Venue: Selhurst Park
Kick Off: 13:30 (BST)
Crystal Palace were so close to ending their winless run in the Premier League against Sunderland on Tuesday night but a concession of a very late goal meant that the Eagles have now failed to claim a single victory in their last eleven Premier League matches.
The run means that Palace are officially the worst Premier League team in 2016 and if Alan Pardew cannot bring about an upturn in fortunes for his side, relegation could well prove to be a huge possibility for the Eagles.
Palace were very close to ending their winless streak in midweek
Admittedly, Palace are currently nine points above 18th place Norwich City but they have a host of very tough encounters coming up and it goes without saying that the Eagles need the three points from somewhere as soon as possible.
Up next for Palace is a clash against Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Sunday and while Pardew certainly boasts a very good record over the Reds, claiming the victory this weekend will be easier said than done – especially given how the London side have been performing over the last three months.
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is a huge doubt for the game after picking up a knock during the clash against Sunderland and it is a real possibility that club legend Julian Speroni could be handed his first appearance of the season this weekend.
Pape Souare is available once again after serving his suspension and it is very likely that the 25-year old will be replacing Martin Kelly at right back against Liverpool. Scott Dann and Damien Delaney look certainties to start at the heart of the defence while Joel Ward completes the back four.
Speroni in line to make his first start of the season
Mile Jedinak was handed a start against Sunderland and it looks like the skipper will continue in the lineup alongside Yohan Cabaye, with Joe Ledley providing the alternative option for Pardew to choose from.
In the attacking wide positions, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie should start but Bakary Sako will also be in contention after making his return from injury in midweek. Jordon Mutch is expected to play in the hole behind the lone striker while Lee Chung-Yong also provides an option.
Connor Wickham has been on fire in recent weeks but he is a doubt for the clash due to a slight niggle and if the Englishman is not fit enough, expect Emmanuel Adebayor to be leading the line for the Eagles on the night.
Crystal Palace FC: Speroni; Souare, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Cabaye, Jedinak; Bolasie, Mutch, Zaha; Wickham
Liverpool FC: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Toure, Flanagan; Can, Henderson; Coutinho, Lallana, Milner; Roberto Firmino
Crystal Palace FC vs Liverpool FC Head to Head
08/11/2015 Liverpool FC 1 – 2 Crystal Palace FC
16/05/2015 Liverpool FC 1 – 3 Crystal Palace FC
Crystal Palace FC vs Liverpool FC Match Prediction
Crystal Palace have had a number on Liverpool in recent times and this can be evidenced by the fact that the Eagles have lost only once in their last five encounters against the Reds.
Such a record will most certainly give Palace a bit of confidence heading into the weekend’s encounter but Pardew will know that such a record means for very little come kickoff time.
Liverpool are currently riding high on confidence following their drubbing of Manchester City and they will surely want to set the record straight against Palace as well.
Palace boast a very good record against Liverpool in recent times
Whether due to poor performances, lack of luck or both, Palace simply do not seem to have the mental capability to earn three points and the longer the winless streak goes on, the harder it will be to get back to winning ways.
The match on Sunday is set to be a close affair as Palace certainly have a good enough squad to challenge Liverpool on all fronts but earning a win is a real problem for the Eagles at the moment and a draw could well be the most likely result on the day.