Tuesday 24 October 2017

Everything you need to know about Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, right, with James Milner and Adam Lallana Photo: AP
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, right, with James Milner and Adam Lallana Photo: AP

It's Crystal Palace vs Liverpool on matchday ten of this season's Premier League, taking place on Saturday 29 October.

What's going on?

It's Crystal Palace vs Liverpool on matchday ten of this season's Premier League, taking place on Saturday 29 October.

What time does it kick-off?

This one, taking place at Selhurst Park, begins at 5.30pm.

What channel is it on?

BT Sport 1.

How are each team going into the game?

Liverpool are going well at the top end of the Premier League table, winning four of their last five league matches. Their record after nine games - six wins and two draws - is exactly the same as the start of the 2013/14 season.

Crystal Palace are finding it a little more difficult, with two wins in their last five. But Christian Benteke has a good record against old side Liverpool, scoring four in five games.

What have the managers been saying?

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'With a year at the club, Klopp would be better suited to the demands of the English game, his players would be well adapted to his way of playing and they would have no midweek distraction from the task at the weekend.' Photo: Reuters
 

Klopp on Benteke

"We know him best as we had him all the time in training," Klopp said on Friday. "Every player needs the space to develop and show things. Palace bought the player. In the last year he always showed his qualities, especially good at heading."

Pardew on Benteke

"He is a real example to the young players that we have in the academy here.

"His play on the pitch is powerful, he is a handful for centre-halves. I think if I was a centre-half I certainly wouldn't want to play against him.

"He can jump seven feet and catch it on his chest, he is one of those types of strikers.

"He is tight technically, we just need to get him a bit better service I thought.

"I think he is playing with a smile on his face, I think that makes a difference to a footballer where you feel that you are wanted and you are part of the team.

"Every player wants to play, he knows he has a very good chance to be named in the team every week here If he plays at the level he has been playing at."

What's the team news?

Crystal Palace:

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has a doubt over Jason Puncheon (below) ahead of the Premier League game against Liverpool on Saturday.

The 30-year-old midfielder missed the Eagles' 3-1 defeat to Leicester last weekend due to a calf strain but trained with the squad on Friday.

Captain Scott Dann is expected to regain his place in the starting XI after overcoming a hamstring injury, but Loic Remy (thigh strain), Pape Souare (broken leg) and Jonathan Benteke (knee) remain long-term injury absentees.

Provisional squad: Mandanda, Hennessey, Speroni, Ward, Dann, Tomkins, Delaney, Kelly, Fryers, Flamini, Mutch, Lee, McArthur, Ledley, Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend, Sako, C Benteke, Wickham, Campbell.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Norwich City at Selhurst Park on April 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Liverpool:

James Milner is a doubt for Liverpool's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The left-back missed Tuesday's EFL Cup game through illness and manager Jurgen Klopp is waiting to see whether he will have recovered in time.

Captain Jordan Henderson returns from suspension while Klopp is hoping to arrange a match for defender Joe Gomez after the international break as he steps up his return from a long-term knee injury.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho, Lucas, Grujic, Origi, Sturridge, Ings, Lallana, Ejaria.

What are the odds?

Palace win - 41/10

Liverpool win - 4/5

Draw- 58/19

What is our prediction?

We think Liverpool will edge this one 2-1.

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