Liverpool v Crystal Palace Betting Preview – 23/04/17
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Betting Preview
In our Liverpool v Crystal Palace betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.
Jurgen Klopp will be rallying his players for another massive three points on Sunday, as they welcome Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace to Anfield. Liverpool are third with six points keeping them in the top four, inspired massively by certain key players in the squad who have pushed the side to some exciting form in recent weeks. Although the title was the original aim, a top four finish will be massively celebrated by Reds fans, so that is their number one priority as Manchester City and Manchester United follow closely behind. Crystal Palace have finally settled into the style of play set by Sam Allaryce since his arrival, shining in their last two performances, making themselves look like a deadly side to face. These two sides last faced on Halloween, where Liverpool won by a convincing four goals to two.
Newfound ability to beat lesser teams has empowered Klopp’s Liverpool
The first full season for Jurgen Klopp has been far from an easy road, starting as title contenders before a damaging slump around the Christmas period made a top four finish into their best possible outcome. Although he’s proven himself to be tactically solid when taking on the top sides in the league, taking points from Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, it’s been a tougher ask against the lesser sides, losing to Swansea City, Hull City, Bournemouth, Burnley and Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. That all appears to have changed though, as their last two games away to both Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion would usually see them fail to capitalise but instead, they’ve taken three points in both fixtures.
Although managing to defeat West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City doesn’t sound all that impressive in theory, the fact that Liverpool have struggled against lesser sides in past seasons makes the six points in two weeks an incredible landmark for the German manager, who could possess the ability to finally alter their hoodoo against teams outside the top four. The Reds’ remaining five games are all against teams below eighth in the table, so if they can continue their solid run of form, a top four finish is pretty much assured. Manchester City are behind by two points with a game in hand and Manchester United are six points behind with two games in hand, meaning that the fate of their resulting place lies in Jurgen Klopp’s hands at this stage in the season. They will be without Sadio Mane for the rest of the season, while Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remain out of the side through injury, but Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have pulled through for the side, achieving six goals and four assists in their last six games
Coming in at the end of December, Allardyce’s tactics are finally working
After making it to the FA Cup final at the end of last season, the current campaign has been a disappointing one for all involved at Crystal Palace. They started off with Alan Pardew, who was relieved of his duties in December when four wins and three draws from seventeen games had them stuck at seventeenth in the table. Former Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce came in to save the day but didn’t find things quite so easy at first, winning just twice in his first nine games at the helm. The start of March saw his players finally looking accustomed to his footballing philosophy, winning four and drawing one in the six games played since the start of last month, with victories away at Chelsea and at home to Arsenal coming as certain highlights.
With The Eagles flying under Allardyce, it’s an exciting time at Selhurst Park, as their squad boasts plenty of talented figures. Christian Benteke was signing from Liverpool in the summer for a hefty fee, where he’s gone on to score twelve goals and two assists this season. They also have Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend all pulling the strings behind him, making them a far more threatening side now they’ve found stronger form. Especially with their shock victories over Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks, which saw them beat both sides in a convincingly strong style, Jurgen Klopp will have to be on high alert, as it’s another big test in his ability to push Liverpool to a finish in the top four.
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Liverpool to win and both teams to score (Best priced at 11/5 on BetWay) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 10/13 on 188Bet) – BET HERE
Roberto Firmino to score anytime (Best priced at 7/5 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE
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