17:30 Liverpool – Crystal Palace

Liverpool managed to win the last two matches in the Premier League. Both victories came away from home and the atmosphere in the squad is much better at the moment. The Reds beat Stoke City at Britannia Stadium and West Bromwich at the Hawthorns last weekend. These results are particularly important because came after a disappointing 2:2 draw with Bournemouth at Anfield. Liverpool are on the third place, but they will fall out of the top four if Manchester City and Manchester United win their games in hand. There is no space for any relaxation as they can’t afford to drop more points in the finish of the season. But Jurgen Klopp is dealing with serious injury issues ahead of this match, particularly in the defense. He revealed that Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva and Ragnar Klavan are all struggling to be fit for this match. That means Joe Gomez could he handed his first Premier League outing since September 2015 alongside Dejan Lovren. That’s not all, key player Sadio Mane remains sidelined through injury, as well as Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson. Lallana will return to full training next week, while Henderson still hasn’t trained and most probably he will miss the rest of the season. Finally, Danny Ings and Ovie Ejaria are long-term injury victims.
Probable starting lineups: Mignolet, Clyne, Gomez, Lovren, Milner, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Origi, Firmino

Crystal Palace are between the hottest teams at the moment. The Eagles have just one defeat on the last seven games in the Premier League, winning five of them. That includes victories over Arsenal and Chelsea. They are only the second team that managed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season. After these results Crystal Palace moved up seven points from the relegation zone and currently sit on the 15th position with 35 points. No team have been relegated from the Premier League with more than 36 points in the last decade. With six games remaining, Palace’s prospects are good. The atmosphere in the squad is positive, while the players confidence is high. Christian Benteke has scored in three of his last four games and I am sure he will be especially motivated against his former coach. Klopp is well aware of the fact how good Benteke is: “When you play against this kind of striker, you have to avoid the crosses. That’s how it works. If we let them cross 50 balls it’s likely he will have dangerous headers. That’s not his only strength but how it is.” Palace manager Sam Allardyce also has some absent players. He can not count on Mamadou Sakho as the French defender is ineligible to play against his parent club. Scott Dann is sidelined due to injury, so Allardyce should start with James Tomkins in the heart of the defense. Connor Wickham and Pape Souare remain sidelined, but Loic Remy, James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp are back from injuries.
Probable starting lineups: Szczesny; Rudiger, Manolas, Fazio, Mario Rui; Strootman, De Rossi; Salah, Nainggolan, Perotti; Dzeko

Liverpool are the most efficient team in the Premier League with 69 goals. The Reds have scored on the last nine matches and I believe they will continue. The question is if Crystal Palace are able to score at Anfield. I think so. First of all, Liverpool have kept just seven clean sheets on their last 24 Premier League games at home. Second, the Eagles are in good form at the moment and they have two players able to make a difference – Benteke and Zaha. Only Kevin De Bruyne (10) has more assists from open play this season in the Premier League than Zaha (9). Benteke, meanwhile, has scored in three of his last four games and I believe his confidence is high. Furthermore, he like to play at Anfield. The Belgian striker has scored lot of goals playing for Liverpool, but he also has scored three goals in his two previous Premier League games at Anfield as an opposition player.

Tip: BTTS (Both Teams to score)
Odds: 1.80
Result: 1:2