Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Predictions
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- Liverpool are winless in their last five Premier League away games.
- Each of their last three trips have ended 1-1, as have each of Crystal Palace’s last two matches.
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in three Premier League outings.
Resolute Eagles extend unbeaten run
Crystal Palace picked up another useful point in midweek as they played out a 1-1 stalemate against an improving West Ham side, which is especially impressive considering they played the final 20 minutes with ten men.
This makes it three games without defeat for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, and after holding Spurs to a draw at Selhurst Park last weekend they will feel cautiously optimistic about welcoming the reigning Premier League champions.
Reds boost title defence chances
Jurgen Klopp’s side clinched a dramatic injury-time winner in midweek to send them three points clear of Spurs at the top of the table, but this is a far cry from the team that dismantled all comers last season.
Liverpool have only lost one of their league games this season, but they have drawn four more and have conceded 19 goals in their 13 top flight matches so far. They may be top of the table, but five teams have shown them they’re anything but invincible this season.
The latest to do this was the relegation threatened Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend, and that 1-1 draw continued a somewhat worrying trend for the Reds.
Away day blues for Jurgen Klopp’s side
Away from home they have won just one Premier League match this season, and that came all the way back in September. They followed that with a catastrophic 7-2 defeat at Villa Park and, after their stalemate at Fulham last weekend, they are now on a four match drawing streak.
With Palace proving difficult to beat at the moment we think the value lies in backing Hodgson and company to get something from this match, so we’re opting for a Crystal Palace double chance along with a 1-1 correct score prediction. The visitors have played out three consecutive 1-1 draws away from home and each of Palace’s last two games ended the same way.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Christian Benteke will sit this one out after getting sent off in midweek, with Jordan Ayew his likely replacement up top.
Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson are all injured, while Mamadou Sakho is a doubt as well.
Liverpool injuries and team news
Rhys Williams could remain in the side after his Premier League debut in midweek, although that depends on Joel Matip’s recovery.
Konstantinos Tsimikas, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Thiago, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Joe Gomez are all ruled out as well.
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