Premier League - Football: Liverpool v Crystal Palace preview
Liverpool are chasing their first Premier League win of 2022/23 on Monday when they host a Crystal Palace side with a dismal record against the Reds.
Palace have lost their last 10 top-flight meetings with Liverpool and the Eagles will be wary of a backlash after Jurgen Klopp's men put in a laboured performance in a 2-2 draw at promoted Fulham on the opening weekend.
|What||Liverpool v Crystal Palace|
|When||20:00, Monday 15th August|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event|
|Odds||Liverpool 1.28, Draw 5.75, Crystal Palace 11.00|
Liverpool forwards should extend fine run at Anfield
Liverpool had to come from behind twice to claim an unconvincing draw at Fulham in their opening game of the season but they are 1.28 to bank three points at Anfield on Monday.
Klopp's charges went through the 2021/22 league season unbeaten at Anfield, finishing just one point behind Manchester City in an epic title race, and they were ruthless against the weaker teams in the division.
Liverpool won 15 of their 16 home matches against opponents who finished outside the top four and 12 of those victories were to nil.
It is 2.00 that Liverpool win and keep a clean sheet against a Palace side who showed flashes of quality in their 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal but were punished for their errors in both penalty areas.
Eagles boss Patrick Vieira was disappointed with the goals his side conceded – a Gabriel Martinelli header from a corner and a Marc Guehi own goal after Bukayo Saka was allowed to surge down the right flank – and he also bemoaned the chances they missed at the other end of the pitch.
Palace's attacking unit remains heavily reliant on Wilfried Zaha and the Ivorian international, who had a career-best return of 14 league goals last term, is 15.00 to be first scorer at Anfield.
Unsurprisingly, that market is dominated by Liverpool players and club-record signing Darwin Nunez will be hoping to make his first Premier League start at Anfield.
The Uruguayan striker, brought in from Benfica in the summer, scored four times in a pre-season friendly against RB Leipzig last month before finding the net in the 3-1 Community Shield win over Manchester City and the draw at Fulham, where he replaced Roberto Firmino early in the second half.
Nunez is 5.00 to open the scoring on Monday but 3.25 Mohamed Salah, who shared last season's Golden Boot with Tottenham's Heung-Min Son, still sets the standard, having also notched against the Citizens and the Cottagers.
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Thiago injury could disrupt Reds' rhythm
Both Klopp and Vieira have had some early-season injury setbacks and neither side is expected to be at their most fluent on Monday evening.
Thiago Alcantara, an increasingly influential figure in Liverpool's midfield, faces around a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury at Craven Cottage and youngster Harvey Elliott is primed to deputise for the Spain international.
The Reds are also integrating a new centre-forward in Nunez and adapting to life without Sadio Mane, who opened the scoring in last season's home win over Palace but joined Bayern Munich in the summer.
The hosts are expected to be without Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain due to injuries but Palace hope to have impressive winger Michael Olise back in the squad. The France Under-21 international claimed five assists in the league in 2021/22 – more than any other Eagles player.
Both clubs showed signs of rustiness in their opening league fixtures so backing a Liverpool win and under 3.5 goals is worth considering. That bet has won in six of the last 10 meetings including the last two at Anfield.
Palace desperate to improve patchy away record
Liverpool have completed league doubles over Palace in each of the past five seasons but they had to work hard for their 3-0 and 3-1 victories last term and will be wary of the Eagles' giant-killing prowess.
Palace beat four of the Premier League's top six last season, winning 2-0 at champions Manchester City at the end of October and beating Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United to nil at Selhurst Park.
Star man Zaha scored in all four of those wins, opening the scoring in three of them, but he and his teammates will be keen to improve on last term's modest away record.
Palace won only four of their 19 road fixtures in 2021/22, losing 3-0 at Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
They have posed a limited attacking threat away from home for some time, averaging just 1.05 goals per game over the past three seasons, and they failed to score on four of their last five visits to Anfield.