Kick-off: 2015, 24/06/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool will hope to edge ever closer to a maiden Premier League title when they face Crystal Palace at Anfield.
The champions-elect had to settle for a point from a dull Merseyside derby against Everton and will need to be more creative here.
Palace will be no pushovers after four successive clean sheets and under 2.5 goals at 11/10 is our opening Liverpool vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool lacked a cutting edge as they made their return to competitive action at Goodison Park after a three-month break.
The Reds managed just three shots on target despite dominating the game and struggled in the absence of Mohamed Salah and full-back Andy Robertson, who has averaged an assist almost once every four league games in the last two seasons.
Captain Jordan Henderson told the club’s official website: “I think we can be a lot better of course. We know that (but) there were still some positive things that I thought were good.
“We tried to adapt to the situation but overall obviously we are disappointed. There are still plenty of positives, a clean sheet and I thought we defended really well. We just lacked that bit in the final third.
“I think we can be a little bit better and more clinical but we’ll get ready now for Wednesday. Overall, we’ve just got to take it, move on and try to be better in the next game.”
Another solid defensive display is likely to be the backbone of Liverpool’s performance and we like 4/5 for them to win to nil in the Liverpool vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Minamino.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace resumed their season in the same form as they left off before lockdown and a fourth straight win means they are now eyeing a push for a European place.
The 2-0 victory at Bournemouth was also their fourth consecutive clean sheet and playing at Anfield behind closed doors can only help the visitors, even if manager Roy Hodgson does not entirely agree.
“There’s no doubt Jurgen Klopp and the players would prefer to play in an Anfield with 60,000 spectators roaring them on but I think we’ve all come to terms with the fact that’s not going to happen,” he said.
“Nothing changes in terms of the quality Liverpool have, the way they play, their organisation, their determination also to keep going despite having had the league title in their pocket for quite a while.
“Nothing’s going to change there. People sometimes argue that it’s easier to play in empty stadia – I don’t know. For me it’s as always; 22 actors on the field, each doing his best to try to get a result. That’s all I can hope for from my team.”
Since winning at Anfield in 2017, Palace have lost four of the last five meetings by one goal and we’re backing them with a two-goal start on the handicap at 1/1 as our final Liverpool vs Crystal Palace prediction.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.
Everton 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Bournemouth 0-2 CRYSTAL PALACE – Luka Milivojevic, Jordan Ayew
Head-to-head: Palace 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-3 Palace, Palace 0-2 Liverpool, Palace 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-0 Palace, Liverpool 1-2 Palace, Palace 2-4 Liverpool
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