Premier League pace-setters Liverpool face a trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday as Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace stand in their way.
Former Liverpool manager Hodgson will be looking to take a scalp from his former club on Saturday, having beaten Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City over the past 12 months.
However, recent weeks have seen them suffer 2-0 defeats to the rest of the teams currently comprising the Premier League’s top four - Chelsea, Leicester and Man City, though in that run of form they also managed a 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
After a strong start to the season, difficult fixtures have taken their toll on the Eagles have subsequently slipped well away from the top four, where they briefly fourth in the table back in early October.
Wilfried Zaha faces a race to be fit for this one after limping off against Chelsea two weeks ago and missing out for the Ivory Coast over the international break. But their major threat of recent years hasn’t been quite as effective this season, with no goals and just one assist so far this campaign.
This ground will evoke memories of the 3-3 draw that effectively killed Liverpool’s title challenge in 2014, dramatically letting a three-goal lead slip. But the Reds actually have a decent record against Palace in recent years and have done the double over them in each of the last two Premier League seasons.
Over the last 18 months, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been brutally clinical against sides outside the Premier League’s so called ‘big six’. They haven’t lost to one since a defeat to Swansea in January 2018, and last season they won 25 games and drew three games to sides that finished seventh or below.
They’ll come into this game supremely confident having beaten their main title challengers, the champions Man City, 3-1 two weeks ago. They’re now eight points clear at the top of the table, but a lack of clean sheets is one small question mark - they’ve kept just two in the league so far.
We recommend a Liverpool away win here, but for their defence to be breached once again. They’ve won and conceded in nine of their 12 Premier League games so far this season.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score – 2/1 with bet365
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