Date: 6th March 2016 at 10:32am
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Crystal Palace will be hoping to put a dreadful run of form behind them when they welcome European chasing Liverpool to Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Alan Pardew’s side have slipped from being in European contention themselves to 15th, just nine points above the relegation zone.

The Eagles are the only Premier League team yet to pick up a win in the league in 2016, and have picked up just four points from their last 11 matches.

The South London outfit have found a striker in form at least – Connor Wickham has four goals in his previous two games, including two in the 2-2 draw against former side Sunderland on Tuesday night, but is a doubt on Sunday.

Meanwhile. Liverpool recovered from the disappointment of losing on penalties to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final by beating the same opposition 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Reds know they may need to finish in a European spot in the Premier League unless they win the Europa League this term, and they are currently six points behind Manchester United in sixth, albeit with a game in-hand.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have largely been inconsistent since the German’s arrival, but their comfortable win against the Citizens in midweek showed the potential they have.

The Merseysiders will certainly be looking to avoid a repeat of the reverse fixture back in November – Palace registered a 2-1 win thanks to Scott Dann’s late winner, Klopp’s first defeat in charge of the club.

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For the hosts, in-form Connor Wickham is a doubt, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also likely to miss out.

James McCarthur and Jason Puncheon also remain on the sidelines, but Pape Souare has returned from a ban.

Klopp should be able to call upon Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho after the duo missed out on the midweek win against Man City, Philippe Coutinho will hope for a recall after being rested on Wednesday, but Lucas has been ruled out for five weeks with a thigh injury.

League Position: Crystal Palace – 15th (33pts); Liverpool – 9th (41pts)
Previous Meeting: Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace (November 8, 2015)
Form: Crystal Palace – LLDLLD; Liverpool – LWLDWW
Key Men: Crystal Palace – Yannick Bolasie; Liverpool – Roberto Firmino
Shoot Says: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

 
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