Crystal Palace vs Liverpool FA Cup match preview: What time does it start and where can I watch it?

A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Selhurst Park

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard looks set to miss the FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace after suffering a hamstring injury in the midweek victory over Tottenham.

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Gerrard was forced to limp off with 20 minutes to go, while Lucas Leiva will also be absent due to a thigh injury the Brazilian picked up in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton. Raheem Sterling picked up a foot injury in the match at Goodison Park, and faces a fitness test ahead of the trip to Palace.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham already eliminated from this season’s FA Cup, the Reds face their best prospects of silverware in this tournament, and manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to deploy a strong line-up as a result.

 

However, winger Jordan Ibe, who has broken into the first team in recent weeks, is cup-tied having already featured for Derby this season.

Palace are without influential captain Mile Jedinak after he suffered an ankle injury, and manager Alan Pardew also has concerns over on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo and James McArthur – who hit the headlines last week following his altercation with Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.

But Pardew does have the option of handing defender Pape Souare his debut after signing the Senegalese left-back on transfer deadline day.

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Pardew has won five of his seven games at Crystal Palace

KICK-OFF:

Saturday, 5.30pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Crystal Palace 3 (Gayle, Ledley, Jedinak) Liverpool 1 (Lambert), Premier League, November 2014.

Crystal Palace 3 (Delaney, Gayle 2) Liverpool 3 (Allen, Delaney og, Suarez), Premier League, May 2014.

Liverpool 3 (Suarez, Sturridge, Gerrard) Crystal Palace 1 (Gayle), Premier League, October 2013.

STATS:

In the last three meetings between the two sides, there has been 14 goals.

Since Alan Pardew took over as manager of Crystal Palace, they’ve won five of their seven matches, drawing against Newcastle and losing only to Everton.

No side has taken more points in the Premier League since Christmas than Liverpool.

Of their four previous meetings in the FA Cup, three have gone to a replay. The sole match that didn’t saw Palace win the 1990 semi-final 4-3 in extra-time.

ODDS:

Crystal Palace – 3.8

Liverpool – 2.05

Draw – 3.6

TV: Live on BT Sport at 5.30pm.

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