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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

Tickets

Tickets for this game are sold out.

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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