Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Reds to clinch top-four finish

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Reds to clinch top-four finish

Kick-off: 1600, 23/05/2021

Stadium: Anfield

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

It will be a major surprise if Liverpool do not brush aside Crystal Palace, having clawed their way into a Premier League top-four place.

The Reds have won seven straight head-to-head encounters with the Eagles, including December’s magnificent 7-0 triumph at Selhurst Park.

Roberto Firmino bagged a brace in that contest and has made a timely return to form with three goals in as many games.

Let’s go with 12/5 for the Brazil ace to strike in a home win for our first Liverpool vs Crystal Palace prediction.

A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds

Liverpool are unbeaten in nine league matches and made it four consecutive victories when powering to a 3-0 win at Burnley on Wednesday.

Firmino, Nathaniel Phillips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were on target at Turf Moor, where they had 20 attempts on goal.

The Reds dropped as low as eighth in early March but have taken 23 points from the last 27 available to close in on Champions League qualification.

“Of course, we feed off pressure,” defender Andy Robertson told Sky Sports. “It’s a massive club and fans demand results.

“We have given ourselves a chance when a lot of people had written us off. We have hit form at the right time.

“Sunday is a final effectively for us, Leicester and Chelsea. We need to make sure our performance is of the highest level.”

One key period for Jurgen Klopp’s side of late has been the final third of the first half, scoring in each of their last four games during that timeframe.

Looking at the Liverpool vs Crystal Palace odds, that makes 7/5 for the Reds to outscore the Eagles between 30:01 and the interval catch the eye.

Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Williams, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Crystal Palace have been in fair form themselves of late, beating Sheffield United and Aston Villa this month.

The Eagles looked on course to take a point off Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, only to concede twice in stoppage time to go down 3-1.

Centre-back James Tomkins made his first start since January and was disappointed to end up empty handed.

He said: “It was a good performance. We showed good battle in the second half and the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. Their second goal was in the 91st minute.

“We took the game right to them up until that moment and that knocked the stuffing out of us when they went 2-1 up but we gave them a good game second half.”

Two former Liverpool employees could be the main danger to their old club this weekend.

Ex-Anfield boss Roy Hodgson will bow out as Palace manager while striker Christian Benteke, who once cost the Merseyside outfit £32.5million, has scored in his last four appearances.

However, despite their presence adding a bit of extra spice to the occasion, this should be a routine triumph for the Reds.

Let’s finish off our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace betting tips by taking 13/2 for a 3-0 home win.

Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Mitchell, Kouyate, Townsend, Schlupp, McCarthy, Zaha, Benteke.

Additional stats

Last result:

Burnley 0-3 LIVERPOOL – Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Phillips, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-3 Arsenal – Christian Benteke

Head-to-head: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

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