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Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Hull City (Lineups and Discuss)

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  • Hull haven’t won at Selhurst Park in their last 10 visits, dating back to 1985
  • Palace kept six clean sheets in their last 12 and have let in just 10 goals
  • Hull have only won six of their 49 away games in PL history

Crystal Palace welcome Hull City to South London (Watch live online, 2:45pm ET via NBC Sports Live Extra) on Tuesday, with the Eagles desperate to climb further out of trouble.

Palace have enjoyed plenty of shutout wins since Tony Pulis took charge in November and after taking 16 points from the last 33 available, and the South Londoners have a real chance of staying in the PL. As for Hull, their dramatic slide continues as a defeat away at Palace would see the Tigers level on points with their fellow newly-promoted side. That will be a big worry, after Steve Bruce’s team had such a tremendous start to the campaign but have slumped alarmingly since the festive period.

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Hull have failed to score in their last three PL games but have signed Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long in the transfer window to try and bring more goals to their game.

This match will be a tight and tense affair, but Palace must fancy their chances of grinding out another crucial win to drag themselves away from the relegation zone and chuck Hull and plenty of other teams into the mix.

In team news Palace will be without Johnathan Parr after his concussion against Wigan on Saturday, while Jerome Thomas passed a late fitness test to make it.

As for Hull, Jelavic and Long start up front together for the first-time after being cup tied last week while James Chester, Sone Aluko and Joe Dudgeon are out injured.

LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Puncheon, Ward, Jedinak, Bolasie, Chamakh, Jerome. Subs:  Price, McCarthy, O’Keefe, Williams, Bannan, Wilbraham, Gayle

Hull City: McGregor, Bruce, Davies, McShane, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long. Subs: Harper, Faye, Quinn, Koren, Boyd, Fryatt, Sagbo

Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace

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  • On average, Liverpool have scored their first goal in the 19th minute of games. The quickest in the PL.
  • Crystal Palace have made more tackles than any other side, 146.
  • Steven Gerrard has create more goalscoring chances from set pieces (8) than any other PL player

On Saturday at Anfield, Liverpool have the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League table when they host Crystal Palace (10am ET, watch live on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

The Reds comfortably beat Sunderland last weekend, and could momentarily jump one point ahead of Arsenal with a win.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will be favorites against the Eagles, and Palace’s season really has been a struggle so far. Ian Holloway’s men have lost five of their opening six games, with the lone victory coming at home against basement side Sunderland. Surely the South London outfit can’t go to Anfield and grab a win?

Liverpool have switched their tactics around slightly, and have been looking extremely solid in a 3-5-2 formation since Luis Suarez’ return from suspension. The Uruguayan scored twice against Sunderland on his PL return, and his partnership with Daniel Sturridge could prolong Liverpool’s challenge at the top of the table.

Lucas Leiva is missing for the Reds through suspension, while Glen Johnson, Aly Sissokho and Joe Allen are all out but should return after the international break. Palace could welcome back winger Yannick Bolasie and defenders Patrick McCarthy, Damien Delaney and Johnathan Parr.

What they’re saying

Brendan Rodgers on facing a defensive Palace side: “In the modern game, teams are set up defensively well. Tactically, there is limited space – especially at home. You have to be patient, teams aren’t going to just turn up and roll over. Especially if you don’t get an early goal – a goal in that first 20-25 minutes – then it can be difficult. However, we’re a team that’s evolving and starting to understand that side of football; with every attack, you can’t score.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: “Managers are only ever eight to 10 games away from the sack, so to take risks on unknown young players is difficult. There’s no two ways about it, it’s a lot more difficult to break through nowadays because of the standard of players and because there is a lot more foreigners about.”

Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi: “The confidence is still there. No-one is letting their heads drop – despite the last few results – and we know that one match and one good result can make all the difference. We always expected things to be tough in the Premier League because we are up against the best teams in the country – but we have time to turn things around. Our aim is to be out of the relegation zone before January because we have a run of matches coming up where we can definitely pick up points.”

Prediction

This result is not in question, at all. Sorry Palace fans, but this is a Liverpool home win all day long. The Reds are serious about keeping themselves at the top of the table, and they will have to ruthlessly dispatch sides like Palace to at least make the top four and qualify for the Champions League. I expect Suarez and Sturridge’s burgeoning partnership to create havoc for the newly-promoted side. A big win coming up for the Merseyside club.