Preview written by Adam Johnson of Palace fan site The Eagles Beak
Palace welcome title chasing Liverpool to Selhurst Park for the last home encounter of the season.
The last time the two teams encountered each other, three early first half goals for the home side were enough to see Ian Holloway’s Palace team succumb to a 3-1 defeat. A late Dwight Gayle consolation goal was not enough to help the Eagles overturn the deficit.
Tony Pulis scooped the April Premier League manager of the month award for guiding Palace to four out of five victories in the month which saw Palace secure Premier League football next term. The Welshman dedicated the award to everyone involved with the club as we draw towards the end of a roller coaster season for the South Londoners.
Palace will look to bounce back from defeat at home to Manchester City that condemned them to their first defeat in six games to finish the season on a high note.
At the other end of the division, a win is an absolute must to keep their title dreams alive after Liverpool conceded an amazing opportunity to go five points clear at the top of the table at home to Chelsea. An uncharacteristic mistake from skipper Steven Gerrard allowed Demba Ba to score Chelsea’s first in their 2-0 win.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson serves the last game of a three match ban and Daniel Sturridge may once again have to settle for the bench as the striker is suffering from a hamstring problem which saw a limited appearance against Chelsea. Liverpool can set a new club record of seven top-flight away wins in a row if they win this game.
Defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikagcoi is the only fitness concern for Palace. The South African has been in and out of first team action in recent weeks having not started since the 1-0 victory at Upton Park last month.
Here are some stats to get your head around….
Had the Barclays Premier League started on January 1st, Crystal Palace would be seventh in the table on 27 points.
Liverpool have scored in 17 of their 18 away league games this season, failing to score only at Arsenal.
Three of Liverpool’s last five Premier League defeats have been to London clubs.
Liverpool have won 44 points in 2014, one more than Palace have recorded all season.
21 of Luis Suarez’s 30 Premier League goals this season have come against teams currently in the bottom half, with 14 of them coming against the teams in the bottom four heading into this weekend.
Palace have taken six points from their last five Premier League home games, despite scoring only two goals in that spell.
Despite having 37 points fewer than Liverpool, the Eagles have conceded three goals fewer.
There have been 61 goals in Liverpool’s last 17 Premier League games in London, an average of 3.6 per match.
Liverpool can set a new club record of seven top-flight away wins in a row if they win this game.
Palace have scored just 16 goals from open play this season, fewer than any other side and fewer than Suarez (25) and Sturridge (17).
Palace and Liverpool have both named an unchanged line-up eight times this season, more than any other side.