Liverpool vs Crystal PalaceEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:15 Jun 24, 2020, Anfield
LIVERPOOL will be aiming to take another step towards their inevitable title coronation when they welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool juggernaut faltered at Goodison Park on Sunday evening during a drab 0-0 draw with fierce rivals Everton and that stalemate coupled Man City's thumping win on Monday night has prevented a potential midweek title-party on Merseyside.
However, it's only a matter of time before the Reds claim their first domestic league title in 30 years and a home win on Wednesday night would put the Anfield faithful on the brink of finally landing the Premier League crown that they so desperately crave.
The runaway Reds have been well-nigh flawless this term having won 27 of their 30 top-flight tussles and they go into this fixture seeking an eye-watering 23rd Premier League home win on the spin.
Standing in Liverpool's way on Wednesday night is an in-form Crystal Palace outfit who have taken maximum points from each of their last four Premier League assignments.
The Eagles have exceeded expectations this season under Roy Hodgson's astute management and the capital club picked up where they left off before the enforced break when bagging a 2-0 win away at Bournemouth on Saturday night.
Liverpool have won all 15 of their Premier League home games this season and another Anfield success is fully expected here at odds of 1/4 with Ladbrokes.
Crystal Palace were the last visiting side to win a league game at this venue and an away win on Wednesday night is a whopping 14/1 with William Hill while a draw is also deemed unlikely at 11/2 with Bet 365.
The bookmaker's prices for this match unsurprisingly suggest that this will be a one-sided affair and as such punters will have to dig deep to try and squeeze some value out of this fixture.
Having done just that, one alternative angle that I like the look of when making use of Bet 365‘s Bet Builder feature is the combination of Liverpool to win, under five match goals and for Crystal Palace to collect at least one card, all of which combined pays 5/6 (Bet 365)
Indeed, Liverpool possess one of the most formidable front-lines in world football, however, Palace are a well-schooled side and they will make the trip north having kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Premier League matches.
What's more, eight of the Eagles last 10 road trips have generated under 2.5 strikes and I fully expect Hodgson to set his side up to defend deep and in numbers in an effort to try and limit Liverpool.
However, Liverpool will more than likely breakthrough eventually – their superior quality is too good not to – and I'm attracted to the 7/5 that PaddyPower are offering for Liverpool to score, five or more Liverpool corners and two or more Crystal Palace cards.
Liverpool's failure to score on Sunday was only the second time that the Reds have not managed to make the net bulge this season and back-to-back blanks for Klopp's' star-studded side is almost unthinkable.
But don't be surprised if the hosts have to be patient when trying to find their way through a rigid Palace rearguard and I suspect Liverpool will try to use the width of their two flying full-backs to do just that, which in turn could see the Anfield side accumulate plenty of corner kicks.
I'm also happy to add a couple of Palace cards on a night where the south London side can be expected to be on the back foot for long spells and with that in mind the above-mentioned punt with PaddyPower takes appeal.
Furthermore, adding two or more Liverpool goals will boost the price up to an eye-catching 12/5 with the same firm and I'm also prepared to have a play on that given that Liverpool have notched two or more goals in 21 of their last 22 matches on home turf.
This English Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace will be played on Jun 24, 2020 and kick off at 20:15. Check below for our tipsters best Liverpool vs Crystal Palace prediction.