How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Liverpool 8/11, Draw 29/10, Crystal Palace 21/5 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Daniel Sturridge (LIV) 5/1, Divock Origi (LIV) 5/1, Roberto Firmino (LIV) 11/2 - Paddy Power
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 7/1, Liverpool 1-0 15/2, Liverpool 2-1 8/1 - Bet365
- Crystal Palace looked to have improved following a poor start to the season that saw manager Alan Pardew emerge as an early favourite for the sack. One point from their opening three games was soon built upon thanks to three straight wins over some of the division’s early strugglers. However, the joy has started to fade once again as the Eagles aim to avoid a winless October following defeats to West Ham and Premier League champions Leicester City.
- Liverpool have made a fantastic start in Jurgen Klopp’s first full season at the club and are riding high after nine wins from their opening 12 games. A freak defeat to Burnley aside, the Reds have been mightily impressive, both on the road and in front of their home fans, racking up 30 goals in the process. Recent victories over West Brom and Tottenham have shown that the Merseyside club are capable of holding on to a lead and seeing out a game, a sign that things have definitely improved under the tutelage of the charismatic Klopp.
Crystal Palace have proved something of a bogey team for Liverpool in recent seasons. The Eagles dealt a devastating blow to their opponent's title hopes in 2014 when they stormed back from 3-0 down to grab an unlikely draw and all but hand the Premier League trophy to Manchester City. Since then, Pardew’s men have excelled against their Merseyside counterparts, winning three of the last four league meetings between the two sides. The bookmakers may not favour the home team in this fixture, but don’t be surprised if Palace are able to take at least a point from their high-flying visitors. A draw is priced at 14/5 with William Hill, while those looking for slightly better odds should consider backing a 1-1 scoreline - 15/2 with BetVictor.
Liverpool could end Saturday night on top of the Premier League table, should other results go their way. The Reds have looked a little less fragile at the back in recent games, but still struggle when it comes to defending set pieces, as was the case when West Brom visited Anfield last Saturday. In order to challenge for top spot come May, Klopp’s men will have to plug the leaks at the back and a clean sheet in this game is available at 6/4 with Bet365, while a complete shutout and a win for the away side is priced at 21/10 with BetVictor. However, no side has prevented the other from scoring in this fixture since 2005, meaning that a bet on Liverpool to win and both teams to score could be a more sensible option.
This game will see Christian Benteke come face-to-face with his former club for the first time. The Belgian striker spent one mediocre season with the Anfield club after being signed by Brendan Rodgers for £32 million, before being deemed surplus to requirements by Jurgen Klopp. The 25-year-old, who netted nine times in 29 appearances for the Reds, was sent packing to the capital in the summer and has already adapted to well to life at Selhurst Park. Sky Bet have the striker priced at 13/2 to break the deadlock, while odds of 2/1 are being offered by the same bookmaker on the former Merseyside benchwarmer netting any time.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score - 12/5 with Betfred
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.