Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Betting Prediction

Liverpool is riding a great victory they earned in midweek as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time header from Roberto Firmino.

The Reds went ahead in the first half when Mohamed Salah’s shot deflected past Hugo Lloris, but it wasn’t long before Tottenham responded with Heung-Min Son netting his 11th goal of the season.

The game looked like it was heading towards a stalemate before Roberto Firmino connected with Andy Robertson’s corner to put Liverpool 2-1 up in the 90th minute.

Judging by Firmino’s 90-yard run to the Kop, that was an important three points for Liverpool that put them three points clear at the top of the table.

Liverpool is swiftly back into action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Crystal Palace where a win could give them a bit of a lead at the top of the table with Tottenham Hotspur facing a tough test against Leicester City on Sunday.

Liverpool’s opponents on Saturday drew 1-1 with West Ham United during midweek as well as Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Palace is never the most consistent side in terms of results, but they will constantly cause problems for the opposition.

Former Liverpool man Christian Benteke, who has looked like an absolute shell of himself in the last few seasons has undergone somewhat of a resurgence in the last few weeks.

After going scoreless in his first 10 league games of the season, Benteke opened his account with a brace in the 5-1 win over West Brom.

The Belgian international continued his goal-scoring with the opener in Palace’s 1-1 draw with West Ham before getting sent off.

Palace sit 12th in the table after 13 games, having won five, lost five and drawn three. Surprisingly, Palace is just six points off the UEFA Champions League places with the Premier League table tight.

Despite the game being played at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace remain the last side to defeat Liverpool at home back in April 2017, but Liverpool’s luck at Selhurst Park is even better than their luck at Anfield, last losing a league game at Palace’s stomping ground in 2014.

Liverpool is riding a six-match league winning streak against Palace, winning 4-0 in their last game and 2-1 in their last meeting at Selhurst Park.

Despite the improved form of Benteke and the continued excellence of Wilfried Zaha, who should get a move to one of the Premier League’s top six next season if I may say, I think Liverpool will have too much for the Eagles in what I think will be a 1-0 victory for the visitors.

Odds on a Palace home win open at +550. Odds on a Liverpool away win open at -200. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +333.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Prediction

It’s a top of the table clash at Anfield on Wednesday night as Premier League champions Liverpool host league leaders Tottenham Hotspur in what’s set to be an enthralling clash.

Goal difference is the only thing that separates the two sides at the top of the table as they’ll be looking to make an early statement in the title race.

Liverpool were only able to claim a point in their last outing away to Fulham, a game Liverpool would count themselves lucky for getting a draw as if it wasn’t for Fulham’s several missed chances, it would have been defeat at Craven Cottage for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Liverpool are on thin legs heading into the game against Tottenham Hotspur with perennial injury doubt Joel Matip uncertain to play and Naby Keita having no rhythm in his game according to Jurgen Klopp.

“Naby has no rhythm, that’s the truth, but because of different things since we started the season again and that obviously doesn’t help performance-wise,” said Klopp of his injury-plagued midfielder.

“Then you play a game and we have only two days between the games and 

then you have to make a decision: is he ready?

“But whatever you do in the rehab process, you cannot replace the proper football training – and we don’t have a lot of football training because of the number of games we have. That makes it difficult.

“That was the case at Midtjylland; everybody who saw Naby Keita playing in his absolute best moments knows that was obviously not his best moment – normal and explainable with the lack of rhythm, but still obvious.”

It’s an advantage for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham who will feel confident that they can grab a result against this depleted Liverpool side.

Every week, Tottenham prove every doubter that they are here to stay at the top of the Premier League and a clash against the champions provide yet another opportunity to show this is where they belong and Jurgen Klopp praised the work of his fellow manager in Mourinho and said he has transformed Tottenham Hotspur into a “results machine”.

“I am not surprised because that is the world we are living in,” said the Liverpool manager. You are very successful until yesterday probably and if you don’t prove it today then people go for you. That’s how it is.

