Crystal Palace v Liverpool

4 Mar

Scott Dann celebrates scoring for Crystal Palace

Scott Dann’s winner for Palace in November condemned Liverpool to their first defeat under Jurgen Klopp


Crystal Palace duo Connor Wickham and Wayne Hennessey are both doubtful for Sunday’s game and will be monitored.

James McArthur and Jason Puncheon are out but Pape Souare returns from a ban.

Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho are back in training after missing Liverpool’s midweek win against Manchester City and could both feature.

Philippe Coutinho will also hope for a recall after being rested on Wednesday, but Lucas is out for at least five weeks with a thigh injury.


Steve Wilson: “Crystal Palace are the last Premier League side left waiting for a win in 2016. Alan Pardew’s men were looking good for European qualification before embarking on this horrible run of only four points from 11 games.

“Palace will take heart from the four goals Connor Wickham has scored in the last two games – assuming the striker is fit – and from playing against a Liverpool side they have beaten in their last three meetings.

“Liverpool exacted a stylish revenge for the League Cup final defeat on Manchester City in midweek, but continue to be hard to predict.

“At their best, Liverpool look a very serious team indeed but they are still prone to too many poor days.”

Twitter: @SteveWilson1967


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: “Liverpool were terrific [in midweek]. That high-pressing game is exciting to watch. It doesn’t always work though.

“If we can find a way around that [high press], we can cause Liverpool problems like we have done in the past.

“We improved at Sunderland. The boys coming back [from injury] will help us progress. It’s a different team to the one of four or five weeks ago.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his side’s chances of a top-four finish: “Six points is not the world. We have to show it, Consistency has not been our hobby until now. We need to improve that.

“Our starting position isn’t a masterclass but we are still in a good enough position to achieve something.

“I have some hard selection decisions to make. We haven’t had this before. We have to use this new quality to change and rest.”

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  • Palace have scored 11 goals in their last four league games against Liverpool – as many as they netted in their previous 15 top-flight matches against the Reds.
  • The Eagles have only lost one of their last six Premier League games against Liverpool (W4, D1), winning the last three.
  • Liverpool’s last away league win at Palace was in December 1997, when Steve McManaman, Michael Owen and Oyvind Leonhardsen scored in a 3-0 victory.

Crystal Palace

  • The Eagles are the only side in the top four divisions of English football without a league win in 2016.
  • Palace are winless in 11 league games (D4, L7).
  • They have also failed to win five consecutive top-flight home games, losing the last four.
  • Connor Wickham has netted two goals in each of his last two league appearances, having scored just once in his previous 18 top-flight games.
  • Palace have conceded in each of their nine Premier League games in 2016, letting in a total of 21 goals.
  • Jordon Mutch has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Liverpool.


  • Victory would give the Reds three successive league wins for the first time in a year since a five-match streak between February and March 2015.
  • Liverpool have won one of their last seven Premier League away games against London teams (D3, L3).
  • Adam Lallana has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games – as many as in his previous 37 appearances.
  • James Milner has not been on the losing side in any of the 41 Premier League matches in which he has scored – only Darius Vassell (46 games) has a superior record.
  • Philippe Coutinho could make his 100th Premier League appearance.

SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by Professor Ian McHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.


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