Crystal Palace v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 27, 2018
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Crystal Palace look to build on their first win in eight games this weekend, but face a Liverpool side that beat Watford 5-0 in their last game. The Reds know that anything other than a win could see them lose third place to Tottenham, and have been unstoppable in attack recently.
Liverpool won by one goal to nil when Palace visiting Anfield. Despite having over 70% possession, it took 73 minutes for Jurgen Klopp's side to break the deadlock, as Sadio Mane slotted a finish past the excellent Wayne Hennessy.
Roy Hodgson's injury nightmare seems to be starting to come to an end, with star men Wilfred Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both making their long-awaited returns against Crystal Palace. With Bakary Sako and Jason Puncheon both sidelined with major injuries, the duo's return is needed to add a creative spark to the Eagles side.
Joe Gomez's injury on England duty saw the right-back return to Liverpool for treatment, although it doesn't seem to be as bad as originally feared. Emre Can was also forced to return early, having picked up a back injury that should discount him from this weekend's feature.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool Preview, Bettings Tips and Predictions
If the season were to finish now, both sides would likely be happy with their league position, Palace safe from relegation and Liverpool in the top three. However, with the two teams having played a game in hand on their table rivals, they could both see their precarious positions compromised were they to lose this weekend.
Hodgson's side has had a miserable few months, with at one point, a whole XI of senior players out injured. No matter how good a manager, and how strong a squad, disruption of this extent is always going to have an impact. However, with Zaha back to full fitness, and with a moral boosting win at Huddersfield under their belts, the Eagles will be far more confident of their safety in the remaining seven games.
Liverpool are flying high at the moment, having qualified for the next stage of the Champions League, and with just one league defeat since January. With Mohammed Salah's impressive form showing no signs of abating and their back line finally showing signs of improvement, they will be a tough side for anyone to beat, let alone a struggling Palace team.
Mo Salah to score first at 5/2
The winger has scored roughly one goal per game, it just depends when.
Liverpool to win and under 2.5 goals scored at 3/1
Palace have been typically hard to break down, despite their difficulties going forward.