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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Match Preview

Sturridge & Suarez looked in great form against Sunderland. (©GettyImages)
Sturridge & Suarez looked in great form against Sunderland. (©GettyImages).

This weekend, Liverpool will look to continue their momentum while Crystal Palace will be looking for a big result after a slow start to life in the Premier League.

Here's a look ahead to this David vs Goliath clash at Anfield...

Liverpool snapped a three-game streak without a win with a 3-1 success away at bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, while Palace only have one win so far this season and have lost their previous three games 2-0.

Brendan Rodgers will be without Lucas Leiva through suspension, while Philippe Coutinho also continues to be out with a shoulder injury. Daniel Agger is fit and could replace Lucas in a midfield role, although Joe Allen could also be a likely candidate.

As for Ian Holloway, he still has several injury concerns but Damien Delany, Yannick Bolasie and Paddy McCarthy are close to making it back into action and could feature on Saturday. Jason Puncheon is also available after being unable to play against his parent club Southampton last week.

The return of Luis Suarez has been the big news for Liverpool fans in the past week and was certainly welcome after the loss of Coutinho. The Uruguayan has kicked off right where he was before his ban for biting, scoring two goals and combining well with Daniel Sturridge in the so-called 'SaS' attack.

In the lead up to the game captain Steven Gerrard has praised his boss for having the bravery to play Liverpool's younger players, giving them the perfect platform on which to develop. Indeed, with the likes of Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling all making their mark on this current Liverpool team, the future at Anfield does look very bright.

Creativity seems to be Crystal Palace's big problem so far this season with only four goals. Three of them came in the win against Sunderland.

Last week's performance was summed up by Marouane Chamakh getting booked for diving while clean through on goal, an incident which enraged Holloway who said after the game 'he went over far too easily'.

There is still some hope for Palace fans, in their first 6 games they have played two top teams (Manchester United and Tottenham) as well as other teams expected to finish in the top 10 this season.

Looking ahead to this game it is very hard to see anything other than a Liverpool win, with Sturridge and Suarez back working well together and other attacking threats as well, the Reds should collect another three points on Saturday.

My Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace

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