Kick-off: 2000, 15/08/2022
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool have to wait until Monday night to kickstart their Premier League campaign after drawing with Fulham in their opening match.
They pushed Manchester City all the way last season but are already playing catch-up after that unexpected result at Craven Cottage and will be desperate to make amends.
So, the home side to be winning this one at half-time and full-time is 1.7 and our first Liverpool vs Crystal Palace prediction.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was fuming with the performance as much as the result in west London but one ray of light was the shift put in by new striker Darwin Nunez.
He added to the goal he scored in the Community Shield win over City and Klopp said: “A great goal. He could have scored another one as well, maybe two. Crazy.
“He is involved in a lot of goalscoring situations, so that’s really cool.”
Nunez has come off the bench to score both of his goals but he is in line to start against the Eagles, who have lost 10 straight head-to-head encounters.
Meetings between these two teams have been known to throw up a few goals in recent years – we’ve had 4-0, 4-3 and 3-0 to Liverpool at Anfield and they also won 7-0 at Selhurst Park a couple of years ago.
Nunez could fill his boots if given the nod and, looking at the 7.0 appeals.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Firmino, Salah, Diaz.
Naby Keita has returned after illness to ease some of the midfield pressure on Klopp, as Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (both hamstring) and Curtis Jones (calf) are all absent until the end of the month or longer.
Klopp is also still without forward Diogo Jota (thigh), centre-back Ibrahima Konate (knee) and back-up goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher but second-choice left-back Kostas Tsimikas (knee) has returned to training.
Crystal Palace Odds
A closer look at the recent encounters between Palace and Liverpool is not a great read for Palace fans.
Since a famous 3-3 draw back in 2014 as Liverpool stumbled late while chasing the title, they have met 17 times – 16 in the league and once in the FA Cup.
Palace have won only four, with Liverpool winning the rest – so it isn’t wise to back a draw in this one.
Defender Joachim Andersen, who was in the Palace side who lost 3-0 in this fixture almost a year ago, was frustrated last weekend when losing to Arsenal, but he knows what they have to do to put things right.
The centre-half told Palace TV: “It’s the same story as last season. We played well but didn’t win.
“We need to be better at taking our chances. When we had good periods, we missed a little bit of that killer instinct, in the last action, in our own box, in their box.”
Palace could have enough about them to trouble their hosts but a home win with both teams scoring at 2.95 completes our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Clyne, Eze, Schlupp, Doucoure, Ayew, Zaha, Edouard.
Michael Olise could finally make a return to Patrick Vieira’s squad after recovering from a foot injury sustained last spring.
Nathan Ferguson, meanwhile, has “had a setback” and has not been in training for the past few days, while James McArthur and James Tomkins will also miss the match.
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