While seeing this year’s Premier League trophy get awarded to Liverpool is quite likely a mere formality, the Reds will still be looking for results to close things out sooner rather than later.
On Wednesday evening they’ll get yet another opportunity to inch closer to their coveted crown as they host a pesky Crystal Palace side managed by Roy Hodgson.
Liverpool have been in dominant form all season long, and have actually only lost once all campaign. They’re a squad devoid of any glaring holes, and can attack and generate offense unlike many squads we’ve seen. Coach Jurgen Klopp was content with his side’s scoreless draw vs. Everton on Sunday, knowing that the timing and rhythm will return to his group as more matches get played.
For Palace, once considered relegation contenders, the determined group has emerged as a legitimate top-table side, and one that is now pushing for a real shot at European football. The Eagles easily disposed of Bournemouth by a 2-0 scoreline on Saturday afternoon, showing their structure and organization, and how it led to quality scoring opportunities on the counter.
Expect a more offensive outing from Liverpool on Wednesday, as they’ll look to inch closer to securing their title. With a win here, it could be established against second-place Manchester City next week. The pressure is on, but can Palace spoil the party? Read on beneath the posted odds for game analysis, and a betting prediction. Enjoy Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool!
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+950)
Over 2.5 (-140)
Under 2.5 (+120)
Liverpool -1.5 (-105)
Crystal Palace +1.5 (-115)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Pick:
Though Liverpool limped their way to a 0-0 draw last Sunday vs. Everton, they were surprisingly without two of their top talents. Fullback Andy Robertson and star striker Mohammed Salah both missed out due to injury, but all indications are that both should return for the match vs. Palace.
For Palace, no fresh injury concerns exist for Roy Hodgson’s men and expect little squad rotation for the Eagles in such a big match. With their recent form, you have to think Palace believes they can give the Reds a legitimate run on Wednesday evening, and will be doubling down on their structure and shape, especially without the ball.
Look for Palace’s midfield trio of Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate, and James McArthur to be relentless in tracking down loose balls and trying to win back possession. It won’t be easy, but if those three can disrupt Liverpool’s rhythm and passing ability in the midfield – it might just allow the pacy Jordan Ayew or Wilfried Zaha to score a crucial goal on the counter.
Ultimately, Liverpool know they don’t want this title ordeal to drag on longer than it needs. A disappointing showing at Everton on Sunday will be responded to, and Palace are likely the unfortunate recipients of this. Manager Jurgen Klopp has put a real emphasis on winning the title at second-place Manchester City next week, and that should provide all the motivation Liverpool needs to dispose of Palace. There exists a big gulf in talent here, and though the Eagles have been solid in defense lately, the pace and finishing ability of Liverpool’s attackers should overwhelm them. A 2-0 win for Liverpool seems fitting.
Pick: Liverpool 2-0