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STAR PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

very early days of the Premier League season but it’s safe to say that fans of Liverpool and Crystal Palace will have been encouraged by their opening weekend performances.

Liverpool, second favourites for the league this season, started with a statement of intent with a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield. Starting where they left off last season, they were relentless from beginning to end and the Hammers, who played a high line, were carved open by the dynamic front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah. They scored three of the four goals with a quick goal for Daniel Sturridge to add some icing onto the cake too.

Even more exciting for the scousers was the standout performance of Naby Keita, the roaming midfielder whose debut had been anticipated for over a year. He broke up counter attacks, added another outlet for attacking play and also was excellent on the counter when Liverpool had the ball, hopefully setting up a big season.

Crystal Palace were marginal outsiders for their clash with big spending Fulham last week and impressed in using their experience and organisation to outfox the hosts. Wayne Hennessy had to make some very important saves to prevent them from taking the lead but their rear-guard led expert by James Tomkins, was extremely well organised and both he and Patrick van Aanholt had an excellent game, picking up where he left off last season. An inspired Aaron Wan-Bissaka also made Ryan Sessegnon have a difficult afternoon.

Liverpool will obviously be a difficult kettle of fish. Fulham had eight new signings making their debut for the first time last weekend on their first game in the Premier League since coming back up and this Liverpool side has a front three equal with any in club football with most of the side knowing each other well – Naby Keita and Alisson didn’t have much trouble integrating last weekend.

However, they will present a tougher defensive test for the visitors with the high line West Ham employed likely to be a thing of the past and heads won’t drop with an early goal either. Palace’s home record is not to be sniffed at and they were hard work for the Big Six last season – they lost to Arsenal, Manchester City and United, Tottenham and Liverpool themselves by just one goal and they also drew with Manchester City to boot.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Main Event HD / Sky 4K

(Maximum 10 matches)
MAR 2018 PREMIER Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
AUG 2017 PREMIER Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
JUL 2017 ASIA TROPHY Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
APR 2017 PREMIER Crystal Palace 2-1 Liverpool
OCT 2016 PREMIER Crystal Place 2-4 Liverpool
NOV 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
MAY 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace
FEB 2015 FA CUP Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
NOV 2014 PREMIER Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool
MAY 2014 PREMIER Crystal Place 3-3 Liverpool

The 4/9 on a Liverpool victory doesn’t make a lot of appeal with that in mind and neither does going high on goals (8/15 for Over 2.5 goals with starsports.bet), and the best bet in what could be a cagier game than expected is the 4/6 on Crystal Palace with a two-goal handicap – meaning a return if they only lose by one or better.

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