Palace’s search for their first win this year continues as Borini found a 90th minute equaliser at the Stadium of Light in midweek. That draw means they remain in 14th and having to look over their shoulders as they’re now just nine points clear of the relegation zone after being up in 5th following the first 18 games of the season. Liverpool, meanwhile, exacted revenge over Man City for their League Cup final defeat with an impressive 3-0 win at Anfield as they’ve now scored nine goals in their last two league games without conceding. They’ve now moved up to eighth and are just six points behind the Citizens in 4th.
After going on a run where they failed to score in five matches in a row, Palace have since found the net in their last six but they’ve worsened defensively, conceding at least twice in five of the games. Their home record this season is W4-D2-L8 including defeats in their last four at Selhurst Park, during which time they’ve conceded 10 goals. Their record when hosting top half teams this season is W1-D1-L5, with that win coming over a Southampton side that was in the midst of a run of six defeats in eight games.
Liverpool have now scored 16 goals in their last five games as they’ve been boosted by the return to fitness of Coutinho and Sturridge in recent weeks, though the latter is once again a doubt for this game having missed the visit of City. Liverpool’s away record since Klopp took over is W5-D1-L4 as they’ve beaten the likes of City and Chelsea but lost at Watford and Newcastle. Under the German, the Reds are W2-D2-L2 at home and away to sides between 11th and 17th, with their wins coming over Sunderland and Swansea, currently 16th and 17th. The wins were both by one goal to nil, but the other four games all had more than two goals.
Bolasie made his long-awaited return to the starting line-up against Sunderland and Palace fans will be glad to see him back as their record whilst he was injured was W0-D3-L7. Palace have scored 11 goals in the last five games that the Congolese started and with Liverpool seemingly scoring goals for fun at the moment, we expect this one to be an entertaining watch. Both teams have scored in Palace’s last six, whilst six of their last seven had more than two goals and four had more than three. Liverpool, meanwhile, have conceded at least twice in five of their last seven on the road, including four at Norwich a few weeks ago. As a result we’re backing Over 2.5 Goals in this one and wouldn’t put anyone off having a punt on Over 3.5 at a juicy 4.1.
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