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Liverpool v Crystal Palace – Match Preview and form guide

Liverpool edged a point closer to the league title with a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby, but will now hope to secure another precious three points when they return to Anfield against Crystal Palace in midweek.

Here is all you need to know about Wednesday night’s clash:

Form

Liverpool: WWLWD

Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders dropped points for just the third time this season following Sunday’s stalemate at Everton, the Reds stuttering ever closer to the championship following their record-breaking start to the campaign.

Just five more points are required to seal a first title in three decades, though victory on Wednesday night will be enough should Manchester City drop points to Burnley on Monday. The Reds form has been inconsistent either side of football’s suspension, however, winning just once in their past five fixtures in all competitions.

The Merseyside club will hope to be able to call on both Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah after the duo failed to feature at the weekend, with both sorely missed as Klopp’s side lacked their usual attacking impetus.

Liverpool will be confident of securing three points after boasting a flawless home record in the Premier League so far this season, while the club are unbeaten in the league in over three years at Anfield, their last defeat ironically coming against Wednesday’s visitors in April 2017.

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Crystal Palace: LWWWW

Crystal Palace continue to fly under the radar and registered their fourth consecutive league victory with a comfortable 2-0 win at Bournemouth, lifting the Eagles up to ninth as they make an unlikely late bid to gate-crash the European places.

Key to their success has been a water-tight defence with four successive shut-outs during that time, whilst forward Jordan Ayew has continued to exert his influence by scoring in each of their last three fixtures.

The 28-year-old has proven a talismanic figure for Roy Hodgson’s side and has now eclipsed Tony Yeboah as Ghana’s highest-ever Premier League goalscorer, Ayew a hugely popular figure at Selhurst Park following his exploits this season.

Palace face four of the current top five in their next six fixtures, and could rise further should they continue their impressive recent form.

See also – Premier League Team of the Week

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Last meeting

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 23rd November 2019

Roberto Firmino’s late winner ensured a below-par Liverpool emerged from Selhurst Park with all three points in November, after Wilfried Zaha’s equaliser had drawn the sides level just minutes earlier.

Sadio Mane put the visitors in front after VAR had disallowed an opening goal from Palace’s James Tomkins, Jordan Ayew adjudged to have pushed Dejan Lovren inside the penalty area before Tomkins headed home.

Zaha’s first goal of the season looked to have secured Roy Hodgson a point against his former side with just eight minutes remaining, before Firmino’s scrambled winner provided Liverpool with yet another dramatic late victory.

Predicted Line ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Dann, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Zaha, Townsend, Ayew

Who is the referee?

Martin Atkinson.

How can I watch?

UK and Irish readers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst US supporters can view the fixture on NBCSN.

What time is kick off?

20:15 BST.

Odds

Liverpool – 2/9

Draw – 11/2

Crystal Palace – 12/1

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