Liverpool vs Crystal Palace - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Liverpool is edging closer to its first title of the Premier League era
- Palace has surprised the Reds in the past but is unlikely to do so here
- Liverpool should return to winning ways but will have to remain patient against an excellent defense
|What||Liverpool vs Crystal Palace|
|Where||Anfield, Liverpool, England|
|When||Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 3.15 PM EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports|
In the end, Liverpool’s return to Premier League action was a damp squib. Had Manchester City lost to Arsenal on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp’s side would have been able to seal the title at the home of Everton, its local rival, in its first game back. As it was, City emerged victorious by a three-goal margin and Liverpool was held to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.
It was hardly a vintage performance from the Reds, even if a little rustiness is understandable given the three-month hiatus. Liverpool was also without Mohamed Salah, its top scorer this term, and Andrew Robertson, whose dynamism down the left-flank was sorely missed. The champion-elect could even have fallen to defeat had Tom Davies found the net rather than the post in the closing stages.
Liverpool’s wait for its first championship crown, therefore, goes on. Provided Manchester City beats Burnley on Monday, it will not be able to wrap up the title against Crystal Palace on Wednesday. It can, however, move to within touching distance of the prize by inflicting defeat on its former manager Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson failed at Anfield back in 2010/11 but he has done a tremendous job at Selhurst Park this season. Crystal Palace is a tough nut to crack, as evidenced by its four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League. Liverpool should not expect a straightforward assignment on Wednesday.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Odds
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Liverpool has enjoyed a brilliant season but it was stuttering a little before the pause in play, losing four of its final six encounters prior to the break. It was not entirely convincing in a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth during that stretch either.
It was always going to be difficult for Klopp’s team to return with a bang against Everton, and Palace will look to similarly frustrate the league leader here. Liverpool should find a way through but this is unlikely to be a high-scoring affair.
Liverpool was not up to full speed in Sunday’s Merseyside derby
Liverpool enjoyed the bulk of possession at Goodison Park in what was the final encounter of the Premier League weekend. Yet it was not at its incisive best against Everton, recording an xG of just 0.66 – which was only 0.04 more higher than its opponent, which looked the most likely to score in the final 10 minutes.
It is entirely possible that Liverpool will not blow teams away in the manner it did in the first half of 2019/20 again this season. And that is not really a problem, such is the extraordinary lead it has opened up at the top of the table after 30 matches.
The probable return to the starting XI of Salah will provide a boost on Wednesday. Liverpool missed his darting runs and quality on the ball against a well-manned Everton backline. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a provider of thrust and third-man runs from midfield, could also be included in Klopp’s line-up.
Crystal Palace, Outsiders for Europe, Could Frustrate the Host
A Liverpool side attempting to rediscover its attacking potency will not be facing an accommodating opponent at Anfield. Palace was excellent in its 2-0 triumph over Bournemouth on Saturday, a result which made it four wins and four clean sheets in a row for the south London outfit.
Some Palace supporters were genuinely concerned about their team being relegated this term. Instead, Hodgson’s side are potentially just four points short of a Champions League spot – the fifth-place finisher will qualify for the tournament if Manchester City’s two-season ban from European competition is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Palace has a good record at Anfield in recent years and has won on three of its last five visits to the stadium. Its two defeats in that time were by a solitary goal, and Klopp will be well aware of the Eagles’ pedigree in this fixture.
Liverpool Must Remain Patient Against Well-Organised Opponent
Palace has one of the Premier League’s best defensive records this season. Only four teams – Liverpool, Manchester City, Sheffield United, and Burnley – have kept more clean sheets, and just five sides have conceded fewer goals. Palace gave a fine demonstration of its defensive resolve against Bournemouth on Sunday, with Eddie Howe’s side recording an xG rate of just 0.36.
Liverpool fans should not expect a goal-fest here, then, and Klopp’s side will have to keep its composure if it does not draw first blood early on. Perhaps it will actually be easier for it to do so without supporters in the stadium; were Anfield at full capacity, the fans’ nervousness could transmit to the players on the pitch.
Liverpool should have enough to collect all three points on Wednesday, but Palace is likely to succeed in keeping the score down.
Take the Under option here – Palace will make life difficult for Liverpool and could restrict them to only one or two goals.