“I don’t think he was surprised but he showed come back – if it was a comeback I don’t know – skills. Very impressive. The way they play is really good. He turned them into a result machine.

“They got results and good performances and if they are not on their top form they still win and they defend collectively.”

I think it’ll be a tight contest between both sides in what I predict will be a 2-2 draw which would keep Tottenham Hotspur top of the table.

Odds on a Liverpool home win open at -125. Odds on a Tottenham away win open at +333. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +280.

Fasika’s Prediction: Liverpool 2, Tottenham 2
Best Bet: OVER 2.5 goals (-159)

Fulham v Liverpool Betting Prediction

Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Wolves last week was their biggest win of the league season so far and they follow that up with a Sunday trip to a Fulham side who sit 17th in the Premier League.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven games but will be without forward Diogo Jota who suffered a knock in their UEFA Champions League game against Midtjylland on Wednesday.

It’s a big blow for the Reds whose injury issues had begun to ease slightly with the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Jota looks set to miss out on Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur next week, a fixture that has title implications.

It’s difficult to not have one eye on the Tottenham game if you are a Liverpool player but Jurgen Klopp said he hopes his players stay focus on the Fulham fixture and not have a wandering eye on next week’s top of the table clash.

“I hope none of our players will think about [the subsequent match against] Tottenham when we are in Fulham, to be honest,” he stated.

“The situation is like it is at the top of the table, everywhere in the table pretty much, there is not a lot of distance in between. We know that and I don’t have to tell the boys constantly.

“Fulham are a really good football-playing side and the performances they showed were not all rewarded with results. The fight for staying in the league is a tight one as well, so each point helps, and they will go for everything.

If we let them play, they will play and the more we let them play, the more we have to defend and the more you have to defend, the more you have to run. All of these kind of things, we have to be really spot on in this game.”

Fulham spent just one season in the Sky Bet Championship before returning to the Premier League after a year out. That season they were in the Premier League, Liverpool did the double over them, defeating them 2-0 and 2-1 in closely fought fixtures to the credit of Fulham.

Their return hasn’t been so welcoming this year as they sit 17th in the table with just two wins in 11 games this season. Only two sides in the Premier League have conceded more goals than Fulham (21).

They lost 2-0 to Manchester City in their last fixture but scored an impressive 2-1 away victory over Leicester City prior to the Man City game.

Fulham are not one to be glossed over but I think Liverpool take all three points in a 1-0 win.

Odds on a Fulham home win open at an under-whelming +800. Odds on a Liverpool win open at -333. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +450.

2020 EPL Title Race Predictions Week 11

With eleven weeks of Premier League football under our belts, we analyze the trends of the ever-changing EPL title odds. 

Defending Premier League champions Liverpool returned to winning ways this weekend as they romped home with a 4-0 win over Wolves.

In what was Liverpool’s biggest league win of the season, they put forth an impressive performance with Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and a Nelson Semedo own goal all on the score sheet.

Another positive alongside the result was the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita from injury as they were substituted on during the game.

With the win, Liverpool stayed level on points with Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table.

Liverpool return as odds-on favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title at odds of +175.

Tough Times for Arsenal

This could be Arsenal’s last appearance in this weekly piece as they suffered yet another defeat, this time at the hands of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0. It was another noticeable dejected performance from Arsenal who didn’t even look close to scoring a goal let alone winning the game.

They’ve dropped to 15th in the table in December which means it’s no longer just poor form after a few games, we’re almost midway through the season and Arsenal have been consistently bad since October.

The whispers in the media have already begun on the future of Mikel Arteta and if he really is the future of Arsenal.

Arsenal now possess the seventh-best odds to win the 2020/21 Premier League Title at +20000.

Manchester City has earned consecutive league victories for the first time this season as they eased past Fulham 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were on the scoresheet for City who rose to seventh in the table and can go fourth if they win their game in hand against Manchester United in the Manchester derby this weekend.

Luck is starting to present itself on Man City’s side after a difficult few months with results and injuries.

