Preview and Prediction
The Reds are on the verge of their first Premier League title since it was renamed from The First Division in 1992. Yet, the silverware is not on their hand yet and such has been their concern. Only four points left to seal the title but it is not as easy as it seems. This midweek should be a great chance for Jordan Henderson and Co to get closer to such long awaited finish line as they are hosting Crystal Palace, the team on the mid table.
The teams’ previous matches
Liverpool began their journey to the end after the restart with a slightly unconvincing result. They were quite lucky to have a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby last weekend. If Tom Davies’s strike had not hit the post, they would have gone home in shame.
The Eagles, on the other hand, resumed their campaign with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Luka Milivojevic’s free kick marked their opener on the score sheet. Then, the Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew doubled their lead after converting Patrick Van Aarnholt’s pass into a goal.
Jurgen Klopp’s tendency in deploying 4-3-3 might still continue. Yet, there are a number of key players are on the sideline such as James Milner, Andrew Robertson, Mo Salah, Xerdan Shaqiri, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne. Such potentially forces him unable to pick his best starting IX, especially the left back. This could be the side their opponent may exploit in the game. Playing Joe Gomez on that post seems to be the only possible option left, whereas either Divock Origi or Adam Lallana will cover Mo Salah’s position on the right winger.
The former Switzerland and England boss, Roy Hodgson is likely to employ 4-5-1 for this fixture. Jordan Ayew is either opted for the lone striker or playing wide supported by Winfred Zaha and Christian Benteke. Despite losing Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins in the starting IX, Palace’s defensive tactics would surely give The Reds hard times to break the deadlock.
Players to watch
Jurgen Klopp’s key men to watch in the upcoming fixture are Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Both have scored twenty goals and fourteen assists altogether. The absence of Mo Salah might impact their form but they are still the menace in Palace’s defense. Another notable figure in Liverpool after the long injury is Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.
The Eagles rely on some key players this season like Winfred Zaha and Jordan Ayew. Each has scored three and nine goals so far. The other notable names are the captain Luka Milivojevic and the left back Patrick Van Aanholt.
Liverpool vs Palace Prediction
This match is as important as ever for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Yet, a pressure to win can be a burden for them which may eventually lead to a negative result. This is where Klopp’s experience is needed the most to keep their confidence high and the stress level low. If Liverpool are not capable of doing so, Winfred Zaha and Co will strike and stun them at the end.
As the strong favourite, the host is in the win market at 1.21, whereas Roy Hodgson’s men are only backed to win at 14.00. The odds for the draw result are at 6.50.