16th August 2022



5th May 2014

Tony Pulis made no bones about his disappointment in Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers criticised the Palace style after his side lost to Chelsea last weekend.

He basically said his team could expect more of the same (Chelsea's stifling defence) at Palace.

In fairness to Pulis, he has a right to be annoyed. Pulis is in our opinion the manager of the season, whoever lifts the Premier league trophy. Since he took over in November he has steered his side to a very creditable 11th place.

Palace may not play open, expansive football, but they are effective. They have lost just three games by more than a one goal margin - all to top six sides.

At home they have scored just 15 times conceding 20, but have won eight matches. Liverpool will find it hard to break down a resolute back line, and Palace look capable of sustaining the Red's normal early onslaught.

It remains to be seen if losing their long unbroken run of wins has unsettled Liverpool. Certainly the pressure is far greater now the title is no longer in their own hands - unless they can turn around a 9 goal deficit on Man City in 2 games. Given Palace's mean defence it is not a game you would choose in which to score a hatful.

On form, there is no way Liverpool should be 2/5 shots - they have failed to win 8 of their 18 away games thus far - and you have to be tempted to have a small stake on the home win. Just because Liverpool have to win. don't expect Palace to lie down - especially now Pulis is annoyed.

The best bet is to take Palace on the handicap though. Even if Liverpool manage to get the vital win, we can't see it being by more than a goal. Because Liverpool are too short the handicap prices look value.

Our Tips:

  Stake Price Profit/Loss
Palace bt Liverpool generally 1.0 8/1 -1.00
Palace bt Liverpool +1.5 on Asian Hcap Bet365 4.0 7/8 3.52