By Maryam Naz
17th January 2019
Having watched their opponents dismantle the reigning champions Manchester City three weeks ago, Liverpool won’t be underestimating their former manager, Roy Hodgson, or his players in this weekend’s clash against Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: odds and predictions
The Reds are trading as 2/11 favourites in our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace predictions and betting tips, despite being dealt short odds. Meanwhile, Palace are betting as 6/1 underdogs, with the odds about a potential draw registering at 16/1.
If last year’s games were anything to go by, the Eagles pace and power on the counter could pose the Liverpool defence some problems. And given that Jurgen Klopp’s back four has already been hit with some serious damage with both Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren noticeable absentees, the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Towsend will look to manipulate their make-shift defence.
Both James Milner and Fabinho have proved that they are more than capable of playing in defensive positions when asked, but whether they can repeat their performances against this weekend’s opponents is another question altogether.
They will need to rely on their ruthless attacking trio and hope that the usual suspects find their way onto the score-sheet: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. While Salah – the current Premier League top scorer – has been firing on all cylinders alongside Firmino, Mane will be looking to join his sparring partners on the goalscoring front.
All in all, we’re set up for a thrilling and enticing contest in line with this Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace head-to-head (most recent first) Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool, Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace, Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Liverpool to win 2-1, betting @ 17/2
Considering that recent results in this fixture have seen the Reds emerge as narrow winners, the first of our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace predictions and betting tips might be a valuable pick to punt on.
While we are projecting Klopp’s men to concede given that they haven’t conceded more than once in any of their last 16 Premier League home games, Palace may miss out on the three points, despite scoring the solitary goal.
A Virgil Van Dijk-led defence should ensure the Reds safe passage to another home win in what looks to be a tough game for the Anfield outfit.
With four goals in his last six Premier League starts, punting on Salah to score anytime during the game looks to be a sure-fire way to make the most of our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace predictions.
Last week’s clinical winner against Brighton, preceded by his goal against Arsenal proves that Salah is in red-hot form.
The Egyptian is currently on 48 goals for Liverpool and could become the eight African player overall to score 50 in the competition, should he bag a brace in this Saturday’s game.
Predicted scorer: Sadio Mane our pick to score first @ 21/20
The Senegalese striker has scored in his last three Premier League games against Crystal Palace, which means that the last instalment of our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace predictions and betting tips forecast him to make it onto the score-sheet this Saturday.
Mane’s pace and power on the counter have never been doubted. But a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal has often meant that the forward has been overlooked ahead of Salah and Firmino.
Indeed, a goal to break the goalscoring for his side against frisky opposition would do both his and Liverpool fans confidence wonders.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace stats: Opta
- Liverpool have won five of their last six Premier League games against Crystal Palace, including the last three in a row. They’ve never won four consecutively against the Eagles in the top flight.
- Liverpool are looking to win seven consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since January 2014.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League home games – they last had a longer run in the top-flight between February 1978 and December 1980, a club record run of 63 home games without defeat.
- Crystal Palace have failed to score in six of their last seven Premier League games against sides starting the day top (W1 D1 L5), with the exception being a 2-1 win at Chelsea in April 2017.
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored more Premier League goals against Crystal Palace than he has against any other side in the competition (6).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.