Sergio Aguero made his long-awaited return from an injury setback to score in their 3-0 win over Marseille in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and will be raring to start in the Manchester derby; a fixture the Argentine has scored nine goals in.

City are the second favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title at odds of +200. 

It’s four consecutive wins in a row for Manchester United, the joint longest winning streak this season after a 3-1 win away to West Ham United.

It was another comeback for United who went 1-0 in the first half after Tomas Soucek’s first half opener.

With Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford coming on at half-time, United were revitalised and scored three goals in 13 minutes with goal scorers Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all finding the net.

Manchester United’s odds to win the title now sits at +2000, only the fifth-best in the Premier League.

It’s four wins in five games for Chelsea who dispatched Leeds 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud continued his purple patch with the equalizer after former Chelsea man Patrick Bamford put the visitors ahead after just four minutes.

Kurt Zouma scored his fourth goal of the season to put Chelsea ahead in the second half before Christian Pulisic scored his first league goal of the season in stoppage team to put the game beyond Leeds.

Chelsea possess the third-best odds to win the 2020/21 EPL Title this season at +500.

We end this article with the club who currently reign supreme in the Premier League for the second consecutive week and that is Tottenham Hotspur.

What better weekend could it have been for Spurs fans to not just go back to the top of the league but to do it after defeating their bitter rivals Arsenal 2-0 in the North London derby.

It was a spectacular goal from Heung Min-Son to put Spurs ahead before Harry Kane made it 2-0 before half-time and became the leading scorer in North London derby history with 11 goals.

It was yet another assured performance from Jose Mourinho and his side as they continue to defy the doubters about their position in the Premier League.

For now, Spurs’ title odds sit at +550, the joint third highest in the Premier League alongside Chelsea.

Midtjylland v Liverpool Betting Prediction

Having secured both passage into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and top spot in Group D, Liverpool travels to Midtjylland in an advantageous position to rest players ahead of the busy winter period in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s injury issues this season have been well documented and any opportunity to rest some starters will be given a warm welcome from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool is scheduled to play six games in the next 22 days, a tough ask for any side and Jurgen Klopp admitted naming a young line-up on Wednesday evening is possible.

“We will see. You are right, it’s the first time we don’t have to get a result in the last match of the group stage, the first time we are first in the table already.

“We have to consider the general situation, that’s clear, but we have to consider as well it’s Champions League, we are Liverpool, and we want to win the game. All these kinds of things will lead in the end to a line-up.”

Upside for Liverpool

A positive for Liverpool has been the return of some players from injury with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita making their respective returns in the 4-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who hasn’t featured this season due to injury made his return to training this week, another addition which will bolster Klopp’s side this winter.

Even without Virgil Van Dijk playing a second in the Champions League this season, Liverpool has kept four clean sheets in five games and have conceded just two goals, only Manchester City (1) have conceded less.

Liverpool’s young players have massively stepped up when they were needed which contributes to the impressive defensive record Liverpool have amassed after losing Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Klopp paid praise to his youngsters for taking their opportunity and performing valiantly in both the Premier League and Champions League.

“We don’t have to say it any differently, we had some problems injury-wise, that’s clear. We lost top, top, top, top-class players to injuries. But, of course, one door closes, and another opens up.

“What Rhys Williams did so far in the Champions League is exceptional. What Nat Phillips did when he played in the Premier League was absolutely exceptional. Neco played now two really good games in a row, especially the last one was really good. Curtis plays like he played already 10 years for us.”

Despite Midtjylland sitting top of the Danish Superliga, they haven’t carried across the same form in Europe as they sit bottom of Group D yet to win a game.

Even with Liverpool’s expected rotation, I believe they defeat the Danish side 3-0 with Diogo Jota to net after being dropped against former club Wolves on the weekend.

Odds on a Midtjylland home win open at +300. Odds on a Liverpool win open at -120. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +280.

Liverpool v Wolves Betting Prediction

Liverpool host Wolves at Anfield in what the long-awaited return of fans is back to stadiums.

