Liverpool vs Palace Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 4, 2013

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Liverpool entertain Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to move back to the top of the Premier League table.

The Reds currently sit second, two points behind leaders Arsenal, so can put some pressure on the north Londoners ahead of their trip to the Hawthorns to play West Bromwich Albion on Sunday with all three points.

After a shock defeat to Southampton, Liverpool got back on track with a 3-1 win over Sunderland last weekend with Luis Suarez helping himself to a brace on his return to Premier League action after serving his 10-game ban.

The visitors arrive on Merseyside sitting second bottom of the table having lost five of their opening six games, so boss Ian Holloway is desperate to pick up some valuable points this weekend to boost their hopes of survival.

Team News

Brendan Rodgers will have to make do without the services of midfielder Lucas Leiva after he picked up his fifth booking of the season last week and must serve a one-match ban.

Rodgers has been experimenting with a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks and if he continues with it again on Saturday, Jordan Henderson is likely to move inside to play alongside Steven Gerrard with Raheem Sterling given a chance to impress on the right.

There is no update on the fitness of Daniel Agger so it’s likely Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sahko will continue in defence.

Suarez will make his first appearance of the season at Anfield since returning from his ban and will play alongside Daniel Sturridge in attack. Philippe Coutinho remains out with a shoulder injury and he’s joined on the sidelines by Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho, Sebastian Coates and Joe Allen.

Palace are sweating on the fitness of Patrick McCarthy, Damien Delaney and Jonathan Parr for the game with the trio classed as doubtful.

Holloway is able to call upon the services of midfielder Yannick Bolasie after he recovered from a hamstring strain but Glenn Murray, Jack Hunt and Jonny Williams all remain out.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Luis Suarez: The Uruguayan made a superb return against Sunderland last week and will no doubt be looking to continue his excellent partnership with Sturridge in attack. He’ll certainly be the one the Palace defence will have to keep an eye on.

Predicted Score

Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace: Football results are usually difficult to predict but the Eagles haven’t won on the road for 16 games and we can’t see this run ending at Anfield. A relatively comfortable win should be in sight for Liverpool to take them back to the top of the league, for 24 hours at least.

What would be your starting eleven and whats your predicted score? Share your views below.

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9 Comments

  1. Emmanuel

    October 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    want ibe and luis alberto to start what abt loris wnt he be playing?

  2. amirul

    October 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Moses should be playing at the wing since the 3-5-2 formation needs someone who could defend which I doubt Sterling can. Alberto should be behind the two forwards.

  3. Scottypool

    October 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Agreed about Alberto. Plus, why not Illori as a wing back? Even if it’s in the second half and we have the lead.

  4. Geopher

    October 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I hope lfc wll start with ilori bcos i neva see him playing liverpool match:lfc 4-1crystal palace gud luck liverpool 4 life YNWA

  5. Vincent

    October 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    It will be meaningful if we get moses at de RW nd luis alberto make it at de bak of our two strikers. I’ll also want to see illori play 2mao even if is to come in as a sub. Matches of dis kind should always giv our non regulars tym to cm in especially when we re leading at 2nd half. We jeez need de full 3pts inspite wat. Wish ur de best in 2mao game. YNWA

  6. Emmanuel

    October 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Lfc should start with Alberto at that number 10 role behind the two strikers and illoris to come in 4 toure second half.5 0 hatrick 4 Suarez and brace 4 Stu

  7. allaboutanfield

    October 5, 2013 at 12:32 am

    The line up is just about right.However this is a game where I hope to see Alberto , Ibe and Ilori have some play time.

  8. Emmanuel Godwin

    October 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

    play ibe and alberto

  9. James Sotonye

    October 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Pls rodgers use Ibe we liverpool fans need this guy so so much

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