Can Liverpool avoid a hat-trick of defeats in the Premier League this weekend? They travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon in desperate need of three points.
A victory on Sunday would pile the pressure on Crystal Palace and also provide relief to Brendan Rodgers as his side continue to pile misery upon their long suffering supporters.
The Premier League runners-up of last season look set to finish without a league title once again after coming so close earlier this year, however a revival could be kick-started with a victory in South London this weekend.
The international break is behind us and Liverpool have been dealt a further blow to their title challenge with Daniel Sturridge out of action thanks to a midweek injury.
The Reds languish in mid-table some seven points behind third placed Manchester City coming into this fixture, their key downfall being a lack of firepower. The Merseyside club have appeared out of their depth in both European and domestic competition and Rodgers will be eager to rectify this situation.
The visiting fans will be mindful of this corresponding fixture last season when Liverpool squandered a three goal lead to ultimately gift Crystal Palace a well deserved draw, thus denting the Merseyside club’s title ambitions severely.
The hosts started their season in promising fashion, however they have been on a downward spiral since then, losing all but one of their last five outings in a winless streak stretching some two months back.
Neil Warnock’s charges sit perilously close to the relegation zone and they can hardly afford any more slip-ups, however encouragement will have been provided by the return from suspension of skipper Mile Jedinak.
England star Daniel Sturridge will be on the Liverpool sidelines alongside Suso, Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan and Rodgers will nervously assess Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique for fitness ahead of this encounter. Mario Balotelli will retain his position up front and will be called upon to help his side to a much needed win.
The home side have the second worst defence in the Premier League, conceding on average nearly two goals per match, therefore Liverpool will be confident of getting onto the scoresheet in this match. Indeed this game could result in a goal-rush with both sides getting onto the scoresheet.
Raheem Sterling was on top form against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday evening and he will be the key focus of the Liverpool attack at Selhurst park this weekend, a solid price of 2/1 up for grabs for him to score anytime.
Live coverage on Sky Sports 1 at 1:30pm, Sunday November 23rd.
Our betting tips
Both Teams Scoring – BetVictor 17/20
Anytime Goalscorer, Raheem Sterling – Paddy Power 2/1