Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Prediction: Can Liverpool Continue Dominance Over Palace?
When: Saturday, September 18 - 10:00 AM ET
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
This week, many Premier League teams kicked off their European campaign (Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man City in Champions League; West Ham and Leicester in Europa League; Tottenham in Conference League). Please check the starting lineups before placing your bets.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Preview
Strong Season for Liverpool
Liverpool is the joint leader in the English top-flight league with 10 points earned in four rounds, and they have the joint best defense with just 1 goal conceded in the process. They are unbeaten this season, winning 4 in 5 games across all competitions.
They enter this game with two consecutive wins: 3-0 against Leeds in the Premier League and 3-2 against AC Milan in the Champions League. They started very strong against the Serie A giants opening the scoreboard with an own goal by AC Milan's Tomori. Mo Salah missed a penalty a few minutes later, after 17 consecutive penalties transformed into goals. They had 14 goal attempts and 6 shots on target in the first 20 minutes of the game, and we all thought they would destroy AC Milan.
They conceded 2 goals in the last minutes of the 1st half, with both coming from space in behind Alexander-Arnold. However, they bounced back in the 2nd half, winning the game 3-2 and kicking off their UCL campaign on the right foot. It was strange to see Origi taking Mane's place and Joe Gomez starting his first competitive match after the injury.
Virgil van Dijk was left on the bench for the 1st time this season, and defensive uncertainty was the result of that move, with the Reds conceding 2 goals in 3 minutes. This is a reminder of how crucial van Dijk is for this team. He will surely start on Saturday against Crystal Palace and make it very hard for the Eagles to find the back of the net.
Predicted XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
First Win In 4 Games For Crystal Palace
Odsonne Edouard scored twice on his debut as Crystal Palace beat 10-man Tottenham, ending their 3-game winning streak. So the question is: Were Crystal Palace that good or Tottenham that bad? The second option makes more sense. Tottenham played a dull football with little possession and no shots. Crystal Palace took advantage of that, played their chance, and won the match.
Wilfried Zaha won the fans' Man of the Match vote scoring a goal from the spot, the 500th goal for the Eagles in their EPL history. The aggressivity and high pressure make Crystal Palace look dominant from the first minute, so the victory was well deserved.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Prediction
Liverpool's record against Crystal Palace is outstanding. They won the last eight Premier League head-to-heads, covering the -1.5 Asian Handicap and leading from half-time on four occasions (including the previous three mutual encounters).
Liverpool's eagerness and attacking firepower are unreal. Sometimes you feel like they can score at any given moment if they want that. They kept three consecutive clean sheets against Crystal Palace, and they will probably do it again. We will skip this market because winning to nil is a dangerous market (if you are not Chelsea).
The Reds are playing at home in front of their fans, and they have two easy opponents before playing Manchester City, so every win counts. However, before round 7 they should still be leading the standings with 16 points after beating Crystal Palace and Brentford. So what's the best bet?
Once again, we expect a strong start from Klopp and Co. They should be able to solve the game from half-time and maintain the lead till the end. We also expect the hosts to score in both halves, so we have three great value bets for this clash. Sadio Mane played just 28 minutes against AC Milan. He's rested, fully fit, and ready to deliver.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Picks
- Liverpool to win half-time/full-time (-139)
- Liverpool to score in both halves (-137)
- Sadio Mane Anytime goalscorer (+125)