Liverpool vs Crystal Palace : An emotionally fueled affair for Crystal Palace || English Premier League – Round 38
English Premier League – Round 38
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – 23rd May
An emotionally fueled affair for Crystal Palace
Liverpool is now set to face Burnley, and Crystal Palace after earning three points at Turf Moor. In order to ensure their place in the top four, the Reds need to match Leicester City’s points against Tottenham Hotspur.
What works in their favour is that their star player, Dioga Jota, would be joining them. The team was ecstatic after finding out that the Portugal forward Dioga Jota could be a part of the starting XI in their upcoming match against Crystal Palace on Sunday despite his injury during one of the practice matches.
What makes the occasion more spirited is that Liverpool fans are set to witness this face-off and are anticipating an exciting match after Liverpool’s historic 7-0 win against Palace last December. However, Liverpool faced a sad defeat at Anfield in January against Burnley that ended their three-year Premier League streak. To add to that, Ozan Kabak and Naby Keita will continue to remain out for the match.
Predicted Line-Up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Dioga Jota
Despite being thirteenth on the table Crystal Palace has been going strong recently and celebrated victories in 2 out of the last three Premier League games which include triumph with a score of 3-2 against Aston Villa. That perhaps comes in as a heart-rendering goodbye to their manager, Roy Hodgson.
It is going to be a rather emotional match at Anfield, Liverpool for Crystal Palace, with it being the last one with their manager Roy. Roy Hodgson and the boys are now set to play the retirement match of the 73-year-old manager this Sunday against the team he managed formerly. The team has faced a major setback before Sunday’s match with Eberechi Eze being injured.
Predicted Line-Up: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Mitchell; Ayew, Riedewald, Schlupp, Eze; Zaha, Benteke
The Reds need to brace themselves and put up a tough last game to remain in the top four, but Hodgson’s farewell can act as a strong motive for Crystal palace to go vigorous at Anfield. It could either turn out to be an unbiased match or a narrow defeat one with both the teams having such powerful incentives.
If you take a look at the odds table, you will see that the predictions strongly favour Liverpool. Liverpool comes in with a strong and secure 1.16 while Crystal Palace has a whopping 17, and a draw brings with it an 8.75.
In such a scenario, the odds are both good and bad. While they certainly do reflect the momentum that Liverpool holds over its Sunday opponent, they do not adequately reflect the emotions with which Crystal Palace would be playing this game as a dedication to their 73-year-old manager, Roy Hodgson. A motive as strong as that would certainly encourage a thirteenth place Crystal Palace, and if it does, the rewards would be just as momentous as the risk.