Crystal Palace VS Liverpool Prediction
After some midweek emotions within English League Cup, Liverpool returns to the Premier League horizon when on Saturday night, 29 October 2016, “Reds” from Merseyside aim to maintain their unbeaten run on all fronts, but they’ll have to do it against a motivated Crystal Palace side. “Eagles” from South Norwood, London, fly back to their own nest “Selhurst Park”, where Alan Pardew’s men will be keen to put an end of possibility to form a negative streak. That couldn’t happen in its infancy since Crystal Palace have lost twice in a row but they had a week full of rest, since “Glaziers” have already been eliminated from the EFL Cup.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool – Team News and Match Preview
Jürgen Klopp’s squad extends its thriving form and their 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night was another positive result, which virtually builds a streak of 10 games without losing for Liverpool. In these 10 games we note 8 wins and 2 draws, whose beginning dates since the surprising 0-2 defeat by Burnley back in matchday two. However, it remains first and only defeat for Liverpool in season 2016-17, which awards them with a joint position next to other leading EPL sides Manchester City and Arsenal, who both have better goal difference – respectively +11 and +10 against +9 for “The Reds”. Thus Liverpool becomes one from the favourites for something bigger this season as there were not many people who thought Jürgen Klopp’s selection can be competitive enough to all clubs that have spent huge amount of British Pounds during summer transfer window. Nevertheless, Liverpool shows really impressive confidence and Jürgen Klopp once again proves he knows how to squeeze maximum, even more, from his players.
Crystal Palace began the new football marathon with two narrow defeats in the outset, but they were followed by three wins and a draw in next four fixtures, including a League Cup game vs Blackpool, which actually inspired their resurrection. In following five English Premier League rounds Crystal Palace have won 11 points which contains three wins and two draws, so period between end of August and September was really successful for “The Eagles”, if we exclude their League Cup elimination by Southampton.
Now Alan Pardew will have to arouse spirit of its players since Crystal Palace lost by West Ham United (0-1) and Leicester City (1-3) in last two EPL rounds, dropping them to the 11th position.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Jürgen Klopp rested his first XI from the midweek encounter where most of the players were out of the group, or they were on the bench for 90+ minutes. However, some first-team players took part in that game as Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum played for 90 minutes, which shows he completely overcame its injury. Nathaniel Clyne replaced youngster Trent Arnold in 65th minute, while Emre Can didn’t had enough time to sweat his jersey since he came on the pitch in 89th minute, replacing Marko Grujic. Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan, Lucas Leiva, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge, who scored both goals for Liverpool, were the most reputable starters in Jürgen Klopp’s midweek set-up but we expect completely different formation by the German manager on Saturday. He’ll probably name the same formation that won against WBA last weekend, but we won’t be surprised if Wijnaldum is reintroduced in the starting XI, at the expense of Klopp’s fellow compatriot Emre Can. Otherwise Daniel Sturridge hinted he’s eager for more first-team football but we don’t believe Klopp will touch the well-working trio on top, where Coutinho, Firmino and Mane show great pace, superb teamwork and they’ll unquestionably be a real threat for Crystal Palace’s defensive line.
Belgian striker Divock Origi, who sustained a cramp in the game vs Spurs, remains doubtful but as we wrote, attacking rotations are not expected anyway. Meanwhile defender Joe Gomez already trains with the first-team and he’ll close to return in contention.
Crystal Palace have been totally outplayed by Leicester City last weekend, although they had their own chances and they even returned one goal when Yohan Cabaye scored in 85th minute, as thus he formed the final 3-1 for reigning champions from Leicestershire. Alan Pardew will definitely have to work on its defense if he wants to avoid similar outcome against an in-form Liverpool and the 55-year-old boss of Crystal Palace can welcome back its captain Scott Dann. His presence must improve Crystal Palace’s back where James Tomkins and Damien Delaney were partners last four games.
Jason Puncheon still recovers from a calf injury and he remains only doubt for Alan Pardew, while Crystal palace’s boss can be sure he cannot rely to the injured trio Pape Souare, Loïc Remy and Jonathan Benteke. However, Pardew’s hopes are on eldest brother of Jonathan, Christian Benteke, who will face against his former club for the first time after his summer move at the “Selhurst Park”. Benteke will have some extra boost to show how wrong Jürgen Klopp was in his decision to get rid of him, as the Belgian striker has already scored 3 goals in 7 league games since its departure from “Anfield”. In fact Christian Benteke was the one who scored Liverpool’s late winner (from a penalty) in last fixture between both sides, which has ended Liverpool’s winless Premier League form when facing “The Glaziers” – three consecutive defeats and that memorable 3-3 draw (when Crystal Palace made comeback from 0-3).
Final conclusion and Betting Predictions
Our betting team comes with three different bets for the upcoming English Premier League encounter matching Crystal Palace and Liverpool. First of all we want to share our thoughts we can expect another high-scoring game between both sides, especially when Crystal Palace are in need for the points, while Liverpool shows brilliant form with Jürgen Klopp behind the helm this season. Under these circumstances we expect another game where both sides will score and at the same time we’ll have 3+ goals, as it happened in all last 8 meetings between Crystal Palace and Liverpool – “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“. Moreover, Crystal Palace have scored in all of their last 9 Premier League encounters vs Liverpool, meaning last time they couldn’t score was 19 years ago – in a 0-3 defeat from December 1997.
Our second suggestion is related with name of Liverpool’s winger Sadio Mane who has scored in three of all four Premier League matches against Crystal Palace. We believe he can score once again here – Anytime goalscorer: Sadio Mane.
On other hand we expect Christian Benteke to score against its former club as well, as Belgian striker can boast with four goals in five EPL appearances against Liverpool. So our third bet goes for Anytime goalscorer: Christian Benteke.
Venue: “Selhurst Park”, London.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Possible starting lineups of Crystal Palace and Liverpool
Crystal Palace: Steve Mandanda – Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, James Tomkins, Joel Ward – Joe Ledley, James McArthur – Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye, Andros Townsend – Christian Benteke. (4-2-3-1)
Liverpool: Loris Karius – Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, James Milner – Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum – Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino. (4-3-3)