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      Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)

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      Robby The Z
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      Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Dec 17, 2020 10:26:43 pm
      Another day, another match for the attacking champions. Former manager Roy Hodgson takes his turn at trying to outdo Jürgen Klopp in football. No question which team has more quality, but this one does have "letdown" written all over it following the fine performance by our side against Spurs on Wednesday. There's also the ongoing issue with wear and tear on our playing staff.

      Training today of course did not include those who played Wednesday, but the photos from the session make me think we could be seeing quite a few changes for a match that kicks off about 60 hours after the previous one ended.

      I expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will be hoping to make a return to first team action this Saturday. Joel Matip also took part in today's training, so we'll see.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #1: Dec 17, 2020 10:30:34 pm
      Ox and Keita HAVE to feature in this game somehow. Need fresh legs out there against a physical team like Palace.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #2: Dec 17, 2020 10:32:49 pm
      Keita and Matip  possibly may start no chance Ox . 8 days rest after this game so no need for radical changes
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #3: Dec 18, 2020 12:38:36 am
      Could be tricky...
      I’m hoping firmino has injected himself with that bobby confidence after his last minute winner. We need him at his best. It’s no coincidence our front three have looked detached since bobby has been out of form.

      I wouldn’t make too many changes. Our away form hasn’t been amazing so far, but still only one defeat all season so we should be confident in this game.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #4: Dec 18, 2020 02:09:28 am
      I'd bring in Kieta for Gini and then play Matip if healthy. Use subs before then90th minutes this time. Lol
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #5: Dec 18, 2020 02:16:29 am
      Keita and Matip  possibly may start no chance Ox . 8 days rest after this game so no need for radical changes

      I get your point that Jürgen doesn't have to leave anybody out for the sake of the following match, but when the next match is doesn't determine the player's fatigue level and injury risk for this game. That will be about how much each player has been playing in the week or two leading up to this one.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #6: Dec 18, 2020 08:44:31 am
      Oh I see that we’re going to that banana skin venue. With active and noisy fans too. I don’t need the players to turn up. I need their magic. One moment of brilliance from each of them. That’ll do for me. I’m hoping they don’t make London such a dreaded place to go to.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #7: Dec 18, 2020 09:06:31 am
      I'd bring in Kieta for Gini and then play Matip if healthy. Use subs before then90th minutes this time. Lol

      Was thinking the same. Gini had been immense this season but he needs a break.

      Hendo, Jones and Keita midfield for me.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #8: Dec 18, 2020 09:21:32 am
      Oh I see that we’re going to that banana skin venue. With active and noisy fans too. I don’t need the players to turn up. I need their magic. One moment of brilliance from each of them. That’ll do for me. I’m hoping they don’t make London such a dreaded place to go to.

      I don't think there will be any Palace fans as London goes into Tier 3 on Saturday 00:01. That could be an advantage to us.

      I'm quite nervous about this game, our away form has been crap lately and Palace are a dangerous side, I've gone for a narrow 2-1 win to us.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #9: Dec 18, 2020 09:38:55 am
      I don't think there will be any Palace fans as London goes into Tier 3 on Saturday 00:01. That could be an advantage to us.

      I'm quite nervous about this game, our away form has been crap lately and Palace are a dangerous side, I've gone for a narrow 2-1 win to us.

      We’ve been in tier 3 since Wednesday morning, so deffo no fans
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #10: Dec 18, 2020 10:19:05 am
      No benteke as well, just as he remembered how to score
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #11: Dec 18, 2020 10:52:48 am
      Not sure Id change anything with an 8 day rest period after this. I would however expect to see the 3 subs being used and not just as time killing changes.

      Keita and maybe Ox to bring energy with 25 to 15 to go for example

      Be delighted with 3 points before Christmas, wouldnt be broken hearted with a draw
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #12: Dec 18, 2020 11:04:50 am
      We’ve been in tier 3 since Wednesday morning, so deffo no fans

      Nobody loves them then! ;D
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #13: Dec 18, 2020 01:22:18 pm
      Time to pull further clear of the pack and then have 8 days off
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #14: Dec 18, 2020 02:03:29 pm
      Time to pull further clear of the pack and then have 8 days off

      That would be nice wouldn’t it.. Palace will be a good test for us..
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #15: Dec 18, 2020 03:26:33 pm
      That would be nice wouldn’t it.. Palace will be a good test for us..
      They have got good results as well recently so a good match on Saturday
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #16: Dec 18, 2020 09:18:21 pm
      Tricky fixture yes, but can the owl outwit jurgen.
      I don’t think so. If it was a boxing match, they’d have a punchers chance, but tactically a bit lacking.
      They will have a few half chances, but I think we’ll have too much for them. 0:3 to the red men !
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #17: Dec 18, 2020 10:07:03 pm
      As with Spurs, their threat will come down their left side, with Zaha trying to get in behind Trent and expose our right CB. Keep that area reasonably quiet and we should have way too much for them everywhere else.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #18: Dec 18, 2020 11:16:35 pm
      Although this game comes soon after the defeat of Spurs. I am feeling as optimistic as ever, going for a 3  1 win for the champions !
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #19: Dec 18, 2020 11:50:59 pm
      Saw on the after match show, 5 our next 8 league games are away from home. Our form has been pretty sh*t away so far, so this is going to be crucial that we get a win against CP, to put us in good stead ahead of the rest of this block of away fixtures.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #20: Dec 19, 2020 07:40:34 am
      I actually think Palace are quite a good side.

      They're a much better side than Fulham and Villa and we've not had an away win for 3 months now in the League.

      It all suggests a very tough afternoon. Think we need Mane to restart his season today.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #21: Dec 19, 2020 08:36:26 am
      Red Bird takes down the Owl and the Eagle.

      Another football lesson for Woy me hopes.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #22: Dec 19, 2020 09:58:26 am
      Not sure i'd change the side in any way, maybe Matip in for Williams if he is fit but having said that it might not be so bad for Matip to sit this one out and take the rest for another week. I really like our midfield balance with Jones ahead of Gini and Henderson. I don't see Jürgen changing it, in fact i'm struggling to see many minutes for Keita if and when Thiago returns. Jones is ahead of him now and he's only going to get better. Nice problem for the manager to have!

      Away form has been poor for a while now, need to put it right today. Spuds at Leicester so there is potentially a chance to put some daylight between us and the rest with a win today.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #23: Dec 19, 2020 09:59:13 am
      I actually think Palace are quite a good side.

      They're a much better side than Fulham and Villa and we've not had an away win for 3 months now in the League.

      It all suggests a very tough afternoon. Think we need Mane to restart his season today.

      Read he has 6 in 6 Vs these so I'm hoping the good memories of scoring against them helps him refind his form.

      At the moment his goals have really dried up and it seems to be getting to him with some snatchy finishing.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Crystal Palace v Liverpool EPL (Sat 19th Dec 2020 12:30pm)
      Reply #24: Dec 19, 2020 10:23:10 am
      I think Curtis might come out of this one for Keita.

      The lack of left back options a real worry until Millie is back.

      This will be a tough game. Early Saturdays dont get the best out of us as it is, but away from home against a physical Palace side makes it even harder. Benteke being suspended is probably a blessing for them.

      Tough game and it wont be pretty but we really could do with winning a few games in a row so an away win would be a big thing.

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