Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho, Aly Cissokho, Sebastian Coates, Glen Johnson, Joe Allen - Out
Crystal Palace: Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray & Jonathan Williams - Out; Yannick Bolasie & Patrick McCarthy - Doubtful.
Liverpool: Lucas Leiva
Crystal Palace: None
Crystal Palace: LWLLL
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed earlier this week that the strike partnership of Sturridge and Suarez was the best in the league, I certainly agree and the stark contrast between Liverpool's strikers and Crystal Palaces's will be very evident today.
Whilst it is wrong to call Crystal Palace a long ball team, they are very much direct and they will look the bypass the Liverpool midfield to feed their attackers. To reinforce my analysis, Chamakh wins 6.3 of his aerial battles per match (38/79). The fact he wins so much suggests this is one facet of Palace's game that works. Unfortunately, after he wins a knock down the lack of creativity becomes apparent. As slide two depicts, Palace have only averaged 3 shots on target per match; this poor level of creativity is heightened when looking at slide three - away from home they have yet to penetrate the 6 yard box and in two of their three matches away from home they did not register a single shot on target.
Knowing the type of manager Ian Holloway is (offensive minded), he is most likely to go with two wingers to support Chamakh. If this is the case, Chamakh will be isolated when he goes for the ball and without the other strikers to add pressure when Liverpool bring out the ball, within no time the trident of Moses, Suarez and Sturridge will rip apart Palace.
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace