Reds Must Beat Palace To Keep League Title Hopes Alive
After watching Everton fail to do anything right on Saturday evening Liverpool find themselves hoping for another twist in this title race as they prepare to face Crystal Palace. Whatever happens Liverpool still need to be victorious in this game to stand any chance of getting a shot at the league. With Manchester City playing Aston Villa on Wednesday night and then West Ham on the last day as the Reds face Newcastle, we can only see what happens.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Jose Enrique and also unavailable is Jordan Henderson who serves the last game of his three match ban. For Crystal Palace they are in a relatively strong position and Tony Pulis has no new injury worries affecting his team decision for Monday night.
Crystal Palace currently find themselves in 11th after an almost miraculous take over from Tony Pulis. His style of football often gets stick but he's steered this club to safety and picked up some big results along the way making the fans extremely happy. Their last fixture against Manchester City was their only loss in their last five matches in the league.
Liverpool have slipped into second place, joint with City on goal difference and with the blues having a game in hand. Liverpool's loss to Chelsea at Anfield last weekend was their first loss in 16 matches, an unbelievable record. Ever the optimist I'm usually the first one to start getting everybody's spirits up but losing to Chelsea was a massive blow and with Everton failing to do us a favour? Well now I just hate the world. On a serious note though, of course I'll keep the faith, there's no point giving up now is there? I just can seem to find the positiveness that is oozing from a lot of you.
The last time the two sides met was in October last year. Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were all on the score sheet that day in a 3-1 win for the Reds. Liverpool and Crystal Palace haven't met a lot over the years but in the five most recent matches at Selhurst Park, Liverpool have only won once.
I'd usually provide you a stat sandwich here but it appears I've beaten the statties today and so you'll have to make do this bank holiday without that sandwich.
This week prior to the Everton game I asked you whether you thought Liverpool would go on to win the league instead of asking for score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!