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Preview: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

21 November 2014



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ABOUT
After the final international break of the year all focus is now on the Premier League for the next few months for the Eagles players, who will be looking to end a run of five games without a win against Liverpool.

They will fancy their chances of a scalp against the Reds who make the trip to SE25 also in poor form, winning just two of their last eight league games and their last three in all competitions, although they were against Newcastle, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Palace have beaten the red side of Merseyside just once in the Premier League - back in 2005 thanks to an Andy Johnson header - but Liverpool have won none of their last five trips to Selhurst Park.

Another glimmer of hope for Palace is that Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded 18 goals in their previous nine league away games, and look out for Neil Warnock's side's quality at set pieces as 57% of the Eagles' goals this term have come from dead ball situations, the highest percentage in the top flight.


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Mile Jedinak will return from suspension after missing the Manchester United game through his red card against Sunderland, and Wilfried Zaha could also come back into contention after sitting out the trip to Old Trafford due to the terms of his loan arrangement.

James McArthur and Kevin Doyle withdrew from their international squads with muscle strains but could be fit for the visit of the Reds, but there are no other reported issues from the nine internationals that have represented their countries over the past week.

Liverpool: Rodgers was dealt a blow this week that Daniel Sturridge will miss the game through a re-occurrence of a thigh strain and could be out for another month.

Mario Balotelli pulled out of the Italy squad with a groin problem but should be OK to line-up against the Eagles, and Mamadou Sakho and Jose Enrique have recovered in time for this game.

Apart from Sturridge, Liverpool's only casualty is Jon Flanagan who is out until Christmas with a knee injury.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: S Long and R West
Fourth Official: K Friend


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsLiverpool wins
League5716
FA Cup232
League Cup313
Total101121


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

18th May 2014
Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool
Premier League

Does anyone actually really need reminding? Last season's action at Selhurst Park came to a close in thrilling fashion as Palace rallied to score three late goals in 11 minutes to claim an unlikely point and stun title-challenging Liverpool.

If a single game could sum up the Eagles' season this would be it, as the hosts looked down and out before dragging themselves back into game and finishing with a flourish to stun the league leaders.

When Damien Delaney's long-range effort flew into the top corner to make it 3-1 it seemed to be a mere consolation, until super-sub Dwight Gayle popped up with a second a couple of minutes later – and an incredible season at Selhurst came to a crescendo when the striker popped up with another two minutes from time to complete a stunning comeback.

Joe Allen gave the Reds an early advantage and despite managing to keep the goal-hungry visitors out until half-time, strikes by Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in the opening 10 minutes of the second seemed to have ended Eagles hopes, but the unbelievable climax all but ends the Reds' title hopes for another year. 

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.


TICKETS

There are now only a small number of tickets remaining for this game.

Some of those have a restricted view of the playing area and these can be purchased at a reduced price. 

Please note that this game is a category A+ fixture so therefore a ticket for a category B match must also be purchased at the same time.  

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets or you can call the box office on 08712 00 00 71 during the hours of 8.30am-5pm weekdays or Saturdays from 9.30am-12.30pm. 


BETTING

Crystal Palace to win: 100/30
Draw: 13/5
Liverpool to win: 4/5
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

You can also make predictions and debate the game at Sport Lobster here


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