Clubs whose cities are not in the Tier 3 restrictions of COVID-19 are allowed up to 2,000 fans to return to stadiums.

After a busy period of Premier League and UEFA Champions League games, Liverpool had a rest of five days after their 1-0 victory against Ajax on Tuesday.

A positive note for Liverpool are the potential returns of both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita.

Jurgen Klopp was coy on whether the pair would be in matchday squad against Wolves in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“I don’t know yet, we will see. Trent and Naby will do the first steps in team training today. Whatever we can do with that depends how it looks and stuff like this. We had some niggles after the game against Ajax, we have to see how they respond. So far, they didn’t do a lot apart from treatment and stuff like this.

“We have to see how that develops. I don’t know in the moment. Apart from Naby and Trent, nobody is coming back. There’s a chance Naby and Trent can be in the squad, I would say. If they can play? I don’t know.

“If they’re in the squad they can play but if they can start or play 90 minutes? I don’t know. There’s a chance that they are in the squad, yes.”

With the sheer amount of injury issues Liverpool have had, I would be surprised if either Alexander-Arnold or Keita played at all especially since Liverpool are not in a bad position in the Premier League and are not desperate for instant results in this period.

With Alisson still out with a hamstring injury, Caoimhin Kelleher looks set to follow up his Champions League debut with a Premier League debut against Wolves.

The 22-year-old put in a man of the match performance against Ajax in the 1-0 win and Klopp retains faith in the keeper and his ability to deal with the pressure of starting for Liverpool.

“He looked good but he’s a very calm person and he will not be flying all week, he’s a hard worker and there’s no doubt he’ll deal with the fuss around him really well,” the boss told reporters.

It was a big call to throw him in for that game but thank god it worked out, it’s not always the case and it doesn’t make the players worse, it’s just the wrong timing of the manager. For him it was good and now we’ll see how we carry on.”

Liverpool win this one for me in a 2-0 victory but must be wary of the likes of Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Adama Traore.

Odds on a Liverpool win open at -182. Odds on a Wolves away win open at +500. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +320.

Liverpool v Leicester City Betting Prediction for Week 9

Liverpool host Leicester City on Sunday evening in what is billed to be an entertaining clash between the two top sides in the Premier League.

Liverpool are nursing several injuries and will field a drastic starting line-up with a possible change in tactics.

With both Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the foreseeable future, Liverpool’s strategy of playing a high line is one that could get them into more trouble rather than preventing it.

Especially, coming up against a Leicester City with Jamie Vardy spearheading the attack, a high line even with Van Dijk and Gomez is already a risky move but without them, you’d be playing right into the Englishman’s hands.

Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara both face late fitness tests as they look to make their return to the line-up after their respective injuries.

Can Liverpool Maintain Their Excellent Form?

Liverpool are unbeaten in four games in the league and seven in all competitions, but they are coming up against a Leicester City who’ve won three games on the trot and look even better this season than they did the last.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Jamie Vardy ahead of the clash on Sunday.

“It is incredible how smart Vardy still is, how he uses his speed and anticipation,” Klopp said. “His technical level is really good too; he takes risks and gambles in a good way. He’s a proper, proper player.”

Klopp also made his feelings known (once again) on the Premier League’s decision not to allow five substitutions in a game and talked about his worry that players will continue to suffer injuries especially in the busy winter period of the Premier League as well as European competitions.

Klopp’s Thoughts on the Votes and Liverpool Betting Prediction

“There was a meeting of managers during the international break and I can tell you that had a vote been allowed it would have been 15-5 in favour of five substitutes,” he said. “But managers aren’t allowed to vote, so nothing could be changed.

“It’s frustrating, but we are just going to get on with it. We are not looking for excuses. At this club we have a lot of information about the physical state of our players and we have some young players in reserve who I am confident will be able to step up when needed.

“I don’t know if it will be possible to do anything in January, but I am happy to use some of the boys we already have. We don’t feel sorry for ourselves at this club, we look for solutions.”

Even without Liverpool’s multiple casualties, I think they grab a 2-1 result at home against a tough Leicester City side.

