Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield within the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, aiming for an additional win to cement their place on the high of the desk.
The Reds bounced again from their loss at Manchester Metropolis with a slender victory at Brighton final day trip to retain a 4 level benefit over Pep Guardiola’s outfit in an enthralling title race.
In the meantime, Palace had been unable to construct momentum on their spectacular win at Wolves once they had been put to the sword by Watford – to depart them simply 4 factors above the underside three.
With either side battling in contrasting ends of the division, the onus on incomes all three factors from this encounter is big.
Here is 90min’s breakdown of the conflict.
The place To Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 19 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (BST)|
|The place Is It Performed?||Anfield|
|TV Channel/Dwell Stream?||Sky Sports activities Gillette Soccer Saturday|
Jurgen Klopp has been dealt one other defensive blow with the information that Trent Alexander-Arnold shall be out for as much as 4 weeks with a knee harm he sustained throughout Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Brighton.
Crystal Palace face a goalkeeping disaster with each Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita critical doubts for the journey to Anfield.
Third-choice stopper Julian Speroni may make his first begin for over a yr – having final featured of their 3-2 dwelling defeat towards Arsenal in December 2017, while striker Christian Benteke may return after 4 months out.
|Liverpool||Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino; Salah. |
|Crystal Palace||Speroni; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van-Aanholt; Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend; Zaha.|
Head to Head
The 2 sides have met on 53 events in all competitions – Liverpool recording 28 wins to the Eagles’ 14, with 11 ending all sq..
Looking for a primary Premier League title in almost 30 years, Jurgen Klopp’s males have blown away a number of groups on dwelling turf this marketing campaign – conceding simply three targets within the course of.
Regardless of a sluggish begin, African Footballer of the 12 months Mohamed Salah has replicated final season’s formidable kind that is seen him be instantly concerned in 21 of their league targets (14 targets, seven assists), greater than every other participant.
Having netted 4 in his final 5 video games, maintaining the Egyptian match shall be integral if Liverpool are to forestall Manchester City from retaining their crown.
Regardless of Palace’s lowly place, Hodgson’s facet have demonstrated that they are no pushovers towards the highest six. Selecting up 5 factors from a potential 9 towards Arsenal, Manchester United and notably Metropolis, the Eagles boast the meanest defensive file of any backside half facet.
In distinction, targets have been arduous to come back by – having managed simply 20 targets in 22 outings this time period.
Here is how every crew have faired of their final 5 fixtures.
|Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (12/01)||Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford (12/01)|
|Wolves 2-1 Liverpool (07/03)||Crystal Palace 1-Zero Grimsby (05/01)|
|Manchester Metropolis 2-1 Liverpool (03/01)||Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace (02/01)|
|Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal (29/12)||Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea (30/01)|
|Liverpool 4-Zero Newcastle (26/12)||Crystal Palace 0-Zero Cardiff (26/01)|
Coupled with the Eagles’ inconsistent goal-scoring habits, Liverpool have been breached by simply Arsenal, United and Cardiff at dwelling this season, as they search a ninth win in 10.
Palace have beaten their illustrious opponents at Anfield as not too long ago as April 2017 in a 2-1 success, however face a significantly harder take a look at on Saturday.
While the end result of this encounter is a foregone conclusion to many outsiders, Roy Hodgson has remodeled this facet into an organised and decided outfit. It will likely be shut.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-Zero Crystal Palace