Prediction & odds for the game: Crystal Palace (11/2) v Liverpool (1/2) – ST is backing the away win
When: Saturday, 19th December @ 8pm K.O
Where: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace will attempt to put a dent in Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes when the two meet at Selhurst Park this Saturday.
Crystal Palace fans tend to go back and forth quite a lot when it comes to Roy Hodgson. One week they think he’s too old fashioned and then the next they’re jubilant after a big win – and we can’t see that trend stopping any time soon. This fixture is always going to be a personal one for him after the manner in which he left Liverpool, and you can bet that he’ll want to make a real statement as the Eagles continue to push for a top half finish.
The 4-1 win over Leeds and the 5-1 win over West Brom proved that Palace are capable of blowing teams out of the water – but on the flip side, defeats to Burnley and Newcastle left many scratching their heads. They have stabilised in the last few games, however, picking up important draws against high-flyers Tottenham and West Ham.
There’s a real confidence brewing at Anfield thanks to the way that Liverpool have been able to bounce back from the string of injuries they’ve had to endure in the last few months. Things haven’t always gone perfectly for them but as we look ahead to the new year, it’s looking likely that they’re going to finish 2020 top of the table. As we edge closer and closer to key players returning, you have to wonder whether or not anyone can stop them.
Liverpool expect more than draws against Brighton, Midtjylland and Fulham, but on the flip side, when they do turn it on, they’re just on another level to the rest of the league. They edged out Ajax in the Champions League at the start of the month, they tore through Wolves a few days later, and they beat Tottenham in a vital top of the table meeting last night.
Palace are well aware of what they need to do if they want to get a positive result out of this game, and because of that, we think this is going to play out in a similar manner to the Tottenham clash. It’ll be fun to see them going at each other from an attacking standpoint, but when Liverpool come forward, it’ll be all hands on deck as the Eagles desperately try to keep them out. In the end, though, we’re backing the visitors to just about get the job done to keep their title push going strong.
Our scoreline prediction is going to be 2-0 to the Reds, ensuring that we stay in the under 2.5 goals market.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 1/2 and the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/8 (All odds are taken from bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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