By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 20th August 2018
Monday 20th August
Stadium: Selhurst Park, London
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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds
Jurgen Klopp’s side are just 4/9 to back up their 4-0 opening day romp past West Ham with a second successive victory in the Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds.
The Eagles are remote 5/1 underdogs for three points in front of the Selhurst Park faithful, while the first draw between the sides since the night back in 2014 dubbed ‘Crystanbul’ is priced up at 15/4.
With the Reds in town, a hearty portion of goals are expected. A Over 2.5 in the match prediction is betting at a skinny 4/7 and both teams to score is a 7/10 pick.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds | team news
Palace shot-caller Roy Hodgson remains unable to summon long-term ACL absentee Scott Dann, while loan capture Jordan Ayew and fellow summer signing Max Meyer are not certain to be match fit. Connor Wickham has also suffered a small setback on his tortuously lengthy return from injury.
Liverpool are without Dejan Lovren until early September and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not be back this season, while Simon Mignolet and Ragnar Klavan aren’t certain to be available.
Joel Matip is likely to make a return to the bench following his recovery from a preseason injury.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds | tips and predictions
For a while there, Palace were a bad dream Liverpool couldn’t wake up from, scuppering their 2013/14 title tilt, beating them four times in seven subsequent meetings and spoiling Steven Gerrard’s Anfield swansong along the way.
Last season was the first time the Reds have done a Premier League double over the Eagles since an 85th-minute winner from David Thompson sealed the deal in 1997/98.
They’ve now beaten the South London side at Selhurst Park in four successive visits, with those wins having plenty in common with one another.
Both teams to score odds were landed in all four (and indeed 10 of the side’s 11 meetings since Palace returned to the Promised Land in 2013/14), while three of the quartet finished 2-1 in the Reds’ favour and as many saw the hosts opening the scoring.
Klopp’s men to win and both teams to score is available at 7/4 in the Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds, while a 2-1 away win is 7/1 in the correct score betting and the Reds to come from behind and win can be backed at 5/1.
The expectation that this latest renewal will follow that formula once again is high, but it’s also dogged by the knowledge that both the Reds’ wins over their hosts last season owed something to an Eagles urge to self-sabotage.
Palace were in Frank-de-Boer-inspired freefall in August when going down 1-0 at Anfield and amid an infuriating run of conceding late winners and equalisers when sunk by Mohamed Salah’s 84th-minute decider in March.
As such, both teams to score looks the steadiest betting prediction at 7/10.
Key players to watch
Sadio Mane was instrumental in exorcising the demons of past-Palace-related pain in 2017/18, bagging home and away against them and he notched twice at home to West Ham last Sunday.
The silky Senegalese is somehow 8/5 fourth favourite among the visitors in the Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds for anytime goalscorer and looks like a fair pick at the prices, having been a winner for us last week.
For the Eagles, last season’s penalty-taking, free-kick dispatching revelation Luka Milivojevic remains generously priced at anytime scorer odds of 24/5.
However, the callow Trent Alexander-Arnold should be in for an abominable afternoon in dealing with effervescent port bow bromance Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt.
The 9/1 about PVA to net during the match looks glued on value after he served notice that his excellent late-season form in 2017/18 (scoring in his last in three outings) has carried over into this campaign with an assist and disallowed goal in the space of few first-half minutes vs Fulham.
Palace vs Liverpool match stats
- The Reds have scored 22 Premier League goals at Selhurst Park, more than any away side has scored.
- After suffering three defeats in a row against Crystal Palace, Liverpool have won four of their last five Premier League meetings.
- If Wilfried Zaha scores against Liverpool, he will become the Eagle’s highest Premier League goal-scorer.