Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview
Kick Off: 16:30 Hrs
Sun 23rd Apr 2017
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Match Prediction
Liverpool take on Crystal Palace at Anfield on 23/04/17 as two sides at opposite ends of the table look to take another step towards fulfilling their season objectives. Liverpool were in a defiant mood at West Brom last time out, dragging themselves across the line in a 1-0 win over the Baggies. Palace meanwhile showed excellent fight as they battled back from behind to draw 2-2 with Leicester. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.
Betting Tips and Predictions
Liverpool’s win at West Brom last weekend showed a different side of them and proved that they’re ready to scrap it out for a place in the top four. Palace have historically caused Liverpool issues, which I wouldn’t be surprised to see happen again, but am expecting to see a home win.
Liverpool won back-to-back away games for the third time this season as they battled for a scrappy 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. It proved to be a particularly atypical performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side, who so often this season have entertained with swashbuckling attacking football, but the more pragmatic nature of this display perhaps highlighted their awareness for the need for points. The game’s only goal came just before half-time, as Lucas Leiva flicked a free-kick to the far post with his head, doing so perfectly for Roberto Firmino to head the ball past Ben Foster from close range. Simon Mignolet again made a huge save, this time coming from Matt Phillips, and the Belgian stopper, for the second week running, was key in the away victory. Now 3rd in the Premier League table, it remains in Liverpool’s own hands to secure Champions League football for next season. Maximum points from their final five games would see them return to Europe’s elite club competition for just the second time since 2010. Klopp can boast an impressive home record from his team this season, who have lost just once at Anfield in the Premier League this term and he himself has lost just three home Premier League games since taking over in October 2015. The first of those defeats came against Crystal Palace, whom they won’t take lightly after drawing 2-2 with Bournemouth in their last home outing.
Crystal Palace Preview
Crystal Palace moved seven points clear of the relegation zone last weekend after battling back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with reigning champions Leicester City. Robert Huth headed the Foxes in front just six minutes into the first half, with Jamie Vardy doubling their lead shortly after the break with a clinical finish past Wayne Hennessey. Yohan Cabaye levelled just three minutes after Vardy’s strike and the point was earned as Andros Townsend stood a cross up to the far post, allowing Christian Benteke to head the looping cross home, it being his 12th goal of the season. Sam Allardyce has got his team performing at Selhurst Park once again, now taking ten points from their last four games in front of their raucous supporters and it has been the catalyst for their climb up the Premier League table. That said, they have also won three of their last five matches away from home and are currently in the same boat as a number of other clubs, believing that one more win should be enough to secure Premier League status for another season. With just one defeat in their last seven, they won’t fear a trip to Anfield here to face a Liverpool side who they’ve had some success against since returning to the Premier League in 2013. The Eagles have won three of the last six meeting between the two sides, including a 2-1 win at Anfield last season - Klopp’s first home loss as Liverpool boss.
Liverpool Team News
Sadio Mane and Danny Ings won’t feature for Liverpool again this season due to knee injuries. Ragnar Klavan (knee) is a doubt, while Jordan Henderson (foot) and Adam Lallana (thigh) aren’t expected to return until after this weekend.
Crystal Palace Team News
Scott Dann (knee), Pape Souare (broken leg) and Connor Wickham (cruciate ligament) are ruled out for the away side. James Tomkins (calf) is doubtful, although Loic Remy (knee) is back in training.