Full coverage as champions head to south London December 19, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Premier League champions Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace to kick off this weekend’s top-flight fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds claimed a massive win over title challengers Tottenham on Wednesday night and will want to back that up in south London.
The Anfield giants can open up a six-point lead at the top of the table with a win in the early kick-off.
Palace, meanwhile, are unbeaten in three league games including a draw at West Ham in midweek.
They lost home and away to Liverpool last season but Roy Hodgson’s men have done well this term.
talkSPORT will be in the capital to bring you this game live as we begin another bumper edition of GameDay action.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool: How to listen
This match will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 19.
Full coverage from Selhurst Park will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.
Mark Saggers will be your host before commentary from Clive Tyldesley and Dean Ashton.
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Crystal Palace v Liverpool: Team news
Ex-Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is suspended for Crystal Palace following his red card against West Ham on Wednesday.
Fellow former Red Mamadou Sakho is a doubt with a knock
Nathan Ferguson and Martin Kelly remain on the sidelines.
For Liverpool, Joel Matip will need to be assessed as he continues to struggle with back spasms.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota remain out.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit again and will be looking for his first Premier League minutes of the campaign.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool: Match stats and facts
- Since their return to the Premier League in 2013, Crystal Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their 14 league games against Liverpool (W4 D1 L9), with the Eagles losing each of their last six in a row against the Reds.
- Liverpool have won each of their last five Premier League away games against Crystal Palace – only against Norwich (7, ongoing) and Aston Villa (6, 2011-2019) have they won more consecutively on the road in the competition.
- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games in London (W8 D4), going down 1-2 at Arsenal last season. They’ve lost just four of their 27 league games in the capital under Jürgen Klopp, with each defeat coming against different sides (West Ham, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal).
- Liverpool have won their final league match before Christmas in three of their last four seasons (D1) since a 0-3 defeat against Watford in December 2015.
- Crystal Palace have kept just one clean sheet in their last 21 Premier League matches, a 1-0 win over Southampton in their first game of 2020-21. Their current 12-game run without a shutout is their worst since a 14-game run between May and November 2017.
- Liverpool are winless in their last five away league games (D4 L1), drawing each of their last four in a row. They last went six matches without a league win on the road in January 2011, while the Reds last drew five such games in succession back in December 1991 under Graeme Souness.
- Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has lost six Premier League matches against Liverpool since leaving the club – the only managers to lose more games against a club they have previously managed are Mark Hughes vs Man City (10) and Graeme Souness vs Liverpool (7).
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last six Premier League games against Crystal Palace – only three players have ever scored in more consecutive appearances against a specific opponent in the competition; Robin van Persie (8 vs Stoke), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (7 vs West Ham) and Romelu Lukaku (7 vs West Ham).
- After netting 89% of his Premier League goals away from home last season (8/9), all three of Roberto Firmino’s league goals this season have come in home games.
- In 21 Premier League appearances in December, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored 17 goals and assisted a further nine, averaging a goal or assist every 66 minutes. It is his best goal involvement ratio in any month in which he has played more than one game.