, but was rightly flagged offside.

The pressure continued as half-time drew closer and after Salah curled another shot goalwards which Hennessey was equal to, the Egyptian whipped a corner into the box which Mane headed towards the bottom corner but the Welshman, on the occasion of his 100th Palace appearance, showed great reactions to drop to his right and flick the ball away from his goalline.

But having escaped into the changing rooms with their lead still intact, it took just four minutes after the restart for Palace’s lead to slip away when Mane came back to haunt them again. Firmino was allowed too much time to get the ball under control in the area, and laid it off to James Milner who fizzed in a low centre, and the Senegalese attacker managed to nip in ahead of Mamadou Sakho and steer it past Hennessey to score his fifth goal in his last six matches against the Eagles.

There had been little Palace threat on the Reds goal since they had taken the lead, but that all changed when two huge chances arrived in the space of two minutes. Firstly, Andros Townsend nodded the ball into Benteke’s path, allowing the striker a clean route to goal but his attempted lob over Karius dropped well wide of the post, and then 60 seconds later Townsend cut inside from the right and teed up the striker again, but this time he could only fire the ball over the bar from the edge of the box.

Despite seeing two great chances squandered, Palace’s tails were up and there was a flashpoint on the hour mark when Mane, who had already been booked for diving, grabbed the ball appealing for a free-kick during a tussle with Yohan Cabaye, and was inexplicably not shown a second yellow card despite Swarbrick agreed it had been an act of deliberate handball. Patrick van Aanholt took the resulting free-kick, and forced Karius into a flying save as the German push a rocket over his crossbar.

But with six minutes to go, the visitors would find a way to grab the win. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain probed down the right and his cross found Andrew Robertson on the opposite flank, and he first-time put it back across the area to Salah, who lashed the ball into the bottom corner to net his 29th Premier League goal of the campaign and snatch the points for the Merseysiders.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka (Fosu-Mensah 88), Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Cabaye (Loftus-Cheek 73), Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke. Subs not used: Cavalieri, Souare, Delaney, Riedewald, Lee.

Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum (Lallana 64, Lovren 70), Firmino, Mane (Oxlade-Chamberlain 64), Salah. Subs not used: Mignolet, Clyne, Moreno, Lovren, Ings.

For more post-match reaction, head to Palace TV on the club’s official app.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Liverpool Confirmed For 31/3 at 12.30pm

16 March 2018

Our home Premier League match against Liverpool has been confirmed for Saturday 31st March, 12.30pm kick-off.

Match tickets and hospitality packages are now sold out, the only tickets that will be available will be via our official ticketing partner Twickets.

Season Ticket holders who are unable to attend this match, are able to list their tickets for sale 

All current paid members and season ticket holders can then book any tickets that become available (maximum of 2 tickets per client reference).

For full information on Twickets

Match Tickets and Hospitality Packages are available for forthcoming matches at Selhurst Park. 

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