Crystal Palace v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2018
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Liverpool head to Selhurst Park on Monday night as they look to continue their strong start to the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Liverpool beat Palace home and away last season, 1-0 at Anfield and 2-1 in South London, with Sadio Mane scoring in both games for The Reds.
Palace's last win over Jurgen Klopp's side came in 2017, thanks to two goals from former Liverpool player Christian Benteke in a 2-1 win at Anfield.
Palace, and former Liverpool boss, Roy Hodgson should have a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of this Monday night clash - and he may opt to bring summer signing Cheikhou Kouyate into the starting XI.
Klopp is likely to still be without defender Dejan Lovren, as he continues to return to full fitness following the World Cup, meaning Joe Gomez will continue at centre back.
Captain Jordan Henderson should start after coming off the bench in their opening day win over West Ham, and new signing Xherdan Shaqiri could come in if he rests Roberto Firmino.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Palace got their season up and running with a 2-0 win at Fulham, with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilf Zaha, now with a new contract in hand, on the opening weekend. The signs look promising that Hodgson's pragmatic approach, mixed with the creative talent they have in attack, means they could have a strong season if everyone can stay fit at crucial times in the campaign.
Liverpool eased past West Ham 4-0, with Mane, Mo Salah and Daniel Sturridge all scoring, as Klopp's side laid down a marker that they intend to push Manchester City all the way this season. The potency of Liverpool's attack will be key here, and despite the positivity of the win away at Fulham, the visitors should have to much going forward - with a Liverpool win at 2/5.
That goal scoring power from 2017-18 for Liverpool shows little sign of letting up this season, as they simply picked up where they left off against The Hammers, and they should get amongst the goals here - with a Liverpool win and over 1.5 total goals scored at 4/6.
Liverpool to win 2-0 at 15/2
The West Ham performance, allied with the summer transfers that Klopp has made, shows that Liverpool want to make a real title push this season. The German coach knows that they have to start the season strongly, and not allow Manchester City to move away from them.
Sadio Mane to score first at 11/2
The Senegalese international was the hero against Palace last season, and he looked bright during a goal scoring performance against West Ham. His pace and movement will cause issues for a Palace defensive pairing of James Tomkins and former Liverpool man Mamadou Sakho.