Liverpool v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Crystal Palace

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Saturday, January 19, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Bet365 are offering 4/6 on under 3.5 goals, which given Palace’s likely setup and Liverpool grinding out more results rather than steamrolling teams, offers good value. Punters could even take under 2.5 goals at 13/8 with a view to cashing out for a profit if the game doesn’t deliver a goal in the first half hour or so.

Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield having returned to winning ways against Brighton, whilst Palace stuttered at home on their way to defeat against Watford. The game sees the return of Roy Hodgson who managed Liverpool during a less than memorable stint in July 2010, which lasted just 7 months. Palace’s manager certainly will be keen to get one over on his former employers and will hope his pacey frontmen can unnerve Liverpool’s makeshift defence on Saturday.

Having bounced back against Brighton in a hard fought 1-0 win, Liverpool are showing signs of a championship winning team by grinding out results despite not playing well. This was a real acid test for Klopp and the character of his team having lost twice on the bounce. The team and more importantly their defence, stood up to the test of squad depth as Fabinho slotted in seamlessly to help Liverpool to another clean sheet. Hodgson will certainly set up to contain Liverpool’s front three knowing that he has the pace to counter attack with likes of Zaha and Townsend. Therefore the Reds can expect a similar setup to what they faced against Brighton and potentially another tough fixture.

Roy Hodgson at times must look at his team sheet and wonder how Palace are 16th and just 4 points away from the drop zone.With the likes of Zaha, Townsend, Ayew and Benteke up front and Sakho and Wan-Bissaka in defence, this is a team that should be performing better. Having performed a miracle in beating champions Man City away, and Leicester at home the week before that, Palace went and drew with Cardiff. This showed their lack of consistency and they have shown that their away form has been much better than at home. This could be down to the demand to be more attacking at home which doesn’t suit Hodgson’s style, but in turn makes them dangerous against Liverpool as they can sit in and frustrate the leaders.

Liverpool will have been boosted by the news that Joel Matip has returned to full training, boosting Jurgen Klopp’s defensive options. The game may come a little early for him as Klopp may look to keep Fabinho for one more week as Matip increases his sharpness. Trent Alexander-Arnold is definitely out for what could be up tp a month, with Gigi Wijnaldum also a concern.

Palace will still be without Pape Souare due to a shoulder injury, but Christian Benteke should be fit for selection against his old club. Sakho is also likely to be highly motivated in wanting to one-up his former employers, having been discarded by Klopp.

Liverpool certainly have the upper hand in this fixture, having won four out of their last five meetings, including the reverse fixture earlier in the season at Selhurst Park. Liverpool ran out winners after goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka seeing red during the game.

With Hodgson preferring to play a more defensive style away from home and against the top sides, it is likely that Liverpool will dominate possession and play a lot of the game in Palace’s half. With the Reds returning to form, it is hard to see beyond a Pool victory but there isn’t much value in this bet.

Punter's Pick

Bet365 are offering 4/6 on under 3.5 goals, which given Palace’s likely setup and Liverpool grinding out more results rather than steamrolling teams, offers good value. Punters could even take under 2.5 goals at 13/8 with a view to cashing out for a profit if the game doesn’t deliver a goal in the first half hour or so.

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