Liverpool will take on Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League match to be held at the Selhurst Park on Monday evening.
Time: 8 pm BST (Monday); 12:30 am (Tuesday) IST; 3 pm ET;
Where to Watch Live
In the UK, live telecast is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. For those keen on radio commentary, it will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.
In the US, the Barclays Premier League match will be telecast by NBCSN, and online free live streaming will be available on NBC Sports Live Extra.
In India, it will be shown live on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2 at 12:30 AM IST and all those in Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka can also watch it on Star Sports 4. For live streaming access, visit http://starsports.com/football.
Palace, who had suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the last league fixture, will be vying for a definite win this evening. Edin Dzeko opened the scoring for Manuel Pellegrini’s side before Yaya Toure doubled the lead before the break.
Liverpool reached the penultimate fixture after losing 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield. Liverpool is witnessing four casualties — Sebastian Coates (knee), Jose Enrique (knee), Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) and Jordan Henderson, who was suspended.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, however, is confident that his team would bounce back to keep Liverpool’s chance of winning the title finally. “If there is any team that can score goals and turn it around, it will be us. That will be our aim. We aim to score goals and be defensively strong. I have seen it before. Chelsea beat Wigan 8-0 in the last game of the season (in 2010).”
After Monday’s match, Liverpool will move on to clash with Newcastle United on the final day, City host Aston Villa on Wednesday and then West Ham on Sunday. In all, it would require them to win five matches in a row to win the championship, something difficult to dream about.
Crystal manager Tony Pulis points out that Liverpool hadn’t won anything for a long time so they finished seventh last year. “There was no cause for Brendan to leave the football club so he’s had the opportunity and the chance to have a bit of time to sort it all out. Fair play to Liverpool because they stuck with him and never panicked and they’re getting their rewards now,” he said wryly.
Otherwise, both sides are separated by goal difference and Liverpool’s win will them reach the top, while the Crystal Palace will still have a game in hand before entering the final day of the league on May 11.
Crystal Palace, like the way they did to Chelsea, would try and frustrate Liverpool today but being in good form despite the injured absentees, the Reds will score a goal or two to win the match.
Crystal Palace Probable Lineup: Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Bolasie, Ledley, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Puncheon; Jerome.
Liverpool Probable Lineup: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan; Gerrard, Lucas; Sterling, Sturridge, Coutinho; Suarez.