Out of form they may be, but few would doubt Liverpool are an immeasurably superior outfit than Crystal Palace.
So the opportunity to back the Reds to best their south London counterparts at a shade shy of even money – 19/20 to be exact – is one value-hunting punters surely can’t afford to pass up.
A price of 11/4 says the Eagles soar at Selhurst Park, while it’s 12/5 about the draw, but these offerings pale in significance next to the digits attributed to Brendan Rodgers’ men as they return for the first time to the scene where the bottom fell out on last season’s Premier League title dreams.
An evening that will forever be remembered as ‘Crystanbul’ saw the visitors relinquish a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 and, in essence, guarantee Manchester City the top prize.
Avenging this ignominy takes pride of place on Liverpool’s priority list and here’s why they’re nailed on to achieve it.
The Reds may be out of sorts, but Palace are far from flying.
Rodgers’ troops have failed to prevail in any of their last three league games, losing their most recent trio across all competitions, but can take solace from the fact that Croydon’s finest are in even worse form.
Without a top-flight win since a shock 3-2 success at Everton, Neil Warnock’s side have been gunned down on four of their last five outings, squandering a 2-0 lead at West Brom to draw the other.
The Eagles’ shot-shy attack is so tame it won’t even bother Liverpool’s brittle backline.
With just five goals scored on the homestead, only top-tier basement boys Burnley have mustered fewer strikes in front of their own fans.
The eight they’ve conceded means there are only four sides with leakier rearguards in the entire division.
Liverpool relished trips to the capital last term.
Following their 2-0 loss at Arsenal last November the Reds didn’t fail to score in six London sojourns.
Of these, five were in the league and three ended victoriously, with 15 goals being amassed in total.
Even this season, with the vice-like grip of a post-Luis Suarez identity crisis clamped around their throats, they still found time to wallop Tottenham 3-0 at White Hart Lane, while West Ham were able to keep them off the scoresheet in their 3-1 win.
Palace have conceded at least twice in four of six at base camp this campaign – only promoted duo Burnley and Leicester were unable to breach their backline – so it’s safe to assume the Reds will be amongst the goals here.