Crystal Palace vs Liverpool betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

Crystal Palace welcome league-leaders Liverpool to Selhurst Park this Saturday for this 3pm kick-off.

Palace are in a bit of a rut at the moment, collecting just one point from twelve from their last four league matches. They conceded two goals in each of those four matches and have also failed to score in each of their last two matches.

In contrast, Liverpool are soaring this season. They have picked up thirty-four from a maximum of thirty-six points in the league. Or sixty-one from sixty-three if we take this current run back to last season. They have also scored at least two goals in nineteen of their last twenty-one matches.

The Reds come into this match on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over reigning Champions, Manchester City. With City welcoming Chelsea to the Etihad later in the day, Liverpool know a win here could put them twelve points ahead of Guardiola’s side.

James Milner

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Who will win?

After a six-game undefeated run at Selhurst Park against the Reds at the start of this millennium, Palace have fallen to five straight defeats here, in all competitions. They are the 6/1 outsiders to end that streak today.

There hasn’t been a stalemate in this fixture since their failed title bid during the 2013/14 season, when Liverpool collapsed at 0-3 ahead. Odds of 7/2 are available if you believe the eleven-game streak without a draw ends on Saturday.

Liverpool have won twenty of their last twenty-one Premier League matches. They are also on a run of four straight victories against Crystal Palace. They are 9/20 to extend this run to five this weekend.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Who will score?

Jordan Ayew (pictured above) has played against Liverpool three times in his career, failing to register a goal or assist in the process. However, he has been Palace’s main goal threat this season, with four Premier League goals. The Ghanaian scored the only goal of the game against Sao Tome and Principe on Monday. Ayew is 10/1 to score the first goal of the game on Saturday. Or 3/1 to get on the scoresheet at any time during the match.

Sadio Mané (pictured above) is the third highest scorer of all time in this fixture, with four goals. He currently trails only Steve McManaman (five) and Ian Rush (seven). The Senegalese international has scored in each of his last four appearances against Palace, two of which were game winning goals. Can Sadio continue his scoring streak on Saturday? He is 21/20 to get on the scoresheet, 3/1 to do so as the game’s first scorer.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on a stunning run of form for Liverpool, with four goals in his last three starts. He continued this with a goal and an assist for England over the international break. In Ox’s only career start against Crystal Palace, he scored both goals for Arsenal in a 2-0 win. He is 13/5 to score again on Saturday. Or you can back Chambo at 17/2 to open the scoring.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool wins a penalty from during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Match preview

Crystal Palace are Liverpool’s bogey team. Or so it is said, at least.

As fans, this seems to be said for any side for which one team suffered a memorable negative result at a crucial point in time. Liverpool have had plenty of those against Palace through the years.

The Eagles first ever victory against Liverpool was a stunning 4-3 win in the FA Cup semi-final back in 1990. It was a result that shocked English football at the time, especially as it came on the back of Liverpool thrashing them 9-0 in the league just a few months earlier.

The Reds also went nearly eighteen years without a victory at Selhurst Park, from December 1997 until February 2015; a run of six matches without a win. Included in this run was their title-ending collapse from 0-3 ahead at the tail end of the 2013/14 season.

At the time, Liverpool were pushing for more goals to try and claw back some of Manchester City’s goal difference. However, it was naïve and merely resulted in them leaving the door open for Palace to get back into the match. They turned the game around to 3-3, taking control of the title challenge away from them.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: The Klopp era

As we can see from the graph above, Liverpool actually have the worst overall record of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ when facing Crystal Palace.

Although, they have actually struggled more at Anfield in the last five seasons, there they have averaged just 1.6 points per game (PPG), compared to 2.0 PPG here at Selhurst Park. In fact, Liverpool have won each of their last five visits here, in all competitions

We can also see from the orange and black area chart, that most of their problems came during the Rodgers era and at the beginning of Klopp’s time at the club. In the last two seasons, Klopp has a 100% record against Palace, winning four out of four matches, including all three with Roy Hodgson as manager.

However, perhaps this is just a part of a wider point with Klopp. He doesn’t seem to believe in superstition, records or history. It is just a football match and what has come before has no influence on what will happen in these 90 minutes. Jurgen Klopp has his squad buying into this approach also.

This has seen Liverpool approach matches with no apprehension, with respect instead of fear. They have stopped dropping points to sides who set out in a low block, winning twenty from twenty against the bottom ten in the Premier League last season and continuing this perfect record so far this term.

While trips to Selhurst Park are never easy, and Palace have proved they are capable of taking points off anybody – Manchester City have dropped points to them in each of their last two seasons – Liverpool will come into this match with a belief that if they put in a performance, they can turn this into another routine win.

Crystal Palace team news vs Liverpool

Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward (centre) walks off the pitch after picking up an injury during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

Roy Hodgson is likely to be without the services of Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho at the weekend.

While Wickham is back in training, he is seriously lacking fitness after a long absence. He is yet to feature for the Eagles in the Premier League this campaign.

Sakho has only featured twice for Palace in the league this season. His last run-out was back in September. He is still working towards a full recovery from a knee injury.

Joel Ward was withdrawn before half-time against Chelsea due to a groin injury. He is unlikely to feature this weekend. Martin Kelly seems likely to continue in his place.

Wilfried Zaha is another who failed to finish Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea before the international break. He didn’t feature for Ivory Coast in their African Cup of Nations qualifiers due to a foot injury and may miss out against Liverpool also.

Christian Benteke may be in for a surprise start after scoring twice for Belgium on Tuesday. He hasn’t started a league match for the Eagles since mid-August.

Predicted Crystal Palace team vs Liverpool

Predicted Crystal Palace team vs Liverpool

Predicted Crystal Palace team vs Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Liverpool team news vs Crystal Palace

Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip are still ruled out for Liverpool. Although, Matip is edging closer to a return to training for the Reds.

Mohamed Salah continues to be troubled by the ankle injured in their clash with Leicester. He missed out on Egypt’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers and is considered a major doubt for the weekend. Klopp will need to decide whether to select Origi in his place, or change the system and opt for the in-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain instead.

Andrew Robertson is in a similar situation to Salah. He too missed out on international duty due to an ankle injury and looks likely to miss out at the weekend. James Milner looks the most likely to deputise for him.

The media circus surrounding Raheem Sterling’s attack on Joe Gomez seems to have quietened somewhat. Gomez was left with a scratched face from the altercation. Worse will be the mental damage of being booed by the England fans afterwards. He withdrew from the squad afterwards with a knee injury and it remains to be seen if he is available for the weekend.

Xherdan Shaqiri is still battling to overcome a calf strain that has plagued his season. Although, he is now back in full training signifying that he is nearing a return.

Jordan Henderson has been struggling with an illness this week and missed England’s match versus Kosovo. However, he is expected to recover and lead the team out on Saturday once more.

Virgil van Dijk withdrew from the Dutch squad for personal reasons. He should be available for the Reds come the weekend.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Crystal Palace

Predicted Liverpool team vs Crystal Palace

Predicted Liverpool team vs Crystal Palace

The latest tweets from Crystal Palace pre-Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Crystal Palace

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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