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Opposition View: Selhurst Park was a night to forget in May

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The Advertiser caught up with MSN Senior Sport Editor and Liverpool fan Rob Jones to preview Sunday's match at Selhurst Park…and he's predicting a Reds victory, but only just.

It's been an inconsistent start to this season so far for you?

Yes, it has been tough to watch on more occasions than not. Our performance at White Hart Lane is really the only glimpse of the levels we were reaching last season with such regularity. Six wins, three draws and eight losses in all competitions is just not good enough and we rightly sit in the bottom half of the table and desperately close to exiting at the group stage of the Champions League.

How much are you missing Luis Suarez?

Suarez is an obvious reason for our failings this season. It's not just his prolific goal-scoring record and ability to conjure a goal from nothing. It's far more. His appetite to win the ball back high up the pitch and constant harassment of defenders really set the tempo of the team.

Mario Balotelli might miss the match through injury. A big miss or not?

This may be a blessing in disguise. Balotelli flew back from international duty with a hamstring strain and with Daniel Sturridge's perpetual thigh problem, Brendan Rodgers could give Rickie Lambert a much overdue Premier League start. Lambert has been given limited minutes since he moved to his boyhood club, but his work-rate will surpass the levels of the less than super Mario and will allow the media scrutiny of the Italian to subside slightly.

Who should Palace look out for now heading into the game?

Much attention has been placed on Raheem Sterling, but in recent weeks it has been the performances of Philippe Coutinho that have stood out. His guile and trickery have been a key feature and have earned him a call-up into the Brazil squad for the recent friendlies.

Which Palace players do you like the look of?

I'm a big fan of the skipper Mile Jedinak. Strong in the tackle (sometimes too strong), good aerial ability and a real leader. Arsenal, for example, would be a better side with him in front of the back four. I also like Julian Speroni and I was soo pleased he got offered a new contract and has kept his place as Palace's number one.

What are your memories of Selhurst Park over the years?

I've been fortunate enough to visit Selhurst Park a few times. It's a fantastic ground with real character and atmosphere. However, the last time I was there was a night to forget for me. Yes, I was there on that fateful night when we threw away a three-goal lead and with it the chances of our first league title in 24 years. Unlike Suarez though, I managed to fight back the tears… just!

And finally, a score prediction?

Palace 1-2 Liverpool.

Follow Rob on Twitter @msnsportrob

Opposition View: Selhurst Park was a night to forget in May


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