Liverpool will book a spot in next season’s Champions League with a win at home against Palace here, and that is perhaps the most significant subplot from this clash.
Premier League 2020/2021
Liverpool moved back into the top four for the first time since early February after Leicester lost to Chelsea and they defeated Burnley.
The result against The Clarets stretched their unbeaten run in the league to nine, and after slipping as lowly as the eighth place, they have acquired 23 points out of a possible 27 recently to put their fate for a Champions League spot in their own hands.
Thus, a win would secure a top-four spot for Liverpool, unless Leicester City manage to beat Tottenham Hotspur by a ridiculous margin, and they could even finish top three if Chelsea lose to Aston Villa.
Crystal Palace on their part, put up a decent fight last time out against Arsenal but two stoppage time goals consigned them to a 3-1 defeat. This will be Roy Hodgson’s final game in charge of Crystal Palace before stepping down and it comes against one of his former sides.
Whilst his team has nothing to play for in terms of league standings, his players would be fired up to hand him a befitting farewell in his final game as a football manager.
Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ozan Kabak, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita all remain out with injuries.
Diogo Jota is likely to return for this game.
Mamadou Sahko, Eberechi Eze & James McArthur are rated doubtful for the Eagles.
Luka Milivojevic missed the game against Arsenal due to personal reasons and is still unlikely to return for the trip to Anfield.
Liverpool’s last five PL games: DWWWW
Crystal Palace’s last five PL games:LWLWL
Liverpool have won their last eight games against Crystal Palace in all competitions.
Crystal Palace have conceded at least twice in six of their last seven Premier League matches.
Crystal Palace lost 7-0 to Liverpool in the last meeting against Liverpool and have conceded four goals in each of their last two visits to Anfield. Crystal Palace have nothing to play for, and are up against a side trying to secure a place in next season’s Champions League. For a value tip, back Liverpool to win 3-0 at 7/1.
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