Liverpool v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
August 15, 2017
Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool and Crystal Palace each need a good result after disappointing starts to their Premier League season. A win is essential for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds while a first point on the board would be an acceptable result for the visitors.
Anfield holds no fears for Palace who have won on each of their last three visits, 2-1 in the last two seasons and 3-1 in 2014-15. Away victories have dominated this fixture in recent years with Liverpool also winning on their last two trips to Selhurst Park.
With the transfer window open the main team news will concern last minute signings and just as importantly last minute departures. Liverpool have turned down gigantic bids for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho and retaining his services is key to the Merseysiders ambitions, particularly with Adam Lallana still out with injury.
Palace remain without long term injury victim Connor Wickham and have to get to grips with Frank De Boer’s new three at the back system. New boy Timothy Fosu-Mensah looks to have the intelligence to adapt to it but Scott Dann was not his normal self when hounded by the Terriers.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Both sides had massively disappointing starts to the season with leaky defences costing them dearly and both managers will be looking for improvement. If Liverpool are to have title ambitions they have to learn to stop giving away late equalisers as they did yet again on the opening day at Watford.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are also vulnerable at set pieces where their system of zonal marking is not working as well in practise as in theory and this proved costly at Vicarage Road.
On the other hand, Liverpool looked dynamic going forward and the pace of new record signing Mo Salah along with Sadio Mane will give visiting defences nightmares. Salah is 41/10 for the first goal with Mane 15/4.
With Sam Allardyce gone Palace started a new era under De Boer by slipping up to newly-promoted Huddersfield, who took advantage of the Eagles failing to take flight with the new system brought in by the new regime.
Palace though can always cause trouble with their talented forwards and Christian Benteke will pose the sort of threat which once persuaded the Anfield giants to pay big money for him.
Roberto Firmino to open the scoring at 17/5
The Brazilian is always lively and on the end of so much of the Reds' approach play.
Christian Benteke to score first at 17/2
The Belgium striker will be desperate to score as he returns to Anfield and may relish set pieces against Liverpool’s zonal marking.