Premier League: Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview

Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield this weekend, looking to get their first win of the Premier League season after throwing away two points in injury-time at Watford last weekend, conceding an equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road.

However, the Reds bounced back with a midweek Champions League play-off win at Hoffenheim and will be hoping to carry the form to the Premier League.

Crystal Palace side who were beaten 3-0 at home by newly-promoted Huddersfield in their season opener are still adapting to life under their new manager, Frank de Boer. Crystal Palace can become only the fourth visiting team in history to win four successive league games at Anfield.

Injuries

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to return to the squad after recovering from a thigh injury. Philippe Coutinho remains sidelined with a back injury while both right-back Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring) and midfielder Adam Lallana (thigh) are out of the game.

Wilfried Zaha who suffered a knee injury last weekend will be out of Crystal Palace’s trip to Liverpool.

Match stats

This fixture average 3.9 goals per game with both teams finding the net in each of the last 10 meetings in all competitions.

Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his previous three Premier League games at Anfield as an opposition player, more than he has at any other away ground in the competition.

Roberto Firmino has both scored and assisted more than any other Liverpool player since the start of 2015-16 with 22 goals and 15 assists.

Mohamed Salah can become the fourth Liverpool player to score on his first two Premier League appearances with only Nigel Clough, Milan Baros and Daniel Sturridge achieving this feat. His goal on matchday one also means that he is the 12th different player to score on his Premier League debut for Liverpool.

Frank de Boer lost his first Premier League game in charge of the Eagles during matchday one and could be the second Dutch manager after Martin Jol to lose his first two games as a manager in the competition.

Predicted Starting Line-Up

Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Prediction

Crystal Palace have a habit of scoring goals and getting results against Liverpool in recent seasons and Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet against the Eagles in a run of 13 competitive games since a 0-0 draw in an FA Cup fourth round tie in January 2003. With Liverpool finding goal-scoring form in the last two games, Jurgen Klopp men should have no problem outscoring their opposition.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace

 

 

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