Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Prediction: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Verdict: Liverpool to score in both halves & Mohamed Salah to score anytime

Best Odds: 11/8

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to extend on their early-season flurry this weekend, Liverpool will welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool

Starting with the hosts, involved in what turned out to be a real Champions League thriller in midweek, Jurgen Klopp was quick to praise his side’s resolve at Anfield. Despite shockingly falling 2-1 down against AC Milan on home soil, the now-former Premier League champions managed to land an action-packed 3-2 victory on Merseyside. Opening their European adventure with three valuable points, the Reds have continued to impress many across England since opening the 2021/22 campaign. Only just about managing to scrape a top-four finish on the final weekend over the summer, the one-time Borrusia Dortmund boss should find the mood in his camp at a real high. Last seen on Premier League duties landing a thumping 3-0 win away at Leeds, Klopp’s men have collected 10 points from their opening four top-flight matchups. Looking to lay down another marker on Saturday, Liverpool will be calling on Mohamed Salah to spearhead their charge. Eventually finding the net against Milan on Wednesday, the Egyptian ace has already racked up four goals in his five contests across all formats so far this season.

Team News

Suffering that horror ankle injury against Leeds last weekend, Havey Elliot underwent surgery in midweek and faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

Having to settle for a place on the bench for Wednesday’s 3-2 win against AC Milan, the duo of Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane are expected for a recall on Saturday afternoon.

Crystal Palace

As for the visitors, after opening the 2021/22 campaign with a 3-0 drumming away at European champions Chelsea last month, many were wondering how Crystal Palace would find their feet under new boss Patrick Vieira. However, despite crashing out of the League Cup at the hands of a heavily altered Watford on August 24th, the Eagles should certainly be flying high after a stellar display last weekend. Managing to find a way to build off of their 2-2 draw away at West Ham when heading into the international break, the former Arsenal skipper saw his side blow away Spurs thanks to a stunning 3-0 romp at Selhurst Park. However, while the likes of Chelsea loanee Conor Callagher might be gaining a string of plaudits, it should be noted that Palace do hold a dreadful record against this weekend’s opponents. Including a 2-0 defeat when the two sides last faced off back in May, Vieira’s new squad have lost each of their last nine straight meetings against Liverpool, a run that stems all the way back to 2017.

Team News

Bagging himself a quickfire brace when coming off the bench against Tottenham last weekend on his Crystal Palace debut, summer arrival Odsonne Edouard could be handed a first Premier League start.

Despite skipper Luka Milivojević coming off the bench against Spurs, Patrick Vieira should not really alter from last weekend’s 3-0 win.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in May, Liverpool picked up a 2-0 victory at Anfield.
    • Likewise, the former Premier League champions have won each of their last nine straight meetings against Crystal Palace.
    • Including a goal in midweek, Mohamed Salah has scored four goals in his five matchups across all formats so far this season.
    • Three of Crystal Palace’s four Premier League matchups have finished with over 2.5 goals.
    • Continuing on from last season, Liverpool have scored over 1.5 goals in eight of their last nine Premier League matchups.

    Conclusion

    While Crystal Palace might have stormed their way to that 3-0 romp against a sluggish Tottenham last weekend, the Eagles will know that they face a stern test at Anfield here. With the former Premier League champions likely to still be flying high after that action-packed turnaround 3-2 win against AC Milan on Wednesday night, Jurgen Klopp’s men are enjoying a real purple patch. With attacking talisman Mohamed Salah enjoying his own free-scoring start to the 2021/22 campaign, the Reds are yet to taste defeat across any format so far this season. Holding what is a stellar record against this weekend’s opponents and remarkably winning each of their last nine straight meetings against Patrick Vieira’s new-look side, we’re backing Liverpool to extend on their early-season flurry on Saturday afternoon.

    Verdict: Liverpool to score in both halves & Mohamed Salah to score anytime

    Best Odds: 11/8

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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