Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

Venue: Selhurst Park – Sunday, March 6 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 13/5 – Draw 23/10 – Liverpool 23/20

Match Preview

Crystal Palace will hope to end a dreadful run of form when they welcome Liverpool to Selhurst Park in the earlier of the Sunday Premier League games this weekend.

Form suggests that Palace are currently the worst team in the league after they saw their winless streak stretch to 11 with a draw away to Sunderland in the week.

Despite being nine points clear of the relegation zone, Alan Pardew and his team will be wary that unless things change soon, they may be fighting for survival in the final weeks of the campaign.

Crystal Palace’s Premier League record: P28 – W9 – D6 – L13

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Liverpool have arguably been the most impressive team over the last couple of weeks and are now only six points off the top four.

A 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday saw the Merseyside club close the gap on their top four rivals. The win of course followed up the agonising loss on penalties to City in the League Cup final last Sunday, and that resilience will have delighted Jurgen Klopp.

After scoring nine goals in their last two Premier League games and conceding none, Liverpool are in the best form of their season and look on course for a serious push for Europe.

Liverpool’s record in the Premier League: P27 – W11 – D8 – L8 

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Team News

Crystal Palace remain hopeful Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham can both shake off knocks to start. Jason Puncheon and James McArthur are both out.

Liverpool will of course still be without Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, who both have season-ending injuries. Mamadou Sakho (head) is a doubt but Lucas Leiva (thigh strain) is ruled out so Klopp’s problems at the back continue.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/L/L/D

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Crystal Palace are yet to win in the Premier League in 2016.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian is flourishing under Jurgen Klopp and is given the freedom to create all over the final third. With his freedom of movement, it will be hard for the Palace defence to track him and so you can expect him to manipulate space and cause them problems on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool – Form doesn’t often lie and this Palace side are struggling to look convincing enough to win in the league. Liverpool rolled over a very good Manchester City side in midweek, so we’re expecting an easy away win.

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FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool – FA Cup Fifth Round

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, February 14th – 17:30

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 5/2 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 21/20

Crystal Palace host seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.

Crystal Palace are still looking to win their first ever FA Cup after coming closest when they were runners-up in 1990 when current Palace manager Alan Pardew was in the team for the final and the replay.

While Liverpool are aiming to win their eighth and their first FA Cup since 2006 where they beat Alan Pardew’s former side West Ham in Cardiff.

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Crystal Palace are a side that have been rejuvenated since Pardew’s appointment and their strong run saw them win 3-2 at Southampton in the fourth round and 4-0 at Dover in the third round.

They look to be heading for safety in the Premier League and a cup run would be a huge bonus for the South London side. Palace are coming off a midweek draw with Newcastle United as they came from behind again to earn another valuable point.

Crystal Palace’s home record in all competitions: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 7

Liverpool are heading to Selhurst Park for the second time this season. Their trip down south in the Premier League saw them lose 3-1. But now the Reds are thriving on confidence having lost one game in all competitions since the 3-0 loss at Old Trafford in December.

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Liverpool were forced into a replay by Championship side Bolton Wanderers in the last round and demonstrated their own comeback mentality by scoring two goals in the last few minutes, while they saw off AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the third round.

Liverpool’s away record in all competitions: Played 18 – Won 8 – Drawn 2 – Lost 8

The bad news for Liverpool is that captain Steven Gerrard is a doubt for the game after picking up a hamstring injury against Tottenham in the 3-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday.

The FA Cup final will take place on the same day as Steven Gerrard’s 35th birthday and if the Reds reach that stage it would probably be the Englishman’s final game in a Liverpool shirt. But they need to see of Palace before they can even think about that.

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Liverpool do not have fond memories of Selhurst Park in recent times as the game late in the season last year resulted in a 3-3 draw in which Palace fought back from 3-0 down with 11 minutes to go. And there could be plenty of goals again on Saturday.

Crystal Palace’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/D

Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: L/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Liverpool have not won at Selhurst Park since December 1997, when they won 3-0.

Key Player: Dwight Gayle – The forward has scored 4 goals in 3 appearances against Liverpool and comes into the game in good form.

Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Liverpool – Selhurst Park will be roaring. The players will be energised from the support and Liverpool will struggle to break the mean Palace defence. Upset on the cards.