Liverpool is a big favorite to defeat Crystal Palace on Monday in a match that can be seen on NBCSN. Liverpool was extremely impressive last week, as they rolled over West Ham by a score of 4-0. Crystal Palace also looked good in their opener, as they defeated Fulham by a score of 2-0.
Liverpool has dominated this series of late, winning five of the last six meetings. Let’s look at this match on Monday and soccer predictions.
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Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
Date and Time:Monday, August 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Selhurst Park, Selhurst, England
Premier League Odds at BETCRIS:
Crystal Palace +536
Total 3 over
Liverpool -1.5 (-106)
Crystal Palace +1.5 (-114)
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace TV Coverage: NBCSN
Liverpool had no trouble in their opening match, as they routed West Ham by a score of 4-0. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane combined to score three of the four goals and Naby Keita was making plays all over the field. Crystal Palace started slow but eventually they put away an inferior Fulham squad, winning 2-0 in their opener.
Many people will automatically give Liverpool this road win, but it should be noted that Liverpool has struggle against weaker teams in the last two years. They have played to draws against Watford, Newcastle, West Brom and Stoke and lost games to Hull, Swansea, and Burnley. Last year it was Crystal Palace beating Liverpool by a score of 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool is expected to go with a lineup of Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Keita, Fabinho, Salah, Firmino and Mane on Monday, while Crystal Palace should be going with Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Kouyate, Townsend, Benteke, Zaha.
Player to Watch
The player to keep an eye on in this match is Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. He scored against Fulham last week and he was the leading scorer for Crystal Palace last season. The Liverpool defense didn’t have any trouble last week, but Liverpool is still without Dejan Lovren. If Palace is to have a chance on Monday they will need Zaha to make an impact and find the back of the net.
Liverpool has dominated this series, winning 27 times, while Crystal Palace has 14 wins. The teams have played to 11 draws. In their last six meetings, Liverpool has five wins, while Crystal Palace has one. The teams split their two meetings last season, with each team winning at home.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Free Picks
There is no question that Liverpool looked really good last week in the win over West Ham, but this price is really high. Liverpool is getting a ton of respect from the oddsmakers, even on the road. Liverpool has been unreliable in the past against weaker teams, so it is hard to trust them laying a big price. I am somewhat tempted to take Crystal Palace at the big price, but I still think Liverpool has too much talent to lose this one.
I think the better choice is to play the total. I know that Liverpool scored four goals last week and that Crystal Palace scored two, but I am still surprised the total on this match is three. Palace averaged 14.5 interceptions last season to lead the league and they were second in tackles per game with 18. They have a solid defense that should give Liverpool trouble. These teams played twice last season and neither of the games had more than three goals scored. I think there is some value in taking this game on Monday under the total.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Pick: Under the total at BETCRIS
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace Score Prediction:Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 1
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