Preview and Prediction
The Reds finally returned to the top after weeks of waiting. This weekend would be a matter of keeping it as Spurs could take it over in no time once they slip. Mo Salah and Co will be travelling to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace, one of the tricky opponents this season, with full confidence.
The teams’ previous games
The Palace were involved again in tight clash in another London derby against West Ham United. They had an opener first as Christian Benteke but Sebastian Haller’s overhead kick denied their prospective win. They are still stuck on the twelfth in the standings.
Meanwhile, Liverpool managed to win over their contender Tottenham last Thursday. Jurgen Klopp’s men bagged an opening goal by Mo Salah. Yet, Son Heung min soon pulled his team back on the level term. The winning goal eventually came late through the bullet header of Roberto Firmino.
Roy Hodgson’s classic 4-4-2 is still solid. Yet, he would not be able to have Christian Benteke who has scored three goals in the past two games due to being suspended. Jordan Ayew is likely to occupy his post alongside Winfred Zaha. The ones who are still ruled out for the injury are Conor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey and Mamadou Sakho.
Jurgen Klopp, who has just won the FIFA Best Manager this year, will be motivated to carry on their positive trend despite the injuries of some key figures plus Sadio Mane’s goal drought, which has been his concern lately. He is still in favour of 4-3-3 formation with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi or Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain at the front while at the back, Fabinho is featuring the centre back alongside Nathaniel Phillips or Ashley Williams. Mane might be rested first. Meanwhile, the ones on the injury table are Virgil Van Dijk, Diego Jota, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Xerdan Shaqiri.
Players to watch
The absence of Benteke might regress their attack a bit but there are still Winfred Zaha who has registered seven goals and two assists so far. Some other key figures to watch are the Nigerian Eberechi Eze and the Ghanaian international Jeffrey Schlupp.
In Liverpool, Mo Salah is still deadly this season as he has netted eleven goals plus provided two assists in Premier League. The top assists provider is the Scotland international, Andrew Robertson with four assists so far.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Prediction
The Reds will face the real test of consistency here with the high number of injured players in the squad. A narrow win would be enough but will not be easy to pick up as Roy Hodsgon’s men often could stumble the top teams. A win with possibly only one goal dfference.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are still the clear favourite with the odds to win at 5/9, whereas the home side’s win market is at 29/5. The draw result is at the value of 18/5.