Match Betting (1x2)

It’s hard to knock Liverpool so far this season who are 31.5% of the way towards landing a first English championship title since 1990. The Reds have an eight-point cushion over Chelsea and Leicester City, while they are a further point ahead of Manchester City who were recently beaten at Anfield in controversial fashion.

Naturally, one of the buzzwords will now be complacency and Jurgen Klopp will be determined to ensure that his team don’t rest on their laurels as they prepare for the busiest part of the season.

Liverpool are bigger favourites to win this clash at Selhurst Park than Manchester City are at home to Chelsea, with Unibet going 2/5 about a Reds side who have won five of their six matches on the road.

The visitors have won at places like Sheffield United, Chelsea and Burnley, although they were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and they had to scramble a late equaliser in that game to land a point against Manchester United.

Crystal Palace will aim to throw a spanner in the works and Roy Hodgson’s side can often put up a decent show against the leading teams, having won at Manchester City last season and played their part in a pulsating 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

Hodgson was briefly manager of Liverpool and his Palace side are 15/2 with Ladbrokes to become the first team to inflict defeat on the Reds this season, with Wilfried Zaha sure to be a thorn in the side of the fallible Trent Alexander-Arnold.

A draw would represent a decent outcome for the home side and they will hope to keep things tight in the initial stages of the game, with William Hill going 4/1 and it’s not as though Liverpool have been blowing teams out of the water when they’ve taken to the road.

Asian Handicap

If you feel as though Crystal Palace can outperform their odds and put up a decent show against a Liverpool side who have often squeezed home for victory, then you can get 11/8 about the Eagles with a +1 goal start and that means money back if they lose by a single goal.

Perhaps they can catch their opponents cold directly after the international break and there’s certainly some merit in backing Palace +1.5 at 4/5 which means that you would actually profit if Liverpool only won by a single goal.

Considering that the Reds have edged past teams like Southampton and Sheffield United on the road, this doesn’t seem like a bad bet although there’s always the danger that Klopp’s side can win by a handsome margin.

Liverpool -1 are an 8/13 chance which means money back if the visitors win by a single goal and a profit if they enjoy a more comfortable margin of victory. Alternatively, Liverpool -1.5 makes some appeal at 57/50 for those that want to swerve the 1x2 odds in favour of a juicier price.

First Goalscorer

Mohamed Salah appeared to have his foot in a protective cast during his international fortnight with Egypt and it’s possible that the forward might not recover from injury in time to make an appearance in this clash.

This could open the door for Divock Origi to start the game and he’s 8/1 to score the opening goal, although Sadio Mane will be the subject of most 1G bets, with the Senegal star currently scoring in every match and he’s a 4/1 poke.

Strangely, Wilfried Zaha hasn’t yet managed to find the net but perhaps he’ll strike against the best possible opposition and the Ivory Coast international is a 9/1 chance to find the net.

Over / Under Goals

Many punters will be swerving some of the team-related markets and instead thinking about a goals bet, with Liverpool games renowned for the ball hitting the back of the net on several occasions.

William Hill go 6/10 about Over 2.5 Goals and that’s always a line that Liverpool can cover singlehandedly although it’s been noticeable in recent games that Palace have struggled to find the net.

One should also note that the visitors have a crunch Champions League game against Napoli just a few days after this encounter and it might therefore pay to consider Under 2.5 Goals which is trading at 11/8.


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