Crystal Palace will be hosting Liverpool on Sunday. The fixture will take place on 23rd January at 7:30 pm IST. Both teams will play their 22nd match of the league. The Reds are fighting to get back in the title race while the Eagles are fighting for a spot in the top half of the table.
Crystal Palace are 11th on the Premier League table. They recently drew 1-1 against Brighton away. Although it will be a tough task to beat Liverpool, Palace will try their best to beat the Reds. Palace faces a tough fight to be in the top half of the league and they have to get results even against the big teams to ensure a good finish to the season.
Crystal Palace Premier League Form: D L W L D
Liverpool sits 2nd on the Premier League table and 11 points behind Manchester City. They must not drop points in order to close the gap to City. However, Liverpool will not have some of their key players as they have departed to play in the AFCON. Nevertheless, the Reds will still enter this fixture as the favorites to win.
Liverpool Premier League form: W D L D W
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: The Eagles team news
Since Ghana got eliminated early, there is a chance that Ayew will be available for selection for Patrick Vieira against Liverpool. However, Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate are busy playing in the African Cup of Nations.
Moreover, Vieira has apparently allowed Ayew to take time off before returning to England. As a result, Michael Olise may start another game alongside Christian Benteke who will also be fighting for a place in the lineup. Furthermore, James Tomkins and James McArthur still remain sidelined while Butland is once again ready to replace Vincente Guaita.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup
Jack Butland; Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell; Jeffrey Schlupp, Will Hughes, Conor Gallagher; Michael Olise, Odosonne Edouard, Eberechi Eze
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: The Reds team news
Liverpool will miss their key players like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita against Palace as they are fulfilling their international duty in the AFCON. However, Liverpool are optimistic over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to the squad after an ankle injury at Brentford.
Harvey Elliot is back in full training but Klopp will not risk playing him early and henceforth he will be sitting out alongside Thiago, Nat Phillips, and Divock Origi. Takumi Minamino can replace Kaide Gordon from Liverpool’s squad against Arsenal in midweek. Similarly, Ibrahima Konate may also replace Joel Matip who looked a bit slow in his encounter against Arsenal.
Liverpool possible starting lineup
Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Curtis Jones; Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool defeated Arsenal comfortably even without their key players. Therefore, they will like to keep the momentum going and get results. However, Crystal Palace will be cautious of Liverpool’s threats and try their best to keep Liverpool at bay. Nevertheless, the Reds might be a bit too much to stop for Crystal Palace.
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