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Palace have previous form for upsetting Liverpool late in the season. A 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park put the final nail in the coffin for the Red’s title bid under Brendan Rodgers, while in the following three seasons, the Eagles twice took wins in either April or May.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s charges have emerged victories in each of the seven head-to-heads since 2017/18, as the last two finished 4-0 and 7-0, so past failures shouldn’t have too much bearing here.
Liverpool are W8-D3-L1 in all competitions now, as only Real Madrid got the better of them. In the league alone that’s seven wins from nine unbeaten matches, though they haven’t been as convincing as that run would suggest.
Last-gasp goals were required against Aston Villa and West Brom, while their 3-0 win at Burnley last time out flattered them somewhat.
Still, the most remarkable aspect of this nine-game unbeaten streak has been the role of Fabinho. The Brazilian was utilized as a make-shift centre-back earlier in the campaign, having previously been used as a right-back earlier on in his career for both Monaco and the national side.
However, since returning to the base of midfield, Liverpool have taken 23 points from a possible 27, as the four that they dropped came when he dipped back into the centre of defence.
Liverpool To Win And Both Teams To Score
Given the pressure Liverpool will be under, with a victory the only way to really be sure of finishing above Leicester, we’d expect another workmanlike performance.
A lack of clean sheets has to be a concern with just two from seven league outings, as the likes of bottom-half sides Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Brom managed to find a goal each, but with fans back at Anfield they should have enough to capitalize on their momentum.
Palace have won just three times in 12 appearances now, losing five of the last seven, but were unfortunate not to take anything last time out against Arsenal as Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe bagged injury time goals.
Still, Roy Hodgson’s men have now taken just four wins from 39 games versus top-half sides since the start of last season, losing eight of the last 10 winless such matches.
Still, both teams have scored in six of Palace’s last eight against anyone, including goals versus Everton, Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal.
Their attack has taken a blow as the highly promising Eberechi Eze faces eight months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles in training, but Christian Benteke has stepped up in the final stretch and has been in great goalscoring form. Indeed, seven of his 10 goals this season have come since February, including strikes in each of Palace’s last four outings.