Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT. Sunday, 6th March 2016.
Crystal Palace avoided a defeat in the midweek, but another tough test awaits them this weekend when Liverpool visit Selhurst Park.
The 14th placed Crystal Palace are relatively safe from relegation threat at the moment, but they should start winning the games to avoid a dramatic slip.
Liverpool have scored an incredible 9 goals in their last two matches and particularly the 3-0 humbling of Man City on Wednesday will keep the Reds well motivated for the weekend. But it is hard to trust this Liverpool side, who were largely inconsistent throughout the season.
Last 5 Premier League matches
Crystal Palace: DLLDL
The 2-2 draw at Sunderland has now stretched Crystal Palace’s win-less run to 11 matches. There are 7 defeats in their last 11 games and that’s a poor 4 points from possible 33, which pulled them down from fifth in the table to fourteenth.
Palace have lost four matches in a row at their home and all of them have seen over 2.5 goals.
The wins over Aston Villa and Manchester City gave Liverpool their first back-to-back win of the year 2016. The Reds have come lively in recent weeks after much talk about their goal scoring woes and have now scored 20 goals in the last 5 matches.
The Reds’ away form in the last 6 matches read 3 wins and 3 defeats, which is a win every alternate game.
Crystal Palace: Team News:
Alan Pardew will be without the injured Kwesi Appiah, James McArthur and Jason Puncheon for the match against Liverpool.
Pape Souare could return to the starting eleven after serving the suspension, with Joel Ward reverting to his original right-back position.
Connor Wickham has scored 2 goals each in the last two games and Palace will be once again relying in his poaching instincts on Sunday.
Crystal Palace: Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hennessey – Souare, Dann, Delaney, Ward – Jedinak, Cabaye – Bolasie, Mutch, Zaha – Wickham.
Liverpool: Team News
Lucas Leiva, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter and Kevin Stewart are sidelined for Liverpool.
Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho are not fully fit and could start off from the bench, while Alberto Moreno is expected to replace John Flanagan.
Liverpool: Predicted line-up (4-4-1-1)
Mignolet – Lovren, Sakho, Clyne, Moreno – Can, Henderson, Milner, Lallana – Coutinho – Filmino.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head
Crystal Palace have a healthy record against Liverpool in their recent league meetings after winning 3 out of last 5 games, with 1 draw and a defeat. Their last five meetings have seen over 2.5 goals, with both teams scoring at least a goal.
Palace are unbeaten in the last four games against Liverpool in the Premier League, with the last three being wins. They are also unbeaten in their last three home matches against Liverpool.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Prediction
Liverpool will be keen to bag the third win in the row and their goal scoring prowess in the recent weeks will be their biggest strength against a depleted Palace. Alan Pardew’s men have managed to find goals in their past few games, but their defending is a big worry and could be put to stern test against a direct attacking Liverpool side, who already net 20 goals in 5 games.