Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Monday, August 20th, 2018, 3:00pm
Selhurst Park, London
Both sides enjoyed victory in their opening fixtures and want to maintain momentum as the atmospheric Selhurst Park host a rampant Liverpool.
Liverpool did the double over a slow starting Crystal Palace last season but already the South Londoners look a more composed outfit than 12 months ago.
However, if Palace look much improved on last term, Liverpool are looking like champions-elect already and will expect to travel home from Selhurst Park with three points tucked into their back pockets.
The tightness of the Palace pitch always makes for an entertaining encounter when these two meet and Jurgen Klopp will know his men will have to work hard for the win.
This is because seven of the last 10 meetings between the two at Selhurst Park has been settled by a margin of no more than one goal. However, win the reds should thanks to their overwhelming quality on the pitch.
Much like last season, it will be tight and a narrow 1-2 win for the visitors is set to be on the cards.
We all know that Liverpool scoring is inevitable, so the question is whether Crystal Palace will?
The answer is yes, and for two reasons, firstly, Palace boast home advantage and secondly despite their troubles last term, still managed to score the seventh-highest number of home goals all season with 29.
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The former Liverpool hitman will be a guaranteed starter for Palace and despite struggling for the Reds, has been a hit when playing against them.
So far, the Belgian has faced Liverpool 10 times and remarkably has seven goals against them, his joint highest with Sunderland.
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Head to Head
Liverpool claimed all six points last season with a 1-0 win at Anfield backed up by a narrow 2-1 win at Selhurst Park at the end of March.
However, it is not all doom and gloom for Palace, the Eagles have still managed to win four of the last ten meetings between the two even if just one of those four came on home soil.
Liverpool have won the remaining six with remarkably no draws in the sides last ten in all competitions.
- Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke has scored seven goals against Liverpool and one assist.
- All four of Liverpool’s goals against West Ham at the weekend came from inside the box.
- Crystal Palace were only caught offside 56 times last season – 52 times fewer than Chelsea who topped the chart with 108.
- Crystal Palace were the only team in the bottom half of the table to end the campaign with a positive home goal difference (+2).
- You have to go back to the May 5 2014 the last time the pair recorded a draw in the league (3-3).