To be played on Sunday 6th March 2016 at 13:30. Venue: Selhurst Park, London
Odds: C. Palace 13/5, Draw 12/5, Liverpool 11/10
Everyone has seen the difficulty that Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace side can cause in bigger games - one only needs to look at their early season form and their FA Cup run, but this retched form in the Premier League needs to come to an end.
It has now been 11 games in the league since their last win - they came close to breaking their duck in midweek when they were leading against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, only for Fabio Borini to deny them three points. The big upside for Pardew in the last few games is that Connor Wickham has found some form by scoring four in his last two games, but manager Alan Pardew revealed he picked up a knock, and is a doubt.
They face a Liverpool side this weekend whose only real consistency is to be inconsistent. The Reds responded to their League Cup final defeat to Manchester City on penalties in the most emphatic way in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win - which has moved them to within six points of the Champions League places.
The visitors will want to record their third league win in a row, and take some momentum into a huge double header in the Europa League when they face fierce rivals Manchester United.
Several players were omitted from the side against City in midweek, and one wonders if one or two could be held back again. Daniel Sturridge wasn't part of the matchday squad, Philippe Coutinho an unused substitute, while Alberto Moreno was also dropped to the bench. Jurgen Klopp has some interesting selection decisions to make.
- Wayne Hennessey
- Scott Dann
- Damien Delaney
- Martin Kelly
- Joel Ward
- Yannick Bolasie
- Yohan Cabaye
- Mile Jedinak
- Jordon Mutch
- Wilfried Zaha
- Emmanuel Adebayor
“I think it was a fabulous performance (from Liverpool against City). Top class. If they're near that Sunday we'll have to be very good to win.”
- Simon Mignolet
- Nathaniel Clyne
- Jon Flanagan
- Dejan Lovren
- Kolo Touré
- Emre Can
- Philippe Coutinho
- Jordan Henderson
- Adam Lallana
- James Milner
- Daniel Sturridge
“It’s not the easy place to collect points... It will be hard work, but we have to show we will be ready.”
Jason Puncheon ★ out - hamstring
James McArthur ★ out - ankle
Connor Wickham ★ questionable - knock
Mamadou Sakho ★ probable - head
Kevin Stewart ★ out - ankle
Lucas Leiva ★ questionable - muscular
Joseph Gomez ★ out - ACL
Danny Ings ★ out - ACL
Jordan Rossiter ★ out - hamstring