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A late Roberto Firmino winner sunk Spurs at Anfield on Wednesday night to maintain Liverpool’s 100% record at home and saw them leapfrog their title rivals into top spot.
It all remains very tight in the top half of the table though and a couple of bad results can threaten to derail a title charge.
Little would argue that Liverpool remain the front runners to clinch their second title in a row, though the one thing preventing them from breaking away has been their form on their travels. Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s men have won just once on the road this season, which came at Stamford Bridge back in September with the Blues down to 10 men for half the game.
Since then they’ve gone D4-L1 against Aston Villa, Everton, Man City, Brighton and Fulham which is certainly not the points haul they would’ve hoped from such clashes.
The last three have ended with a 1-1 scoreline, as did their away encounter with Midtjylland in the midst of this run so Roy Hodgson might have an air of confidence heading into this one.
Palace And Liverpool To Draw 1-1
It’s certainly been a positive start to the season for Palace as although they sit 12th, they’ve picked up eight points from sides above them in the table, including wins over Southampton and Man United, as well as 1-1 draws with Spurs and West Ham in their last two outings.
What’s been noticeable is although not the tightest of defences this season, Palace very rarely get run over. They’ve managed just the one clean sheet which came on the opening day of the season, though they’ve conceded exactly once on eight occasions and more than twice only once.
Only nine of the Reds’ 29 goals this season have come on the road, and we’d be very surprised if they were to run away with this game.
Crystal Palace +1.25 Handicap
Liverpool have won the last five meetings at Selhurst Park, with three coming by 2-1 scorelines and all three of those games required winners in the final 10 minutes and we’d expect a similarly close contest here too.
Jurgen Klopp decided to take a leaf out of Pep Guardiola’s book on Wednesday night and didn’t make a single change over the 90 minutes, despite repeatedly taking aim at broadcasters for the scheduling and complaining about the lack of substitutions available to him.
It therefore wouldn’t be surprising to see the likes of Mohamad Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane begin to fade as the game wears on, which brings into question their ability to get that late goal here again and makes the hosts a great proposition on the handicap, while the correct score holds considerable weight considering how frequently it’s occurred for both sides in recent weeks.