Following a thrilling last-second victory over Tottenham mid-week, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will take on another London-based club to kick-off Gameweek 14 on Saturday morning.
This time, they’ll head from north to south London as the Reds look to continue their continued push to the top of the table. After winning the title last season, Liverpool surely again sees an opportunity to reign supreme in 2020-21, as Man City and Chelsea seem to again possess obvious flaws.
In order to win the league, these are the games they need to win – a pesky Crystal Palace side awaits at their rowdy home of Selhurst Park, but the talent gap remains enormous. The red and blue of Palace have put together a very respectable campaign thus far under manager Roy Hodgson, but the Eagles enter this game pretty banged-up among key positions.
Historically Liverpool have endured some difficulty at Selhurst Park, and with the form of Crystal Palace lately – expect some difficulties for the skilled Reds in this one. For added information, team news, and a tactical analysis, read on below for our detailed prediction on this Palace vs. Liverpool early encounter.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+450)
Over 2.5 (-145)
Under 2.5 (+125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Pick:
As mentioned above, this is definitely a tough spot for Liverpool, coming off of a big and emotional victory over Tottenham in a battle for first place. But it’s also going to be quite the stiff test for Palace, as the Eagles could be without as many as six key players to take on Liverpool.
Christian Benteke is suspended, while Nathan Ferguson, Mamdou Sakho, and Connor WIckham are notable injuries across the pitch. Still though, there are some talented pieces within Roy Hodgson’s well-organized side. Palace have done well to stick to their system so far this year, and have even been much more creative in the final third.
Wilfried Zaha seems to be playing the best of his career, while introducing the speed and dribbling ability of Eberechi Eze has really opened up the Palace attack, providing this club with some much-needed flair. They have been scoring of late, and can trouble the Liverpool back-line if lapses do occur.
Meanwhile, for Liverpool – they too have some injuries, but unlike Palace, the Reds possess the financial ability to overcome those losses with unbelievable squad depth. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are excellent fullbacks, both of whom will push the pace with dangerous attacks from the flank, and swooping crosses into the Palace box.
Up front, Liverpool remain stacked with a lethal attacking trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Bobby Firmino. The latter scored a remarkable goal to win the match mid-week vs. Spurs and surely will be entering Saturday with sky-high confidence.
While on paper many might anticipate this being a mismatch, bank on Palace giving the Reds a good match. They’re rested, and can hurt teams drastically on the counter with the pace and ability of Zaha and Eze. Liverpool remain uncertain in the heart of their defense, and though the Reds might escape with three points, there’s a lot of juice attached to their number. A better wager rests with the ‘both teams to score’ market, and definitely on the over 2.5. Expect an open affair, and one that features bits of brilliance from both attacking corps.