Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

, KO: 12:30 Dec 9, 2023, Selhurst Park
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LIVERPOOL'S Premier League title push continues to gather pace and they head into this lunchtime clash with Crystal Palace knowing a win would send them to the summit for a few hours at least.

Having finished outside the top four last term, most people doubted if the Reds would be challengers this season after Jurgen Klopp completely revamped his midfield in the summer.

But Liverpool have only lost once in the Premier League all season and even that defeat was hugely controversial as they lost 2-1 at Spurs with nine men after VAR had wrongly ruled out a goal for Klopp's side.

They weren't at their best in midweek away to Sheffield United but still managed to grind out a 2-0 win to stay two points behind Premier League pace-setters Arsenal as another bet landed for our man Slips Tips.

Liverpool are on the road again and will fancy their chances against a Crystal Palace side in wretched form, with just one win in their last eight games.

Roy Hodgson rightly received praise for transforming the Eagles last season when he replaced Patrick Vieira, with Crystal Palace soaring clear of relegation trouble while playing some exciting football.

They then started the new campaign well, with just one defeat in five in all competitions. but the wheels have since come off and Palace now sit 14th after losing to struggling sides Everton, Luton and Bournemouth.

That midweek defeat to the Cherries at Selhurst Park busted the coupon of our man Gabriel and Hodgson's side could be dragged into the drop fight as they head into a tough run of fixtures that sees them face Liverpool, Manchester City and rivals Brighton.

How the bookies view it

Crystal Palace are rank outsiders after their slump but their price of 5/1 at Betfair seems overpriced as any team shouldn't be so big for a home game in the Premier League. Liverpool's best price is just 4/7 at Midnite while the draw pays 18/5 at BetMGM.

Recent head to head

This fixture has brought only misery for Crystal Palace in recent seasons and they haven't won in the last 12 meetings, with that run including a 7-0 battering at Selhurst Park three years ago. But the Eagles can take some heart from the fact both matches ended in draws last term, with a 1-1 stalemate at Anfield followed by a goalless snoozefest in London.

Players to watch

Michael Olise's return from injury has been one of the few positives for Crystal Palace in recent weeks and the winger will fancy his chances in this fixture, with Liverpool still  defensively weak at full-back. He looks overpriced at 13/2 with Unibet for anytime scorer while Bet365 have him at 5/1 for an assist.

Darwin Nunez started on the bench for Liverpool in midweek but should return to the lead the line here. The Uruguayan has gone four games without scoring so could be due a goal here and that pays 6/4 at Bet365.

Anything else catch the eye?

Liverpool's midweek clean sheet at Bramall Lane was their first away from home all season so it bodes well for goals, even with Crystal Palace struggling. Both teams to score is just 3/4 at Bet365 though and you need to go to over 3.5 goals to get above evens at 13/8 with the same firm.

Betting on offsides for the opposition is usually a good policy with Liverpool games as they play with a high defensive line. SkyBet are offering evens on over 1.5 Crystal Palace offsides here and that looks great value while the same firm price over 3.5 match offsides at the same odds.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was the Liverpool hero last weekend against Fulham and is always a threat with set-pieces and his long-range shooting. The full-back is 43/20 at Unibet just to have a shot on target here and that looks well worth a punt.

Neither team has picking up a lot of cards recently so it could pay to bet against a busy night for the ref, with under 3.5 cards paying 5/4 at Unibet.

This match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool will be played on Dec 9, 2023 and kick off at 12:30. Check below for our tipsters best Crystal Palace vs Liverpool prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions
Michael Olise assist
5/1
Bet365
Trent Alexander Arnold over 0.5 shots on target
43/20
UniBet
Under 3.5 cards
5/4
UniBet
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