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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace will be Roy Hodgson’s last game as Crystal Palace boss before he retires.

Through the match kicking off at Anfield, Liverpool want to secure their place in the Champions League for next season.

So,  Roy Hodgson’s last game as Crystal Palace manager before stepping down will be played at Anfield. It is the home of one of his former club, Liverpool.

Given their superior goal difference and the Reds’ recent good form, top-four is likely for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Team news

Liverpool:

  • Jurgen Klopp may well keep the same starting lineup as from Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Burnley.
  • However, Diogo Jota may return from injury for the Sunday match, but he will only be on the bench.
  • Meanwhile, Curtis Jones or James Milner are the only midfield options. But Klopp will almost certainly go with Georginio Wijnaldum in what may be his last game for the club.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson, Robertson, Williams, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

Crystal Palace:

  • Christian Benteke is a doubt for Sunday’s match against his former side. This is because Roy Hodgson does not want to gamble the striker with an unimportant game just before the Euros.
  • Benteke, on the other hand, has scored in four consecutive league games. If Benteke doesn’t start here, his replacements are Jean-Philippe Mateta or Jordan Ayew.
  • Meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha could switch to the middle.
  • Tyrick Mitchell is also questionable for the Eagles, but Hodgson thinks it’s more likely to be exhaustion than an injury.
  • Patrick van Aanholt, on the other hand, may start at Anfield.
  • Luka Milivojevic may also return here, though personal reasons kept him unavailable for the midweek loss to Arsenal.

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Mitchell, Kouyate, Townsend, Schlupp, McCarthy, Zaha, Benteke.

Prediction

  • After Liverpool beat Burnley in midweek (and Leicester lost to Chelsea), they climbed into the top four.
  • To finish in the top four, the Reds just need to equal Leicester’s result on the final day. If they beat Chelsea’s result, they may even stand to finish third.
  • Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday, with the Eagles conceding two goals in injury time in the second half.

In the reverse fixture of Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Liverpool defeated 7-0 Palace.

Palace have also conceded four goals in each of their last two visits to Anfield. So, it may not be the appropriate send-off for Hodgson.

Palace’s defenders may block Salah, who has scored five goals in his last three appearances against the Eagles, well.

On 22 goals, the Egyptian is tied with fellow Golden Boot contender Harry Kane, however. And this appears to be a strong chance for him to outscore his Tottenham rival.

So, Liverpool are likely to win a clean 2-0 over Palace.

Our Prediction: Liverpool 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

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