Crystal Palace vs Liverpool – Match preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be hoping to stun Liverpool at Selhurst Park for the second time this season when they meet in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The hosts must fancy their chances after their recent results, which have seen them move themselves clear of the Premier League’s bottom three with only one defeat in six matches, while they knocked out high-flying Southampton in a highly entertaining encounter to reach this stage.

It is also a massive boost for the Eagles that Yannick Bolasie is back from the Africa Cup of Nations, as the winger made an instant impact after coming off the bench in Wednesday’s draw with Newcastle United, setting up a much-needed goal for out-of-form striker Fraizer Campbell.

But they come up against a Liverpool side playing significantly better than when they grimly surrendered 3-1 in South London back in November. Tuesday evening provided more proof of that, extending their run as the Premier League’s only unbeaten team of 2015 with a hugely important victory over in-form top four rivals Tottenham.

The Reds have had to work hard to reach the last 16, narrowly seeing off the challenge of AFC Wimbledon before needing two late goals to overcome a spirited Bolton Wanderers after a replay. Now they look even stronger, with Daniel Sturridge back in action and Mario Balotelli now finally having scored in the Premier League.

Mile Jedinak is set to miss out for Palace along with James McArthur and Yaya Sanogo, but January signing Papa Souare could make his debut. Liverpool have several problems, with Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard and Jordon Ibe all absent while Raheem Sterling will be assessed.

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