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Preview: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

5 March 2016


INTRO
Palace return to Selhurst Park for the first time in three weeks when they host Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in a Sunday 1.30pm kick-off.

After trips to West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland brought four goals but just one point for Palace, Alan Pardew will be hoping his side can continue their good form against the Merseyside opponents, having beaten them three times in a row in the Premier League.

Palace inflicted the first defeat of the Klopp era back in November when Scott Dann's header gave them a 2-1 win at Anfield and since then the German has put his team in eighth spot in the Premier League, as well as progressing into the last 16 of the Europa League and a Capital One Cup runners-up spot.

After they were beaten by Manchester City on penalties at Wembley last Sunday, Liverpool gained a measure of revenge by outplaying their opponents in the league on Wednesday as they ran out 3-0 victors against the Blues.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Jurgen Klopp: “The best word I can say to describe this [victory over City] was 'boom!’ What can I say? It was, from the first until the last second, a really good performance from my side.

“As you saw at the end of the first half, it was no problem for our players that we had a break! And then in the second half we could go again.

“We have to keep this, we have to stay angry, there’s so many points for us to get and we have to stay angry. We need to make it as difficult as possible."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Connor Wickham is rated as 50/50 after picking up a knock against Sunderland, and Wayne Hennessey is also struggling with a training injury.

Pape Souare is available again after sitting out the last three matches due to his straight red card against Watford.

Jason Puncheon should return to action next week after missing the last month with a hamstring injury, but James McArthur remains out longer term.

Liverpool: After resting Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in midweek, Klopp is expected to install the pair in his starting line-up.

With doubts surrounding the fitness of Mamadou Sakho, the fit again Dejan Lovern and Martin Skrtel could play in defence, with Lucas Leiva out with a muscular problem.

Joe Gomez and Danny Ings will remain out for the rest of the season.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsLiverpool wins
League8716
FA Cup233
League Cup313
Total131122


STATS
Palace have won six of their last 11 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (W6 D2 L3).

In four of the last five matches in all competitions between these two sides, the team scoring first has not won (W1 D1 L3).

Jordon Mutch has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Liverpool.

Palace have won none of their last five league games at Selhurst Park and have lost the last four in a row.

Liverpool have won just one of their last seven Premier League away games against London teams (W1 D3 L3).


OFFICIALS

Andre Marriner takes charge of his first Palace game in nearly a year for the visit of Liverpool. He last oversaw the Eagles in their 2-1 win at Stoke City on 21st March 2015, handing Palace a penalty late in the first half.

Referee: A Marriner
Assistants: L Betts and S Ledger
Fourth Official: R Madley


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

14th February 2015
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
FA Cup Fifth Round

Seven-time winners Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace and move into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Fraizer Campbell put the Eagles ahead when he followed up to finish after Dwight Gayle's header had been parried by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

But Daniel Sturridge equalised with an excellent left-footed volley from Jordan Henderson's chipped pass.

Adam Lallana scored the winner with a close-range follow-up after Mario Balotelli's low free-kick was blocked.


TICKETS
Tickets are now of limited availability of restricted view seats only, and can be purchased by season ticket holders and paid members. (max two ticket per client reference).

CLICK HERE to buy online.  


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

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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