In-form Liverpool can edge what looks sure to be an entertaining evening TV clash.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Saturday 17:30, BT Sport 1
Palace succumbed to their second defeat in a row against Leicester, but the performance shouldn't unduly concern Alan Pardew. His players contributed to a good game, particularly during the opening 20 minutes where they were very much on the attack. It was the first time this season that the Eagles have conceded more than twice in a game, though keeping clean sheets has not been a specialty of theirs. Palace have managed the feat only twice in their last 28 top-flight outings, conceding exactly one goal in each of their last five at home.
Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 10 matches across all competitions, winning eight of these games and failing to defeat only Spurs and Man Utd. Following the frustration of a dour stalemate against Man Utd, Klopp will have been pleased to see his side record a comfortable victory over West Brom that never really looked in doubt. Belief that Klopp can bring Liverpool the Premier League title is growing and with other sides stuttering and no European football as a distraction, confidence and momentum is starting to form. However, despite Klopp’s protestations to the contrary, Liverpool still struggle with defending, especially at set-pieces. They allowed West Brom a route back into the match last week with some sloppy marking and with the likes of Christian Benteke and Scott Dann in their ranks, Pardew will most likely follow the Pulis blueprint.
Games involving Liverpool invariably feature plenty of goals these days, with Klopp’s side having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 away matches in the Premier League, despite their good form. There have been at least three goals in five of Liverpool’s last six matches, whilst both teams have scored in nine their last 11 and also in six of Palace’s last seven. Given Crystal Palace’s slight downturn in form and Liverpool’s swagger at the moment, we’re backing Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 3.4.