Kick-off: 1230, 19/12/2020
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool’s Premier League away form makes them worth taking on when facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Reds have failed to pick up maximum points from any of their last five road trips in this competition, including four straight draws.
Punters can get 18/5 for another stalemate in south London and that is our first Crystal Palace vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace’s results have predictably picked up since Wilfried Zaha’s return from an absence enforced by coronavirus issues.
The Eagles romped to a 5-1 victory at West Brom prior to 1-1 draws against Tottenham at this venue and West Ham away.
Christian Benteke put them ahead on 34 minutes at London Stadium on Wednesday, but Sebastien Haller responded with a superb second-half overhead kick.
Benteke’s 70th-minute dismissal dashed hopes of Palace responding, but the Hammers were unable to put any real pressure on their goal either.
In-form Benteke now being banned is a blow, but Hodgson has options up front, with Jordan Ayew or Michi Batshuayi able to come in alongside Zaha and the exciting Eberechi Eze.
“I do think, at the moment, in the last three games our attacking play has been particularly potent,” Hodgson told the club website.
“We’re getting good reward for the efforts the players put in on the training field to improve their combinations and their understanding.”
Palace have scored six of their eight home goals in the first half this term, so 33/20 for them to net in the opening period appeals from the Crystal Palace vs Liverpool odds.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Dann, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, Eze, Zaha, Benteke.
Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Cahill and Jeffrey Schlupp are fit enough to start after being left out in midweek, but Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho (both calf) and Connor Wickham (thigh) are missing.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool went top of the table in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 triumph over Tottenham at Anfield in midweek.
Mohamed Salah’s 26th-minute opener was soon cancelled out by a breakaway Son Heung-min strike.
Steven Bergwijn had two opportunities to put Spurs ahead, one hitting a post, while Harry Kane missed a header from six yards.
But in the end, it was Roberto Firmino who put the Reds back in front via a fine stoppage-time header.
“We have already gone through a tough period and playing a game like this was absolutely exceptional,” beamed Jurgen Klopp. “I really felt we deserved the three points.”
Victory extended Liverpool’s unbeaten home league run to 66 matches and that was a sixth straight win at Anfield this term.
However, substantial injury problems have been more keenly felt in away fixtures, including a bizarre 7-2 thrashing at Aston Villa.
There was no disgrace in drawing at Everton or Manchester City, but only sharing the spoils with Brighton and Fulham will have frustrated Klopp.
The last three stalemates have all finished 1-1 and 8/1 for that scoreline to come up again completes our Crystal Palace vs Liverpool betting tips.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Williams, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Defender Joel Matip is expected to be fit after a back spasm. Thiago Alcantara is set to rejoin team training next week after two months out with a knee injury, while fellow midfielders James Milner (hamstring) and Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle) are closing in on returns, too.
West Ham 1-1 CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke
LIVERPOOL 2-1 Tottenham – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino
Head-to-head: Liverpool 4-0 Palace, Palace 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-3 Palace, Palace 0-2 Liverpool
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