Liverpool secured their first win without Sadio Mane this season last time out as they beat a dogged West Brom side 1-0. That result condemned West Brom to a fifth loss in seven (six of which have seen them failed to score), but it’s onwards and upwards for Liverpool, who are third with five games left in their season. This weekend they take on a resurgent Crystal Palace outfit that’s picked up points in six of its last seven games, and the Eagles now have a seven-point cushion above the drop zone.
Anfield’s reputation as impervious to visiting teams has been damaged this season: Liverpool suffered three straight defeats there across all competitions in January, and they’ve conceded in seven of their last eight there, suggesting that there will be chances for Palace, who have scored seven in their last five road matches. Since Allardyce’s takeover at Selhurst Park the Eagles are W3-D1-L4 on the road, but their win over Chelsea was the first time over the last two seasons that they’ve beaten a top-six side on their travels. They may, however, fancy their chances against a Liverpool side that has won only one of its last five at home against bottom-six teams.
Palace have shown that they’re capable of beating top-six sides, and Liverpool have drawn three of their last five at home against bottom-six teams and shipped plenty of goals at home. In the absence of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson for the hosts, Palace-Draw double chance looks tasty.
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