Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace host Liverpool at Selhurst Park to kick things off this weekend in the English Premier League, as the teams face each other in the early kick-off game on Saturday.
The game will be Jurgen’s Klopp 100th Premier League game as a Liverpool manager. He has won 53, drawn 28 and lost 18 premier league games so far. His opposite number on Saturday, Roy Hodgson has won three of his last five Premier League meetings against the Merseyside Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently third in the league table with 63 points and just two points behind rivals Manchester United having played a game more than the Manchester club.Meanwhile, Crystal Palace who are one of the many teams still very much in the relegation battle, are currently 16th in the league table with 31 points. However, they have played a game more than two of the four teams who are currently below them in the table.
In previous 17 meetings between these two clubs in the Premier League, Liverpool have won nine times compared to Palace’s five. Four of the Liverpool’s nine Premier League victories over Palace have come away from home.
Liverpool won the corresponding fixture 2-4 last season. Klopp’s men also won the reverse fixture earlier this season with a scoreline of 1-0. However, the reds have not been able to complete a league double over Palace since 1997/98.
Players to Watch
Former Liverpool man, Cristian Benteke, has an impressive record against Liverpool. The Belgian has scored six goals in eight Premier League appearances against the Reds which is just three fewer than he managed to score as a Liverpool player.
Summer signing Mohamed Salah is having the season of his life and scoring goals for fun at the moment. The Egyptian is the current top scorer in the league with 28 goals, and well on his way to breaking the record of most goals by a player in a single PL season (31 goals, 38 games). On the form he is in, it might be impossible for Palace to resist Mohamed Salah.
Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann, and Bakary Sako are all unlikely to feature again this season. Alexander Sorloth, Wilfred Zaha, Joel Ward, Jeffery Schlupp and goalie Julian Speroni complete the long list of injured players for Crystal Palace.
Dejan Lovern is carrying an ankle injury and unlikely to start this game. Emre Can is carrying a back injury and is doubtful to start against Palace.
Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool Predicted XI
Crystal Palace Lineup (4-5-1)
Defense: Bissaka (RB), Tomkins (RCB), Sakho (LCB), Aanholt (LB)
Midfield: Townsend (RM), Cabaye (RCM), Milivojevic (CM), McArthur (LCM), Loftus-Cheek (LM)
Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Defense: Gomez (RB), Matip (RCB), Van Dijk (LCB), Robertson (LB)
Midfield: Wijnaldum (RCM), Henderson (CM), Milner (LCM)
Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool Prediction
Since a 3-1 win in the league in November 2014, Palace have lost each of their last three home meetings with Liverpool in all competitions.
Both teams have scored at least once in nine of the previous 10 meetings between these two sides in all competitions, and we expect goals in this game as well. Liverpool have scored 35 goals away from home this season, the most by any team in the league this season.
Our prediction for this tie is a 1-2 Liverpool win.