Liverpool VS Crystal Palace Prediction
Seventeen years later one era is close to her end, when in Saturday evening “Anfield” will welcome the teams of Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who on first look are just playing the rest of current season, but this game will mark the last match of the captain Steven Gerrard at “Anfield”. At least for now. 29 November 1998 was the date, when Gerrard made his official debut for his entire life club, when Gerrard came as a substitution in the last minutes, replacing the Norwegian right back Vegard Heggem. Around 17 years later Steven Gerrard will make his farewell with the club from Merseyside, as the legendary captain will join the MLS LA Galaxy after the end of the Premier League season. Anyway, why we mentioned the sentence “at least for now”? Well, the answer is simple. It’s too early for such a predictions but we already saw that players, who are transferred from the EPL to the MLS are returning in the Premier League clubs for some period, mainly when is the break of the Major League Soccer (Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard are great examples – living legends for their clubs), so on practice we can’t exclude the scenario Steven Gerrard to spend some period at “Anfield” again, but for now his future shows North America and more specifically the city of Los Angeles, where Gerrard will be another legendary name to feature “Los Galácticos” roster, as he will be teammate of another former Liverpool player – the Irish striker Robbie Keane.
However, lets return to the upcoming Round 37 of the EPL, where “The Reds” from Merseyside will close the English football schedule in Saturday and the clash against “Glaziers” will be their last home game in season 2014-2015. After the 1:1 draw vs Chelsea last weekend, Liverpool remains on fifth position and it’s crystal clear that Liverpool will take part in UEFA Europa League next season, since the club from Merseyside is with 4 points over the 6th placed Tottenham and with 6 points behind the fourth placed Manchester United. The missed opportunities in the different Cup competitions, such as the League Cup, FA Cup and the two UEFA competitions surely add some disappointment in the current Liverpool season, which was expected to be quite better after the Champions League return and the title ambition from the last year. However, it seems that Luis Suarez transfer and the inconsistency in Daniel Sturridge’s form, after the various injuries during the season, were main reasons for the weak efforts of “The Reds”, so we’re sure that Brendan Rodgers will require some changes for the next seasons, especially when it was announced that Sturridge is injured once again, and he will be out until October.
Crystal Palcae will travel for Merseyside after four successive defeats, in which “The Eagles” have scored only once – in the last round 1:2 defeat against “The Red Devils”, when a successfully executed free kick by Jason Puncheon marked the “Glazier’s” only goal in the last four rounds. Now Alan Pardew’s men are on 12th position with 42 points and they can’t be worried about their Premier League future, at least in the remaining two rounds of season 2014-2015.
Betting offer and prediction for the EPL clash between Liverpool and Crystal Palace 16.05.2015 – Steven Gerrard’s last appearance at “Anfield” with the red shirt, for now.
As we mentioned the main moment here is Steven Gerrard’s last home match as Liverpool have trip to Stoke next weekend, so we’re sure that Brendan Rodgers will feature the captain in his last opportunity to show up in home. In this case we believe that the odds for Steven Gerrard as an anytime goalscorer must be taken and our partners from William Hill are offering great price – ratio 2.50 (or also 6/4) can be taken, since Gerrard’s motivation in this game should be considered. We also should mention the fact that despite the disappointing season, Steven Gerrard remains Liverpool’s top scorer in the league as he has 8 goals so far, and he scored 2 from the 3 Liverpool goals in the last 2 rounds as well. Reliable bet for sure. We can’t miss the opportunity to place our bet here as we are sure that every possible free kick or a penalty will be a great opportunity for Gerrard to score perhaps his last Anfield goal.
Possible starting lineups:
Liverpool: Mignolet – Can, Lovren, Skrtel, Johnson – Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard – Lallana, Sterling, Coutinho. (4-3-3)
Injured: Jon Flanagan, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge.
Crystal Palace: Speroni – Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward – Puncheon, Jedinak, McArthur – Zaha, Bolasie, Murray. (4-3-3)
Injured: Jonathan Williams.