Liverpool faces Crystal Palace on Monday night in the English Premier League. The Reds are formidable at Anfield with no home defeats since March 2021 (23 matches). The Eagles have lost their last 12 matches against The Reds in all competitions with Liverpool scoring two or more goals in ten of those tussles.
The Reds were amazing last season but fell short in the league and UEFA Champions League, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid in Paris to finish last term. They won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup on penalties after drawing 0-0 with Chelsea in both finals.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have lost just twice in 35 matches in all competitions but they had a disappointing start to this season in the league, drawing 2-2 at Fulham. Prior to that, the side beat Man City 3-1 in the Community Shield.
Liverpool Team News
Thiago Alcantara is injured in midfield for Liverpool so Harvey Elliott could come into the XI in his place. Curtis Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out and Naby Keita is doubtful.
Diogo Jota is missing in attack and Ibrahima Konate is still injured at the back. Darwin Nunez is set to replace Roberto Firmino in attack having scored from the bench at Fulham.
Liverpool can’t afford to drop more points with Man City already on six points and the Reds dropping two points at Fulham on the opening day. They will attack in this match and won’t settle for a draw at any point.
If they are not in-front in the final 20 minutes, Klopp could withdraw a midfielder for an extra attacker like Firmino and go for broke in a 4-2-3-1 setup.
Crystal Palace Form
The Eagles had a good season last time out as they finished 12th and were never in any relegation trouble. They drew a league-high 15 matches as their season was built on having the seventh-best defensive record. They only won four matches on the road all season though.
Palace ended last season in good form with one loss in their final six league matches. They run included a win at Southampton and at home to Watford. After throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Everton, they beat Man Utd 1-0 at home on the final day. This season began with a 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal. The side played well in the middle part of the match but couldn’t find an equaliser at 1-0 down.
Crystal Palace Team News
Patrick Vieira has a few injuries to contend with. Jack Butland is injured in goal and James Tomkins misses out in defence. Michael Olise missed the opening fixture against Arsenal but has trained for a full week and could make the bench. Veteran James McArthur is out with a groin problem so Eberechi Eze could start again.
Palace lost Conor Gallagher after his loan spell last season and let both Christian Benteke and Cheikhou Kouyaté depart the club. Cheick Doucouré will anchor midfield after arriving from Lens.
Crystal Palace Motivation
Palace are an adaptable side that can press and play on the front foot, or sit deeper and use counter attacks. The latter approach is expected for this game and Vieira would consider a draw to be like a victory.
If the side is trailing by a goal in the second half, expect some positive subs with extra attackers thrown on.
Liverpool have won 16 of their last 20 PL matches (D4)
The last 8 goals LFC have conceded have been the first goal in the match
Palace have lost their last 12 matches against Liverpool (all comps)
Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 14 of their last 17 home PL matches
Crystal Palace have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 10 matches against LFC (all comps)
This match has a Liverpool win written all over it but finding value is not easy. Looking at the handicap and win to nil markets looks wise.
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