By David Goulbourn
When: 11:30AM EST, Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Betting Line: OFF
TV Coverage: NBCSN, NBC Sports App
Liverpool (19-9-5) welcome Crystal Palace (10-5-17) to Anfield on Sunday in a huge Premier League clash with ramifications at both ends of the table. The last time these 2 sides met was in October when Liverpool ran out 4-2 winners in a hugely entertaining clash at Selhurst Park. James McArthur twice equalized for Crystal Palace after Emre Can and Dejan Lovren had given Liverpool the lead before goals from Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino eventually won the tie for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool come into this game sitting in 3rd place in the Premier League and currently occupy one of the all-important automatic Champions League qualification spots. With Manchester City and Arsenal in FA Cup action this weekend, Liverpool will be looking to open up a 5-point gap on the teams below them. Klopp’s side will have played more games than all of the teams around them, but at this stage of the season, managers would probably take points on the board rather than games in hand. Crystal Palace currently sit 15th in the table and are 7 points clear of the relegation places with 6 games to play. Manager Sam Allardyce will be keen to keep up the club’s recent form and look to finish as high up the table. A top half finish is not beyond Crystal Palace as they sit 5 points behind Watford in 10th place and have a game in hand over a lot of teams above them.
Crystal Palace come into this game on a good run of form having won 6 of their last 10 games, this run has seen them move clear of the relegation zone and ease any fears they had of dropping out of the division. Last time out they drew 2-2 with Leicester City as Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke got the goals for Crystal Palace after Leicester City had raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy. Crystal Palace will be without Liverpool loanee Mamadou Sakho due to a clause in his contract and he will join fellow centre-backs Scott Dann and James Tomkins on the sidelines for the game. Sam Allardyce will be looking to former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to strike against his old side and improve upon his tally of 12 goals for the season.
Liverpool come into this game in solid form with 3 wins and 2 draws from their last 5 games. Last time out they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a hard-fought encounter that was decided by a solitary goal from Roberto Firmino. Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted with the nature of the victory as Liverpool have struggled to win the ugly games this season and he will be hoping that his side have turned a corner after recent victories over West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City. Sadio Mane was named in the PFA Team of the Season this week but will miss the rest of the season through injury. Captain Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Ragnar Klavan and Danny Ings are all also expected to miss Sunday’s clash as well.
1. Liverpool have lost just 1 game at Anfield all season and have scored 41 goals in 16 games.
2. Crystal Palace have taken more points away from home than at Selhurst Park this season (18 vs 17).
3. Liverpool are the top scorers in the Premier League with 69 goals scored.
Liverpool look strong at the moment and I expect them to continue that good form here on Sunday against a resurgent Crystal Palace.
Liverpool 2 – Crystal Palace 1
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