Liverpool will be hoping to make it seven wins from 10 games when they take on Crystal Palace, who have proven to be something of a bogey team for the Reds in recent years, this weekend (5.30pm Saturday, BT Sport 1).
Liverpool moved level on points with table-toppers Manchester City last weekend, with Jurgen Klopp’s men running out 2-1 winners against West Bromwich Albion in front of their own supporters. It was another fine attacking performance from the Reds, who have played some dazzling football going forward this term, although Klopp will have been disappointed with the concession of another goal from a set-piece.
Many expected that Liverpool would be battling for a Champions League place in 2016/17, but the manner in which they have started the campaign suggests that they could go one better and contend for the Premier League crown. The club’s progress in just over a year under Klopp’s guidance has been extremely positive, and Liverpool will be hoping to assert their title credentials at Selhurst Park this weekend.
Crystal Palace were defeated in their previous outing last Saturday, with Leicester City securing a 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium. The Eagles started the game well and were the better team for the first 20 minutes, but a lack of a clinical edge in front of goal and defensive mistakes at the back combined to ensure they left the East Midlands empty-handed. It has been a mixed start to the 2016/17 season for Palace, who have won three, drawn two and lost four of their first nine fixtures in the top flight. Alan Pardew’s (pictured) side currently sit in 11th place as the campaign enters its second quarter. A top-half finish is the south Londoners’ objective this year, and it will be interesting to see how they get on against a side like Liverpool.
Liverpool cannot play youngsters Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez but otherwise have a fully fit squad to choose from. Daniel Sturridge is likely to drop back down to the substitutes’ bench despite scoring twice in Tuesday’s EFL Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur, while Georginio Wijnaldum could return to the starting XI after missing the Reds’ last two Premier League games. Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren will continue their partnership in the heart of the backline, while Loris Karius looks set to keep hold of the No.1 jersey between the sticks.
Palace have to soldier on without Pape Souare, Jonathan Benteke and Loic Remy, although Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann could return from respective calf and hamstring injuries. Joe Ledley will probably be the man to make way for Puncheon if the playmaker is fit enough to feature, while Martin Kelly could drop out and be replaced by Zeki Fryers at left-back. Steve Mandanda will keep his place in goal despite a rather shaky display in the loss at Leicester.
Our Preview’s Crystal Palace v Liverpool Betting Tips Conclusion
Liverpool have come unstuck against Palace on multiple occasions in the recent past, with the Reds having emerged victorious from only one of the five previous meetings between the two sides in the Premier League. This preview will not take too much heed of that statistic as they will probably make it two from six this weekend.
Klopp’s charges are in excellent form at present, and it is difficult to see how Palace – who are one of only two teams (along with Sunderland) yet to keep a clean sheet this term – will be able to halt their opponents’ rampant attack. A 2-1 away victory is this preview’s idea of a nice betting tip, with Philippe Coutinho our choice to score the first goal of the game.
- Betting Tip: Liverpool to beat Crystal Palace by the scoreline 2-1 at a best price of 8/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor.
- Betting Tip: Philippe Coutinho to score the first goal of the game at best betting odds of 6/1 with Coral bookmaker.
Greg Lea is a freelance sports writer. Read the articles that he has written at Just Bookies.