Premier League betting: Bet on Goals when Crystal Palace and Liverpool clash at Selhurst ParkPublished March 5, 2016
Crystal Palace have been in free fall of late and a return of just four points from a possible 33 has left them a little too close to the drop-zone for comfort.
The Eagles have at least rediscovered their scoring touch in the last couple of games, having gone down 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion before drawing 2-2 at Sunderland. Well, to be more precise, Connor Wickham has rediscovered his scoring touch, having scored all four of those goals over the past week. It’s probably no coincidence that Yannick Bolasie’s return to fitness has resulted in Palace becoming more of an attacking threat again.
Liverpool’s first loss of the Jurgen Klopp era was a 2-1 defeat to Palace at Anfield back in November, a game that was sandwiched between excellent victories away to Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Merseysiders bounced back from their penalty shoot-out heartache against Manchester City last Sunday to convincingly beat the same opposition 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday night to exact some revenge. In doing so they also moved to within six-points of Man.City and rekindled hopes of a top-four finish. In a Premier League season that has frequently defied logic, it’s impossible to rule anything out.
That win against Manchester City was only the third at Anfield under Klopp in the Premier League. They have generally reserved their best performances for when they’ve been on the road and that’s not great news for a Palace team that has lost eight of 14 Premier League matches at Selhurst Park, including the last four.
It’s already been a busy 2016 for Liverpool and it’s difficult to believe that they won’t be distracted by the small matter of their Europa League 1st leg tie at home to Manchester United on Thursday.
Although they’ve not won a Premier League match since before Christmas, Crystal Palace have seen off Premier League opposition on three occasions during that run en route to an FA Cup quarter-final tie away to Reading next week.
The Eagles still hold a handy nine-point cushion over the bottom three and should be able to add a further win and a couple of draws to just about see them to safety. They might have to wait for that elusive victory a little longer though.
Despite their poor form, Palace have scored in each of their last eight league and cup matches. Add into the mix that since Palace returned to the top-flight in 2013, these teams have met six times (five times in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup) and every game has had three goals or more. It could be more of the same here.