Liverpool v Crystal Palace: English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 17-09-2021 8:31 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 17-09-2021 08:31 PM (1 month ago)

Date: Saturday 18th September, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm
Stadium Anfield
Referee    Andrew Madley (England)
Goal Scorer:
Team News
Jurgen Klopp has one fresh injury concern hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace. On Saturday, the Liverpool could be bereft of the services of as many as four first-team players.

Divock Origi is the latest player to have been sidelined, having sustained a minor thigh injury earlier in the week against AC Milan. The Belgian striker, though, ought to be fit enough to be a part of the matchday squad. The likes of Neco Williams (foot), Harvey Barnes (ankle) and Roberto Firmino (hamstring) ought to remain unavailable.

In Firmino’s continued absence, Diogo Jota will once again occupy the central attacking position in the front three, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah being the two wide men. As for the midfield unit, Thiago Alcantara is likely to be recalled to the starting lineup.

The Spanish international will come in for Naby Keita, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho keeping hold of their spots. Meanwhile, at the back, there is only likely to be one change made, with Virgil van Dijk replacing Joe Gomez at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

Joel Matip could well be in line to be rested in favour of a start for Ibrahima Konate, but he should retain his place in the team, partnering van Dijk. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are certainties to start out wide, with Alisson Becker the automatic choice in goal.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane

Crystal Palace
Unlike his counterpart in the Liverpool dugout, Patrick Vieira barely has any fresh roster issues to contend with ahead of the trip to Anfield. On Saturday, the Crystal Palace manager will only have to make do without three first-team players.

Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are long-term absentees due to their respective achilles injuries. In addition, the game has come too soon for Jeffrey Schlupp, despite his recovery from a thigh injury, as he continues to build his fitness up.

Meanwhile, Vieira has a big decision to make against Liverpool will be the choice between Odsonne Edouard and Christian Benteke. Edouard will hope he has done enough to earn a place in the starting lineup following a bright cameo late on last weekend. Wilfred Zaha and Jordan Ayew will be the two wide men setting him up.

Another key decision will be whether Vieira recalls Luka Milivojevic upon his return to action. However, Cheikhou Kouyate ought to get the nod at the base of the three-man midfield, with Conor Gallagher and James McArthur lining up alongside him and providing the defensive support.

At the back, no change is necessary, with Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi once again forming the central defensive partnership while Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell will be the two full-backs, with Vicente Guaita taking his place between the sticks.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha

Key Stats
Liverpool have won each of their last eight Premier League games against Crystal Palace, scoring 24 goals and conceding just five. If beaten, the Eagles will equal their longest top-flight losing streak against a particular opponent, having suffered nine defeats in a row versus Tottenham Hotspur from 2015 to 2019.
Liverpool have gone 14 Premier League games without defeat, the longest current unbeaten run in England’s top four divisions (W11 D3).
Liverpool are the first side since Chelsea in 2009 to have had 100 shots on goal after four Premier League matches of a season.
Sadio Mane could become the first player to score in nine consecutive Premier League outings against a particular opponent if he scores versus Crystal Palace on Saturday. He has 99 goals for Liverpool in all competitions.
Odsonne Edouard is the first player in a decade to score more than once on his Premier League debut. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke has scored five Premier League goals at Anfield as a visiting player, one more than he did while playing for Liverpool.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace

Posted: at 17-09-2021 08:31 PM (1 month ago) | Hero