Sportsbooks odds on a Liverpool win open at -125. Odds on Leicester winning their fourth win in a row open at +290. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +310.

EPL Title Race Betting Predictions for Gameweek Nine

With eight weeks of Premier League football under our belts, we analyze the trends of the ever-changing EPL title odds.

Defending Premier League champions Liverpool escaped the Etihad Stadium with a point after a hard-fought draw against Manchester City.

The draw made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League since their historic 7-2 loss to Aston Villa.

It was Liverpool who opened the scoring after they were awarded a penalty with Kyle Walker bringing down Mohamed Salah in the box. The Egyptian converted the penalty in what was his eighth goal of the season, sitting atop the golden boot rankings alongside Heung-Min Son and Dominic Calvert Lewin.

City hit back under 20 minutes later as Gabriel Jesus finished off a great piece of skill to get past Trent Alexander-Arnold and finish past Alisson. The hosts were given a golden chance to go ahead as they were awarded a penalty a few minutes before half-time.

Kevin De Bruyne stepped up and to everyone’s surprise, put the penalty wide and didn’t even test Alisson.

The draw kept Liverpool second favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title according to sportsbooks where their odds open at +163.

Arsenal EPL Title Odds for Gameweek Nine

Arsenal were out-fought, out-matched and out-classed by Aston Villa who embarrassed them 3-0 on Arsenal’s turf.

It was a performance reminiscent of the last days of Arsene Wenger’s reign and the entirety of Unai Emery’s stint in charge. It was Arsenal’s fourth loss of the season and second at home.

A Bukayo Saka own goal and an impressive brace from Ollie Watkins was enough to claim the three points for the visitors who sit 6th in the table with a game in hand as their surprisingly impressive start to the season continues.

It’s Arsenal’s third loss in four games with just one goal scored in that span, and none scored from open play.

Arsenal’s lack of creativity is a far cry from the Arsenal that has been around for decades and it’s a problem that Mikel Arteta must fix and fix quickly.

Arsenal possess the seventh-best odds to win the 2020/21 Premier League Title at +6600.

Manchester City EPL Odds: The Favorites… For Now?

Manchester City may find themselves unlucky to leave the Etihad with just a point in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool after Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty.

It was an evenly matched game, but City had the opportunity to go 2-1 ahead in the first half with the penalty that De Bruyne shockingly put wide.

The draw means that City sit 10th in the table with a game in hand and they’ve yet to score consecutive wins in the Premier League this season. City have also scored just one goal in each of their last five games as the loss of Sergio Aguero to injury as hurt their goalscoring ability.

City however remain favorites to win the EPL title for the third week in a row at +150.

After going two games without a win, a 3-1 win against Everton eased the pressure on Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bruno Fernandes scored a brace and Edinson Cavani netted his first goal in Manchester United colors to condemn Everton to their third loss in a row.

Despite the win, Manchester United remain a lowly 14th in the table with a game in hand.

Manchester United’s odds to win the title now sits at +2500, only the fifth-best in the Premier League.

Chelsea followed up their 3-0 rout of Burnley with a 4-1 thrashing of Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had four different scorers in Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten record to six games.

With the introduction of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to Chelsea’s backline, not only have their defensive performances massively improved with three clean sheets in their last five league games as well as Chelsea yet to concede after three games in the Champions League but they’ve also added goals.

Kurt Zouma, Chilwell and Silva have contributed to six goals already this season, the highest in the division among defenders.

Chelsea possess the third-best odds to win the 2020/21 EPL Title this season at +800.

Tottenham Hotspur so far look like Liverpool’s closest rivals for the Premier League title as they rose to second in the league after their 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Harry Kane’s late winner was enough for all three points with Tottenham now on a three-match winning streak.

The North London club look to be a real contender for the Premier League crown this season however we will learn just how real their credentials are as they face Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in four of their next five league games in clashes that could define their season.

For now, Spurs’ title odds sit at +900, the third highest in the Premier League.